It has been almost two years since the atmos' 'Elephant' and 'Safari' inspired LeBron 16 colorways dropped. Now King James and atmos are back with two more exclusive renditions of the athlete's newest model, the LeBron 18. The new collaborative footwear project between Lebron and atmos presents the Lebron 18 "Viotech" and "Sakuri".
Synthetic leather and suede across the partially Nike React-cushioned sneaker wrap in shades of brown and khaki, as its predecessor, the Air Max 1 "Viotech" did 18 years ago. Swooshes flex a muted but vibrant "Viotech" purple that blends with the earth tones surrounding it. As if the inspiration for the shoe isn't apparent, tongue labels are inspired Air Max release, while sole units borrow the pair's light gum brown finish.
The 'Sakura' colorway is decorated in cherry blossoms, taking inspiration from the iconic Japanese celebration, and is topped with an atmos-like finish with Japan as the background. The upper has a colorful mosaic pattern inspired by Trencadís, covering the curved surface like the wall that stretches around Park Guell in Spain. Nike breathes new possibilities into performance shoes, integrating innovation throughout the design.
The Lebron 18 Low "Sakura" release tomorrow, 4/23, online at 10 AM ET FCFS and in-stores at 11 AM ET.
The Lebron 18 Low "Viotech" will release 4/27, at 10 AM ET FCFS.
Peep the video below to hear about the story behind the shoe from atmos Japan Creative Director Koji: