Without a doubt, Nike is the leader when it comes to high-end performance basketball shoes. The Swoosh has a variety of offerings, ranging from the LeBron, Kobe, and KD line, to the Jumpman-branded ones with the Air Jordan and Why Not? series. For 4Q 2020, we have the Lebron 18 for Nike’s mainstream line and the Air Jordan XXXV for the Jumpman.
With the Lebron 18, lead designer Jason Petrie imagined LeBron James’ 18th signature sneaker in two halves: the forefoot area focusing on speed and the heel area focusing on power—both being crucial to LeBron’s game.
This design idea led to incorporating unique features from the LeBron 15, 16, and 17 into one sneaker, with the addition of a unique Max Air unit on the tongue.
Going to team Jordan, the Air Jordan XXXV refines the performance features of the Air Jordan XXXIV by improving on the Flight Plate—now called Eclipse Plate on the Air Jordan XXXV—while incorporating an updated Flightwire and Kurim cage.
Compared to the LeBron 18, the Air Jordan XXXV has a unique look, as it pays homage to the Air Jordan V through some design elements like the Nike Air branding on the heel, tongue shape, and 23 branding on the side.
Which of the two basketball pairs should you get? Make sure to watch both videos so that you have a clearer decision.