Certainly you have seen the Nike LeBron X's final form, but what it looked like before the sneaker made it to retail shelves?
After decades of development, the design process of shoes has changed. Designers begin to listen to what players think and get them involved in the design and development process.
During the early stages of the Nike LeBron X's creation, designers printed a prototype on a Z-Corp 3D printer. The prototype helped designers to see the direction of the design and give a sense of the shoe's proportions and panels.
As you can see from the picture below, in the very early design process the upper was very different from what it looks now. Many change has been made along the way as per LeBron's specific feedback and some refining by designer Jason Petrie.
You'll notice the unique reverse logo placement of the Nike LeBron X - on the earlier version of the sneaker, the Swoosh is taped on.
"We gave [LeBron] some Swoosh pieces and let him tape it where he wanted it to be," reveals Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Design Director.
The Nike LeBron X came a long way.
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