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When Nike debuted the LeBron 12, we not only got to see a detailed look into King James latest signature shoe, but we also saw a window into where Nike is headed in the future. Zoom Air was first introduced in 1995 on the Air Go LWP, and has been the gold standard of cushioning throughout most of Nike's footwear lines.

With the introduction of the LeBron 12, Nike also debuted Hex-Zoom cushioning, a system of hexagonally shaped pods on the outsole that enhances natural motion through flexibility, while providing accelerated explosiveness through each step. Earlier today, we saw a sample of the Flyknit Racer with a Hex-Zoom outsole, which goes to show that Nike is considering this technology for their footwear lines beyond basketball. We've already seen the upcoming Zoom Fit Agility, and Zoom Hypercross trainers outfitted with Hex-Zoom, but here's 5 other sneakers from the Swoosh that could benefit from utilizing the new tech.

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No. 5: Nike KD VII

When it comes the cushioning, the KD VII is pretty stacked up. Nike outfitted it with a data informed shank, and 180 degree Zoom Air unit, but the use of Hex-Zoom could improve the shoe in several areas. The addition of Hex-Zoom could improve flexibility, which isn't the KD VII's strong point, and enhance the cushioning responsiveness.

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No. 4: Nike Hyperdunk 2014

The major selling point for the Hyperdunk 2014 is the ultra lightweight Lunarlon outsole that absorbs the impact from jumping. Swap out the Lunarlon for Hex-Zoom, and although some weight may be added, you'll experience the same responsive cushioning while giving the shoe a lower profile and unique look.

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No. 3: Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour

Who says tennis shoes don't need cushioning? Tennis requires shoes that can withstand the lateral movements and quick cuts to get around the court. Although many people don't compare the two, the movements in tennis are similar to those while playing defense in basketball, so having the right cushioning and flexibility could aid in this. If Nike was able to rework the Hex-Zoom pods by adding tread patterns specific for tennis courts, they could have a real winner on their hands.

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No. 2: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31

So far Nike's only utilized Hex-Zoom for basketball and training shoes, but it's greatest application could be in the running category, and what better shoe then the Pegasus 31. Getting the additional flex and cushioning from Hex-Zoom could improve the overall ride of the shoe, and offer an even lower offset if Nike fine tuned the details.

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No. 1: Nike Kobe 9

Like the Hyperdunk 2014, the Kobe 9 uses Lunarlon for it's cushioning needs, but why not upgrade one of the most advanced shoes in Nike's line with their latest tech. The shoes design even allows for Nike to keep the drop-in Lunarlon sockliner, and use Hex-Zoom for the outsole to give a fully cushioned feel throughout. The Mamba requires the latest and greatest, why not give him the best for his last couple seasons in the league.

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