You can finally put all the rumors to rest! Nike has officially unveiled its 2014 Christmas collection.
Featuring Yuletide editions of the Kobe 9 Elite, KD7 and LeBron 12, the sneakers will be worn on-court on December 25 for each signature athlete's respective Christmas Day game. Leading off the collection is the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Knit Stocking." As far as debates go, it turns out that the show is neither named "Christmas" nor "Poker Ace." Like its name suggests, the shoe's Flyknit upper took inspiration from a knitted stocking, while the marbled outsole is meant to resemble a candy cane. The highlight of the shoe comes on the inside of the tongue where it reads "Mamba's Greetings." Maybe Kobe isn't such a Grinch after all.
The next sneaker up in the collection is the KD7 "Egg Nog." Apparently, Kevin Durant is a big fan of the holiday beverage, as the creamy white upper is highlighted by a red Hyperposite heel with glossy flecks meant to emulate the condensation on a glass of egg nog. The insole reads "Fresh since '88," as a nod to the drink KD has enjoyed since childhood.
Rounding out the Christmas collection is the LeBron 12 "Akron Birch." Of the shoes, this one will probably receive the most attention, as LeBron is slated to wear the sneaker for his much-anticipated return to Miami on Christmas. The camouflage Hyperpostie overlay was inspired by Akron's winter weather and features a birch tree pattern. Giving the shoe a holiday touch is the subtle snowflake on the tongue loop.
Get a look at Nike's 2014 Christmas collection in the gallery above and pick up a pair of your favorites when they launch globally on December 26.