Did Nike Modify LeBron James’ New Sneaker?

Has Nike made modifications to the pairs of the LeBron 15 being worn by LeBron James in games?

Nike LeBron 15 PE
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Nike LeBron 15 PE

As the face of Nike Basketball, LeBron James regularly receives new PEs of his signature models. We have already seen The King wear his fair share of exclusive colorways of the LeBron 15 this season, but as of late he's been wearing previous models like the Soldier 11 or LeBron 14. However, when he returned to his 15th signature sneaker last night against the Atlanta Hawks, something was a little different about his pair. 

From a cosmetic perspective, the PEs featured a never-before-seen grey, black, and gold accented colorway, but a closer look also shows that the model's tooling was modified. This particular pair had additional rubber on the outsole to create an outrigger, while the retail version of the LeBron 15 opts for a radiused edge. A lateral outrigger is a typical feature found on basketball silhouettes, added to increase ankle support by limiting the chances for a roll-over.

It's worth noting that James suffered an ankle injury prior to the start of the season, which had his playing status in jeopardy for the Cavs’ opener. He's since aggravated it during the season.

Nagging injury or not, James currently is leading the Cavs on a 10-game win streak following the team's sluggish start, and averaging 28 PPG, 8.5 APG, and 8.1 RPG on the season. Check out the comparision below for a closer look at last night's modified PE. 

LeBron 15 Outsole
Nike LeBron 15 PE