Elite Series Debuts in 2012
As stated earlier, the Nike Basketball Elite series debuted in 2012 with the LeBron 9 Elite, Kobe 7 Elite, and Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Elite. Setting the precedent for all Elite sneakers to follow, each shoe was stripped down for lighter weight and also added carbon fiber support in strategic areas for maximum support. Each model debuted in both black and white colorways with metallic gold accents.