USA Olympic tennis shoes 2012
By: Kyra C. | July 30th, 2012 | and endorsements with almost all the top NBA players, they’ve placed sneakers on the feet of every Team USA player. Even the coach, Mike Krzyzewski, has a Nike endorsement. To celebrate, Nike has released a huge assortment of new and throwback basketball sneakers dedicated to the USA Olympic Basketball team, both past and present. But which Nike sneakers are Team USA players actually rocking on the London Olympic Courts? You can spot them by the use of red, white and obsidian blue, which you’ll see throughout Nike’s 2012 USA editions.
Nike Hyperdunk USA Edition
Out of the wide array of basketball sneakers offered by Nike, their brand new, super high-tech Hyperdunks are covering the majority of feet on the Olympic Court. Released just this summer, these sneakers offer the absolute latest in Nike technology. First, Lunarlon and Phylon is used for the cushioning and midsole. Lunarlon, inspired by astronauts bouncing across the moon, is a patented type of ultralight foam. It also allows for a larger pressure distribution area across the foot, helping to minimize stress and injury. Phylon is another Nike invention and is a firmer foam midsole made of compressed pellets. The two different foam densities are used together to provide better balance and stability.
Nike Flywire is used for the upper, which was also designed to maximize support and minimize weight through a new minimalist design and materials. It does away with bulky layers of materials and replaces them with special threading and cables. The ultra-light and ultra-strong Vectran fibers turned into embroidery threads are used to create long stitches to build the shoe to support key areas of the foot. Vectran is also known for its use by NASA and bicycle tires. The shoe is then secured with cables that wrap around the show, acting like tendons in a foot.
This design of thread, cables and sole are all that are technically needed for the shoe to work. While the material panels normally perform the function of a pair of sneakers, the Hyperdunk’s actual material covering the foot are there simply to keep the foot free of outside elements like dirt, rocks, water, etc. Because of their reduced importance, the upper materials used are specialized for high-breathability and lightness.
Another high-tech feature that will be used by frontman Lebron James and Nike’s newest team member, Anthony Davis, will be using Hyperdunk + sneakers. The Nike + system uses sensors in the sneaker sole that will gather stats and measure performance based on jumps and steps for vertical, quickness and hustle.
Besides the high-top version seen here, guards James Harden and Deron Williams will be using low-tops for extra mobility in their defensive efforts.
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