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LeBron James highlights ‘Rubber City’ with Nike #LEBRON12 EXT RC

This edition of the #LEBRON12, what we know now as the Nike LeBron 12 EXT RC (short for Rubber City), is an homage to Akron, Ohio’s heritage as in the rubber and auto industries, and this is a glorious model, taking a subtle color palette and making it pop with the intricate, little details.

The combination of rubber, micro-suede, and mesh give this model so many different textures and light just seems to shine and hide, depending on how you view the shoe and where you view it. While it’s intended to be something of a hardcore fashion accessory, the LeBron 12 EXT RC is clearly equipped for play on the hardwood, and don’t be surprised if you see it being worn on the court by LBJ himself.

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See more of the Rubber City edition below, courtesy of Nike.

The LeBron XII is a silhouette that represents LeBron James both on and off the court. His on-court abilities have pushed for the latest innovation in all his footwear, while his personality and spirit shines through in unique colorways and themes.

The latest LeBron XII EXT digs deep into James’ Ohio roots, featuring a design inspired by Akron’s long-established rubber industry. A city widely recognized for its bustling factories, Akron has produced countless rubber goods, most notably automotive tires for vehicles all over the globe.

The “Rubber City” inspiration is brought to life with a rubber upper emulating tire treads. A touch of luxury is added with chrome detailing taking place over the lateral side Swoosh. Additionally, the LeBron XII EXT RC features a translucent ice outsole that’s perfectly suited for off-court use.

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