words // Nick DePaula
images courtesy Ryan Unruh

The playoffs begin today. Wooooot!!

With that, Nike Basketball launched three elitified models of their lead signature shoes that we saw during the season, adding carbon fiber, upgraded Kevlar Flywire cables and construction tweaks to the LeBron 9, Zoom Kobe VII and Hyperdunk 2011.

Each model includes clean and simple white / black and all black base colors featuring metallic gold branding. Do you have a favorite? Vote below in the Poll section and let us know.

Nike LeBron 9 Elite

Nike Zoom Kobe VII Eite

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Elite