This is the Nike Lebron IX (9) PS Elite in the black and metallic gold color combination. Last year Nike released a Version 2 of the Nike Lebron VIII (8) that grew very popular due to the use of a hyperfuse and mesh upper, and also a third version labeled the P.S. which was looked at as a lower end performance model. But this gave way to what would come this year with the highly anticipated Nike Basketball ELITE series set to release for playoff time. Nike took three of its basketball models (the Nike Lebron 9, Nike Zoom Kobe 7, and the Hyperdunk 2012) and revamped them with supreme materials, most notably an extensive use of real carbon fiber. This Nike Lebron IX (9) features carbon fiber on the side panels all the way around, on the inlets that suppport the sides of your feet, a shank plate, and the carbon fiber based Flywire. Also included is a lining similar to that on the Nike combat sportswear. This model is lighter, stronger, and offers more support and cushioning to bring you the ultimate performance basketball shoe. Lebron James is currently wearing these through the 2012 NBA playoffs in his quest for an NBA title ring.