While aesthetics are important, it ultimately boils down to function. When a player put on a pair of the sneakers that bear his or her name, would it optimize their performance by 10-fold? Or hinder them like a 10-ton weight? Those questions are always present within the design bureau's confine of Nike Basketball. And you will find their answers on the latest LeBron James signature, the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII.
Some of the familiar elements have returned the 360 Air Unit and LeBron signature lion head appliqué, but LeBron VIII is really a brand new beast, with plenty of reference to the numeral "8". The upper is a lattice work of supple, all-natural leather and Flywire invoke a sense of style with performance. A hint of LeBron's speed on the court appears in the form of the Nike Swoosh swept towards the heel. On the bottom, an "8-Configuration" doubles as X-Flex insert to dispense pressure on the heel. Multi-directional herringbones tread pattern guarantees a firm planting on the court surface each time, every time. For more intriguing technical specifications on the new Nike Air Max LeBron VIII (8), simply check the details after the jump.
With a new season comes an all new LeBron James signature shoe. The LEBRON 8 is built on a basketball specific Max Air 360 unit - combined with Flywire technology - for the ultimate cushioning with lightweight comfort and lockdown control.
With a luxurious, supple all-natural leather upper, the LEBRON 8 is classically crafted and modeled after the shell of a dress shoe.
Functional detailing in the perimeter of the outsole provides flexibility while representing LeBron's personal inspiration points.
Deep cut forefoot flex grooves provide an optimal range of motion.
Lightweight multidirectional herringbone pattern specifically designed for LeBron's first step and his quick cuts.
The lion on the front-side of the tongue represents LeBron's ravenous nature like that of a hunter on the basketball court.
The tongue-back label is a nod to bespoke off court attire, and highlights the crafted nature of the LEBRON 8 made specifically for Mr. LeBron James. The numbers 828 represent the 82 regular season games and the 28 playoff games.
The dual density molded internal collar foam provides elevated lockdown and comfort.
The height differential between the collar and heel has increased, which results in better lock down and more Achilles flexion.
The structural TPU injected frame around Flywire technology, delivers ergonomic zonally-designed support, for lightweight lockdown only where needed.
The Swoosh design was moved back on the LEBRON 8 towards the rear of the shoe, ending on unique spoiler loop, to symbolize LeBron's speed on court.
Midsole compression molded Phylon interface works in concert with Max Air 360 cushioning to help guide through the footstrike and further enhance the ride.
Max Air 360 unit was designed for ultimate cushioning and impact protection.
The alternating formation of the laces eye row was created for better fit, with a top eyelet to provide enhanced lockdown through dual pull design, shaped like the number 8.
The fully integrated, seamless mesh innersleeve provides breathability and comfort.
Outsole geometry combined with X Flex design decouples the heel to displace force and pressure.
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