Perhaps the greatest ensemble since Chicago Bulls of the 1990s, the updated roster of Miami Heat will take center stage tonight against the Boston Celtics. Surely it has been a contentious pre-season with plenty of insults, speculations, and accusations. But the gauntlets drop here on the parquet floor of TD Garden and the world will see if LeBron James' "Decision" was the right one.
Now, even if Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and the Celtics have their ways with the Heat this evening. There is one thing they will not be able to take away from LeBron, his new Nike Air Max LeBron VIII (8). Not familiar with all its attributes just yet? You could see them all plus more right after the jump. In the meantime, you could share the moment too as NikeStore.com and select Nike retailers begin to offer the Black/White-Sport Red edition, the first of many colorways to come, today.
Color: Black/White-Sport Red
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.
See the shoe tour video on the next page..