Though pictures of the sneaker leaked months back, Nike officially unveiled the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII today. Designed by Jason Petrie, the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII marks the 8th signature sneaker for LeBron with Nike and the beginning of a new era in his career with his move to the Miami Heat. Similar to the LeBron VII, the LeBron VIII is “built on a basketball specific Max Air 360 unit – combined with Flywire technology – for ultimate cushioning with lightweight comfort and lockdown control.”
I’ll have more on the sneaker as Nike continues to roll out some more details on the sneaker. For now, check out the tech specs and spec sheet [HERE].
-Lion on tongue represents LeBron’s ravenous nature of a hunter on court.
-Signature tongue back label inspired by bespoke off court attire, highlights the crafted nature of the shoe.
-Height differential between collar nad heel has increased, which results in better lockdown and more achilles flexion.
-Swoosh design moved back on the shoe toward rear, ending on unique spoiler loop, to symbolize LeBron’s speed on court.
-Alternating formation of laces eye row created for better fit, with a top eyelet provide enhanced lockdown through dual pull design, shaped like an 8.
-Luxurious, supple all-natural leather upper, classically crafted and molded after the shell of a dress shoe.
-Structural TPU injected frame around flywire technology, with ergonomic zonally designed support, for lightweight lockdown only where needed.
-Outsole geometry combined with X flex design decouples heel to displace force and pressure.
-Deep cut forefoot flex grooves for optimal range of motion.
-Lightweight multidirectional herringbone pattern specifically LeBron’s first step and quick cuts.
-Dual density molded internal collar foam for elevated lockdown and comfort.
-Midsole compression molded phylon interface works in concert with Max Air 360 cushioning to help guide through the footstrike and further enhance ride.
-Max Air 360 unit for ultimate cushioning and impact protection.
-Fully integrated, seamless mesh innersleeve provides breathability and comfort.
-Functional detailing in the perimeter of the outsole provides flexibility while representing personal inspiration points