September 30, 2010 BY John Kim
Nike Basketball has always been at the forefront of high-tech comfort and engineering, but usually the question asked at the outset is “Does it look good?”. That’s just the nature of signature shoes, where visual appeal trumps what may be under the hood and ‘the look’ is just as important (or more than) ‘the feel’. By now we’ve got a firm idea of what the LeBron VIII looks like – a luxurious upper combined with the 360-Air Unit from the Air Max LeBron VII – but the deliberation behind the design of LeBron’s eighth shoe goes further than aesthetic pleasure. The swoosh, for example, is pushed more toward the rear with the tail ending at the heel to represent LeBron’s speed, and the figure-8 graphic on the heel is actually the X-Flex design which allows the heel to displace force and pressure without missing a gear. Continue reading for a look at the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII tech-specs as well as new images of the upcoming shoe and stick with Sneaker News for more Nike LeBron news.