March 26, 2012 BY John Kim / 52
In retrospect, the South Beach LeBron 8 could not have arrived at a better time. Hearts were still sensitive about LeBron departure to Miami, but instead of succumbing to the angry rants and blog-posts, Nike responded with ‘Rise’ and hit us with the South Beach colorway, boldly stating “He’s in Miami now. Deal with it.” in such a way that not much else could be said. Since then, the South Beach LeBron 8 skyrocketed in price while LeBron went to the NBA Finals in his first season with Miami, solidifying his decision to truly be to the best of his interests. ‘South Beach’ returns once more to the LeBron 9 Elite, which carries a hefty price-tag of $250 thanks to the re-tooled build and materials like carbon fiber, Pro Combat, and a lightweight upper. No U.S. release date has been confirmed yet, but these have begun to pop up at Euro retailers like ATAF, so perhaps a release will be sooner than later. We’ve got another detailed look below so take a gander and let us know what you think.
Nike LeBron 9 Elite
Wolf Grey/Mint Cindy-New Green-Pink Flash
Just like every release from nike (except galaxy foams) you can count on an online release sooooo while you all fight over these i shall make a few clicks on a mouse and have them in my possession with next day air
LOVE the shoe first off. But I wont be able to cop cuz I don't have a super cool connect and I don't got stupid money for these re-sellers.
if all of yall were nike yall would do the exact same thing with the pricing. demand is high on lebrons, kobes, durants, jordans etc... right now. so they can just raise up the price a little more and more since theyre in control. they know doods arent guna be "out-shined" by someone. plus all the "street doods" have expendable cash anyway. (various materials do make the price go up for nike though) a wise man once said : "you dont work, you dont eat. you dont grind, you dont shine"
don't sleep on these my fellow sneaker heads, cop them or you will be sorry..i bet these look way better in person
the elite design are tough ja,. but south beach color's not my type, so be waiting for heat colors ja.. peace..
i'd rather pay nike $250 than a 8Itch @ss reseller. Nike should start selling shoes at 350+ so we can be brought back to reality when we had to save up for that special sneaker. Or people can stop buying from resellers and accept the loss. No shoe is worth $50 over retail imo.
Feel like people saying these aren't touching the 8's are those with the 8's but can't afford the 9's. I have the 8's and will gladly be getting the 9's cuz I love the South Beach colorway. The 8's were an amazing shoe but the 9's truly encompass the South Beach scene with just the hints of the vibrant colors making them pop that much more. The 9 is killer with the pink laces, I don't personally own a shoe I would rock pink laces in (even the 8's) but this is the perfect storm. Adding to the collection, HATING the message I'm sending Nike about their retail prices.
here we go again hyping the shoe, Nike is just jerking the price for this joint no one buys no demand high in supply and if supply is high the price is lower but with the culture, addiction, hype everybody gonna buy this... i wish to go back to old days where shoes are easy to cop....
I realllllly like these!!!! I don't want to pay 250 for them but I might have to! That is if I can get them!
Wow, I honestly really love the Elite design, and I love the white and black with gold colorways and what not. but these are so awful. And they will still sell out and be fought over because of the nickname. The south beach 8s were hot. These are an awful sequel with an ugly grey all over it, and no historical significance or timing like the 8s had. However, this isn't even ABOUT comparing them to the original model. These on their own are not nice.
Better Quality than the 8's , More practical than the 8's , and more versatile than the 8's , alotta these opinions claiming these to be "Not touching the 8's" seem more monkey say , monkey do cuz HYPE not with standing, the South Beach 9 may be better looking shoe
To watch the Lebron line mature much like Jordan, things go in full circle. Remember when I was 8 and people in school talked about the next Jordan was as good as the last. Now the Lebron sig gets that same argument. Sneakers...
Sneakernews really!!!..every fuckin 20 mins another story bout these kicks....stop hypin them up and let people make their own decisions
im gonna agree wit my man up there. half mcfly. half south beach. they r dope. not better than the original south beach of mcfly obviously but they are pretty solid
jesus 250 nike really???? there ripping everyone off cuz they know were gunna buy em. these cost nike about 5 dollars to make and they sell them for 250. bs
im not trying to sound like a hypebeast but they would honestly look better with the upper was all that south beach teal with the black carbon fiber or at least some other color im just not feeling the grey
it would be sweet if these werent gonna be hyped and sold for $1000. It would also be sweet if they retailed for under 200 and it would be sweet if regular sneakerheads could buy them without waiting for a month outside some HOH. fuck nike
I think I would like these more if the original south beaches didn't exist...because these aren't touchin them.... but lebron 9 elites are super nice.
About $200, but it won't let you buy, I tried to buy them, and got my polish mate from high school to translate, but he said its purely an advert and are not available for pre-purchase
I was thinking the same thing. That Gray makes them look incomplete. Like when you start out on a blank shoe on NikeID.com
first off to me dese are the best brons ever idc dats my opinion i jus hate dat dese are 250 n even if i get the money in time ik for a fact i wont be able to get these becuse of the damn hype :(
Nice ass show but it pisses me off cus of all the hype lebrons are getting now since the south beaches, i remember how easy it was to just go to footlocker and by a hot pair of the lebron 7s for only 160 without any problems...250$ + HYPE + ****ing resellers = BULL
They are nice, but not worth $250. Nike is only testing out how much people are willing to pay for their products. I hope people don't buy these, but I know they will because it's a nice shoe. All of this will result in Nike being able to jack up their prices some more. Fuck paying ridiculous prices for shoes, and fuck re-sellers!!
Nike charges more for the shoes because of research and development and because of the technology. Believe it or not, but most of the billions of dollars Nike makes is from shoes that cost less than $100.
If people are to willing to pay to resellers, why not pay stupid prices to nike. is a matter of time to nike figure out that people are paying 300 plus for a pair of sprites or solar red.