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NIKE LEBRON 8 The Nike LeBron 8 is the eighth sneaker in the mainline LeBron James lineup for Nike, a silhouette designed by Jason Petrie that arrived at a historical moment in James' career as he left his longtime home with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. This decision was famously captured in what is hands down the most sought after colorway of the sneaker, the Nike LeBron 8 'South Beach'.

A Complete History of Nike LeBron Sneakers Worn by King James

September 5th, 2013 by | 12 comments

lebron james complete history A Complete History of Nike LeBron Sneakers Worn by King James

Can you name every sneaker from the Nike LeBron line that King James himself has actually worn? Probably not, that is unless you study this latest list from Complex. The group of photos is quite an undertaking, boasting a complete history of the various sneakers from his own line that LeBron James has worn ever since he first stepped into the spotlight during his rookie year. Pairs that you may not remember included the Nike LeBron IV in that subtle white/chrome look, the lasered version of the first LeBron Solider model, the “Red Carpet” Nike Air Max LeBron VII and more. Continue reading for some hits from the list and then head to Complex for the full piece.

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Chamber of Fear to Terracotta Warrior: The History of Nike LeBron “China” Editions

August 28th, 2013 by | 11 comments

lebron china sneakers Chamber of Fear to Terracotta Warrior: The History of Nike LeBron China Editions

LeBron James emerged as a phenom in Akron as a nationally-recognized player for St. Vincent – St. Mary. He became a superstar in Cleveland, winning MVPs and Gold Medals with the Cavaliers. In Miami, he became a Champion, leading the Heat to two straight. LeBron James’ rise to legend-status can be tracked by specific regions, but here in the U.S., we often forget LeBron’s meteoric rise to fame in China, where the basketball crazed country has made the world’s best ballers like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant into god-like beings. LeBron James definitely belongs in that club, and over the last decade, Nike has taken a concerted effort in bringing a special treat to a country boasting the largest population in the world.

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Nike LeBron Black Collection Display at Nike WHQ

August 14th, 2013 by | 3 comments

nike lebron black collection display whq Nike LeBron Black Collection Display at Nike WHQ

LeBron James spent some time on August 13th traversing the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR by foot and by bicycle, making some pit-stops at a LeBron sand sculpture (yes, the Portland area has sand) and an interesting display inside the WHQ walls. Ten years of Nike LeBron greatness were up for viewing, with each of LBJ’s signature models individually encased along a straight line makeshifting a metaphorical road to the Nike LeBron 11. The entire set was in an all-black format – some of which we’ve seen before, some not at all, but all amazing. With two NBA Titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, four NBA MVPs, and a Dunk Contest Trophy already under the man’s belt, it seems timely for Nike to embark on a LeBron retrospective of some sort, and we can most certainly expect a story-line with the debut of the LeBron 11.

Like it or not, this interesting display brings us back yet again to the topic of the Nike LeBron Retro. If you compare the trajectory of the Air Jordan and the Nike LeBron, you’d realize that the two could not be more different. Air Jordans made their Retro debut in 1994 when MJ was thought to be done with the game, while LeBron James has shown zero signs of desire to hang ‘em up earlier than usual. More importantly, the Air Jordan line was all about sleek and stylish design opposed to the Nike LeBron, which is revered for its robust innovative upgrades like Dynamic Flywire, Hyperfuse, full-length Zoom and much, much more. ┬áSo while it would be nice for Nike to celebrate ten years of LeBron in some way, is a bringback of the early models – namely the Air Zoom Generation that LeBron himself wore just a few days ago – the way to do it? There’s more to come for sure, so check out the video that LeBron James himself took for his IG followers and let us know what your expectations are for a LeBron Retro movement.

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Nike LeBron PE Display for “Witness History” Tour

July 23rd, 2013 by | 7 comments

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While the Jordan Brand athletes head out to China and Kobe enjoys some downtime in Europe, LeBron James and Nike has decided to hit up the Philippines for a special “Witness History” Tour, which features some cool in-store events as well as some live demos of the King on a basketball court. His time out there has already resulted in a couple of killer sneaker exhibits, including that set of incredible customs and this, a collection of player exclusives and rare pairs from King James’ career (definitely some gems in here, most of which can be seen in Justin Amazing’s collection). Starting all the way back at the Nike Air Zoom Generation, the display includes hard to track down fare like the Nike Zoom LeBron IV “Fruity Pebbles”, the “Denim” Nike LeBron 8, and the not-quite-player-exclusive Nike LeBron X “MVP”. See the sneakers after the jump and let us know if you own any of these rare LeBrons, and stay tuned for more recaps from Nike and Jordan Brand’s plans overseas.

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Nike LeBron 8 “Black Widow” by Dank Customs

July 8th, 2013 by | 3 comments

nike lebron 8 black widow customs Nike LeBron 8 Black Widow by Dank Customs

The Nike LeBron 8 was LeBron James’ first shoe following “The Decision”, and hence the sneaker to help him make the transition over to the black and red palette. Adding on to the crop of Miami colored retail releases that fell for that shoe in its initial run is this, a pair from Dank Customs that uses the same shades to different effect. Shown is the Nike LeBron 8 “Black Widow”, a spooky spider pair that sees its titular arachnid stamped onto the ankle collar. See full images of this new pair from Dank Customs and tell us where the Nike LeBron 8 ranks amongst King James’ post-Cavs silhouettes.

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Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach 8.5″ Customs by Twizz

March 19th, 2013 by | 5 comments

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For as long as the Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach” will remain such a coveted pick up, we will continue to see the colorway ported over to many a model in the custom scene. This new pair from Twizz Customs actually keeps the colorway at home on the Nike LeBron 8 model, but mixes in the later “Miami Vice” look from the Nike LeBron 9. The result has a sort of splattered look to and much more black going on than the original “South Beach”. See the Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach 8.5″ after the jump and let us know if you’re feeling this belated tribute from the hands of Twizz.

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Nike LeBron 8 “Victory Green” Sample on eBay

December 12th, 2012 by | 3 comments

nike lebron 8 victory green sample Nike LeBron 8 Victory Green Sample on eBay

The never-ending channel of unreleased Nike LeBron samples continues as we get another look at this rare “Victory Green” sample of the Nike LeBron 8 V/2. We first saw this sample over a year ago as the LeBron 8 cycle was coming to an end, but with this fresh look arriving right in the middle of the Nike LeBron X, what are your thoughts, in retrospect, of the LeBron 8 V/2 design? Some call it the best LeBron ever, while others pin that title to another. Let’s hear your personal “best LeBron ever” and if you do in fact pick the 8, let us know where this “Victory Green” sample lies in your ranks before you check the asking price from kenm5510 on eBay.

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