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LEBRON 8 built for cushioning, comfort, control

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.