by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

In many ways, LeBron James is changing the game. Whether he’s reshaping the power structure of the League or blending the skill set of five players into one every night on the court, everything LeBron does seems to be a step in a new direction.

His sneakers are the latest part of his game to take it somewhere new.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, the white/black/red home colorway of the LeBron 8 V/2 will hit stores. Loaded with Flywire technology and TPU-enforced lightweight mesh, the V/2 is the evolution of the Lebron 8 and is also what he’ll wear through the second half of the season. LeBron seems psyched about the modified shoe, which was designed by Jason Petrie and is an ounce lighter than the first incarnation of the LeBron 8.

From Nike:

“During the first half of the season, the LEBRON 8s gave me a lot of support and protection,” James said. “Heading into the critical second half, the LEBRON 8 V/2 mirrors my evolving game as I become leaner and faster. And I use the lion symbol on the shoe for inspiration as we drive towards a winning season.”

The shoe hangs onto the distinguishing features that the first LeBron 8 had, in the Max Air 360 cushioning system and a perforated high performance sock liner. Pics are below. What do you guys think of the LeBron 8 V/2?

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