Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 2:09 pm  |  32 responses

Nike Air Max LeBron VII Review

The King of all sneakers?

by Eric WoodyardNike Air Max LeBron VII

This is a public service announcement…

The Nike Air Max LeBron VIIs are the hottest basketball sneakers in the game right now!

With the seventh release of the LeBron James signature shoe, I have to admit that it sounds a little cliché to list the latest shoe as the greatest shoe but it’s true. There no other way to explain it because it’s clearly the best of the bunch.

“The New LeBron VII takes my signature line to a new level of innovation,” LeBron James said on www.nikebasketball.com.

Nearly every aspect of the shoe is beautiful which forms to make the product an overall masterpiece. Not only is the shoe eye candy for sneakerheads, it also provides maximum comfort and stability to the foot while still managing to pay homage to a few the King’s best personality traits.

Ditching the Zoom technology that was incorporated in the previous six sneakers and replacing it with the new Max Air 360 unit, James quickly shows that he’s willing to improve every aspect of his sneaker’s on-court performance. This unit contains 80 percent more air than the previous full-length unit and I can tell you from personal experience that it makes a hell of a lot of difference. This unit provides that walking-on-pillows feel and makes you forget that you’re even wearing a shoe at times.

Nike also decided to incorporate the Flywire technology into the product as well (a la Nike Hyperdunk/Hypermax) which drastically decreases the weight of the shoe. LeBron’s shoes have generally become known for heaviness and bulkiness, but this shoe is very lightweight.

The difference between the Flywire used in this sneaker than it was in previous Nike products is that a double-layer of the technology is crafted into the shoe. The double-layer Flywire is great for managing harder cuts because it makes the shoe stiffer and more durable to hold the inner beast of King James or anyone else for that matter.

“When designing the Air Max LeBron VII, we envisioned a shoe that was both strong and comfortable,” Nike Footwear Designer, Jason Petrie said on nike.com. “We delivered a shoe that is a perfect combination of superior performance and luxurious style, embodying LeBron himself.”

Paying homage to the legendary of LeBron James, as with all of the others, was also a theme of the shoe as several hints are placed throughout the shoe to remind you just whose shoes you are wearing. These include his symbol obviously, his autograph on the tongue, as well a few of his favorite punchlines (Passion, Fearless, Tradition, Community, Family, Loyalty) in several parts of the shoe.

Outside of all the technological details that went with the creation of the product, it’s just very stylish. You can rock the shoe with jeans or sweatpants and still look hot while doing so.

After purchasing the shoe, I decided to wear the shoe to a step-show on our campus and one of the security guards asked me if they were Michael Jordan’s? This is the ultimate complemeNike Air Max LeBron VII boxnt for a basketball sneaker.

Despite all of the innovative qualities with the production of the shoe, it doesn’t come at a cheap price. The suggested retail is a hefty $160.

For a struggling college student like myself, satisfying that passion for flashin’ is pretty expensive for this product, but I truly believe that the Nike Air Max LeBron VIIs are worth the investment.

Pros: Quality, Style, Comfort

Cons: $160 Price Tag

Verdict: Must Have!

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Seem good, but…….160. Damn.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    ugly, but probably comfortable for b-ball

  • ab_40

    that’s 105 euro’s I’ll just order them from the nike store haha.

  • http://shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Nice. At least it’s not bulky like the previous Lebrons. It resembles MJ 11′s. 9/10

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  • Cizzo

    Next level ish!!!

  • sush carter

    they look dope and im sure the flywire made them lighter then the previous lecinderblocks…but a Max Air 360 unit? These are straight big man shoes (as lebron is a big man), like the max air’s nike did for amare a couple years ago…guards and wings, go cop the kobes

  • d.j.

    its uglier than vujacic’s hair to me actually, and probably to heavy to ball in… nike is making their shoes so high now its uncomfortable…

  • ampd

    a few players from jamesville-dewitt were rockin these this past weekend at a tourney i went to (j-d’s where syracuse guards triche and rautins went to school). theyre so damn sweet!

  • Migs

    Can’t wait to pick this up… thanks for the review, although I was hoping it would be a bit more in-depth. I miss Professor K.

    Here’s a detailed review for those who are more concerned about performance: http://sneakerlivestock.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I need a new pair for my weekly run but damn… USD $160?!

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    I have a pair of VI’s and the double stacked Zoom air still has the walking-on-pillows feel. But they do get kinda hot cause of the leather and the shoelaces are kinda weak.
    VII is way overpriced, can probably wait till Nike releases yet another Solider for theplayoffs then the price might come down. Not really feeling the look of it, either.

  • RipShow

    Well, Nike has decided that LeBron’s shoe prices should also resemble Jordan’s.

  • doyouwantmore

    160 for shoes is stupid.

  • rog123

    I would definately buy them if I could afford them. I read somewhere that a pair of shoes costs less than $10 a pair to make. So why does nike need to sell em for so much?

  • Jrooks

    You bunch of retards its the hyper dunk with lebrons name on it do not spend 160 on these shoes

  • la huey

    no thx. i’ll just re-up on soldier 3s.

  • Arif

    what 160? these sneaks should be called insanities. who ever buy’em they insane.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Kobe IV’s will always go way harder than these shoes ever will. they are the best shoes of all time for real. play wit it.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    F&ck the price, f&ck the look, f&ck if you jerk off to Kobe posters in your room. Go to the store and put thses on.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Dope shoe. The price is just a bit too much for me…

  • Hoodsnake

    Verdict: This must be a joke. Those shoes are fugly! How much did Nike pay you to write this review? $160 maybe?

  • DS44

    Give Shaq’s fat @$$ a pair so he can get out of the lane quicker!

  • Nigel

    They look exactly like the Hyper Dunks….

  • Wendallt

    im co signing with nigel, Bron might as well been in the hyperize commercial.

  • RedRum

    I have really bad knees and ankles, and LBJs shoes are the only ones that give me enough protection to play ball. I have tried many shoes in the market, but usually my knees hurt afterward.

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  • k3v1n3o5

    $160 for LeBron’s?Thats way too much.

  • don

    i didn’t know that bad shoes can cause knee problems…. ankle maybe. but yeah, that made me think of checking out other shoes to see if my knees would respond better.

  • Alber

    great shoes. find them and many other nike air shoes at:

    seems like a very nice store.

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  • http://www.betscore.org Jan

    I must say i like this shoes A LOT! They are good for guys with more weight. But i have now knee problems again! I do not blame it all on them, but i was wearing them 2 weeks on training and my knees started to hurt. Than i user another shoes and knee problems went away. Today, after 1 week of wearing them knee problems are back :/
    But i still like shoes as all together.