Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 11:28 am  |  15 responses

LeBron’s Latest Kicks

LBJ lightens up for the second half of the season.

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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  • larrylegend

    zoom instead of max air and we can talk!

  • Bruno

    I prefer the CP3 from yesterday

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    They almost look like they could be made for WNBA players. They’re way too clean for my taste. Pretty more than stylish.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @Eboy I think I’m a colorway away from really liking these ones.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    they are nice.. but seems like they missin some color

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Maybe it is the colorway. I like the shoe design itself….but like cantrell said it looks like it needs more color.

  • Gus

    agree with iamlarrylegend, this is nothing but another fail by nike, re-doing a shoe in midseason? c´mon! 360 airmax for bball is a mistake! just admit it

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Give me a better colorway and I’ll call these fresh. I wouldn’t buy them though ($150+ is too much for me)

  • miaheat

    Christnas editions has better colorway.

  • A

    Honestly, these shoes are pretty nice. They have sick colorways, and the fact that they are LeBrons is pretty cool anyway. I’d uby them, but they dont make lebrons in wide sizes. But it is a cool shoe.

  • mytiman

    waste of money.

  • the_baller20

    and to think i was just going to buy the lebron 8′s… he keeps coming out with new shoes so fast its crazy… almost impossible to keep up with…


    Best ones ever


    better than kobes!


    better than kobe’s