Nike presents LEBRON 8 PS, LeBron James’ first signature shoe featuring Hyperfuse construction. This kind of construction provides strong and lightweight lockdown support with a unique breathable quality difficult to attain in high-performance basketball footwear. It sheds 1.5 ounces from the regular season model (U.S. Men’s Size 9), making a statement as the 82-game season comes to a close and the playoffs begin. By creating a shoe that is lightweight, supportive, breathable and durable, the LEBRON 8 PS is the perfect weapon for the sprint at the end of the marathon, when the smallest detail can make all the difference.
″Heading into the final stretch of the season, the LEBRON 8 PS mirrors my evolving game as
strength and endurance are tested,″ said James. ″The lion symbol on the tongue of all three
versions of my eighth signature shoe keep me hungry and focused each time I lace up.″
Jason Petrie designed the LEBRON 8 series and collaborated closely with LeBron for the three-art series. ″One of the main things LeBron and I talked about early on was how do we develop a series of shoes that syncs with the change in his body and in his game over the course of the season, especially as he moves from the regular season into the intense and critical post-season,″ said Petrie. ″LeBron found success in the first two LEBRON 8 shoes and
we want to make sure we give him every advantage as he enters this intensified last run of the
The LEBRON 8 PS combines three unique materials together to form the
Hyperfuse constructed upper. The first layer is made of synthetic underlays strategically placed
for support, the second layer is made of single layer mesh for ventilation, and the top layer is
made of a thin layer of TPU that is placed in high-wear areas for durability.
For added lightness, Petrie changed up the Max Air cushioning from the Max Air 360 unit to a
lighter Max Air 180 unit in the heel, Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and carbon fiber in the arch to
create an evolved cushioning system engineered for LeBron. The full-length Cushlon midsole of
the LEBRON 8 PS provides springy, resilient and durable cushioning and comfort.
The solid rubber outsole’s herringbone pattern and outrigger provide superior traction, quickness
and lateral stability, while the exaggerated flex grooves in the forefoot and heel expose the midsole foam to reduce the overall weight of the shoe.
Like the first LEBRON 8 and V/2, the LEBRON 8 PS visual design was inspired by a lion and
James’ ability to attack from all angels on the basketball court. Distinguishing details such as the
tongue’s depiction of a lion facing his opponents, LeBron’s signature on the heel, plus eyestays
shaped like the number eight in reference to James’ eighth signature shoe, complement a design
personalized to James’ performance. Fans of the shoe will discover the subtle change in the
inner-tongue to reflect the completion of the 82 games regular season, and the start of the 28
game post season.