Review: Nike Air Max LeBron VII

“Lucky number 7”.  Perhaps Nike wanted to wish King James a dash of luck through his seventh signature sneaker as he well on his way to a second consecutive NBA MVP trophy in only his sixth professional campaign.  Whatever the case, designer Jason Petrie decided to take on a sizable risk and jump ship from Nike’s reliable Zoom Air to their also classic Air Max technology.

When I watch LeBron James’ 6’8 250+ pound power forward frame slash through a defense like a hot machete through butter, all I can think is, “unfair”.  In my mind, this guy is quite possibly the most physically perfect human being that mankind has ever seen.  Everyone is obviously blown away by his talent and abilities, but the science of his body still appears to somehow hover right over the grid of astonishment.

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No man that big is supposed to be able to move that fast with such command over his motions.  All King James has been looking for during his seven year relationship with Nike is a shoe that could specifically cater to his demi-god abilities.  Hence, Air Max, full heel-to-toe air bubble and all.

The sneaker was designed to aid LeBron, a (rumored) 270 pound super athlete, in his constant change of direction and beastly take offs to the cup.  He definitely welcomed Petrie’s decision to convert to Air Max technology by praising the shoe in saying, “It’s as if you are walking on air”.  The full 360 degree air cushion was intended to make vertical movements crisp and efficient.  From the dual ankle collar cushions to the thick patent leather toe to the precise stitching, the LeBron VII was definitely designed to befit the King’s insatiable appetite for style and flair as well.

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Aesthetically, the LeBron VII really mimics the physicality of King James.  Beneath its brutish exterior lies comfort, quickness, and agility that you would least expect upon peering its outer façade.  Taking a page from the Nike Hyperdunk line and the Nike Zoom Kobe IV and V, Jason Petrie turned to Flywire technology as a method of cutting weight off of the shoe and upgrading stability at the same time.  However, Petrie did not take Air Max and Flywire as they were, but rather revamped both innovations to fit his own vision and design.

While the shoes are very slightly on the bulky side as far as basketball sneakers are concerned (especially with ultra light low-cut rival kicks like the Kobe V), the LeBron VII definitely offers advantages and particular treats of its own.

Check out the video below with a complete behind-the-scenes look at the Sevens from LeBron himself!

[Original Release: 2009; Weight: 17.7 oz.; Players: LeBron James; Retail: $160]

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