Posted by Ben Golliver
The Associated Press reports that Miami Heat star LeBron James and Nike are set to release the "LeBron 8 South Beach" sneaker on Saturday. The sneakers are designed as an ode to Miami's original sports franchises and culture.
The shoe shown Saturday have a turquoise and black scheme, similar to Dolphins and Marlins colors—a “pre-Heat” version, James said, noting that the design is based around Miami themes. James said “shoeheads will definitely love it” and that the initial response to the sneaker has been overwhelmingly positive.So what does $160 get you these days? Aron Phillips over at Dimemag.com has pictures of the new South Beach sneakers ; I would recommend putting on sunglasses before clicking. Phillips gives his approval to the ostentatious colorway, calling the shoe a "must-have" and noting that the color scheme is "inspired by Miami’s Art Deco District (marked by the pastel-hued buildings that line South Beach and Miami Beach) and the hit 80s crime drama Miami Vice."
It retails for $160.
The South Beach sneaker is actually a special edition version of James's new Nike Air Max LEBRON 8, set to be released later this month in black and red to match Miami's jerseys. SunSentinel.com's Business of Sports blog has this sneak peek at the LEBRON 8s .
Last but not least, here's a video tour of the new shoe from Nike designer Jason Petrie.