Basketball / 01.04.11

Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 Cool Grey

words_Nick Engvall

The most impressive silhouette to have ever received the “Cool Grey” colorway may have just released last month but that doesn’t mean that other styles don’t look good in the popular colorway. Seeing that LeBron James and the Miami Heat have finally begun to live up to expectations, you can’t help but ask, is it the shoes?

It seems that since the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 started showing up on King James’ feet in our Sneaker Watch coverage, Miami has been on a tear, winning 6 straight games and 9 of their last 10. During that stretch, LeBron has been playing at a level that could easily land him MVP honors, and the NBA awarded he and teammate Dwyane Wade a split of the December Player of the Month honors, as well as back-to-back Eastbay Player of the Week honors.

The Cool Grey colorway of the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 is accented with Dark Grey and Metallic Silver details and sits atop a White outsole. The faint silhouette of the lion’s eyes on the tongue seems to have an eerie aggression that mimics the way James has been playing lately. Flywire technology gives the LeBron VIII V2 support and lockdown, while a full length Air Max 360 Unit provides responsive cushioning.

Available February 4th at Eastbay.

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Author: Nick Engvall


  1. nicknaming these COOL GRAY is pure hype…. eastbay needs to sell lebrons but com on….

  2. Nikolas says:

    Maybe it is cool gray, but maybe the color was altered when you put it on flywire and synthetic uppers

  3. BRich says:

    Cool Grey/White-Dark Grey is the official colorway. This isn’t Eastbay creating “hype.”

  4. teemasuoka says:

    Gotta admit, it’s a pretty nice colorway especially with the hint of neon green. make the 360 air unit green!

  5. Conor says:

    Doesn’t mean it’s okay. Nike screwed up.

  6. Andrew says:

    Cool Grey is a colour that Nike has used on heaps of shoes. it’s likely they don’t even own the rights to it. All shoe companies use colour systems that have names that are weird, or sometimes don’t relate to how the colour is perceived at all. Adidas used a colour years ago called “scorched almond” that was pretty much Carolina Blue. Also, professional pictures with different lighting means that the shoes will look different in the flesh. Calling it Cool Grey has nothing to do with XIs, in the same way that Varisty Maize doesn’t only get used on Kobe’s shoes.

  7. BRich says:

    ^Well put.

    And yes – Nike’s version of Cool Grey definitely appears on the midsole and medial portion of the toe.

  8. 23MIKE24 says:

    @Andrew kobes are all del sol these days, but you’re absolutely right. That’s the name of the color, and like BRich said, it definitely does appear on the shoes. It would seem to be a fitting nickname. I’m sure Nike knows that calling them that creates some hype, but that’s their job. You can’t really knock them that.

    Anyway, looking at these, I gotta say CG VII >>> CG VIII

  9. i am not hatin, i actually love and will buy them, but i really think they are a lot darker overall to nickname them that, its just to create more buzz, im not saying its wrong, every brand have their marketing and stuff, im just pointing it out…

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