Nike LeBron 18 Low: Performance over anything else

Many were surprised when the LeBron 18 Low was released and it doesn't look a lot like the regular 18. It uses a different material for the upper; but just like any other shoe from the LeBron line, performance and function take precedence over anything else. Wearers of this low-top get to enjoy the following:

Light durability. The change to a woven material in the upper is strategic; the move has reduced the shoe's weight without sacrificing support and structure.

Secure lockdown. The collar may have been cut low, but the shoe is equipped with fuse overlays, an external heel clip, and an outrigger to ensure containment.

Well-cushioned ride. The Air Max unit in the midsole ensures that every step is comfortably well-padded.

Colors of the LeBron 18 Low

Like any signature shoe from Nike, the low version of the LeBron 18 comes in colorways that tell special stories that have something to do with LeBron James's life and/or career. The following are just some of the most memorable colorways: 

Heart of Lion. Despite his mistakes and eventual first-round elimination from the 2021 Playoffs, the fact remains that he is a lion on the court with or without the actual crown. The Nike Lebron 18 Low Heart of Lion pays tribute to this. This black/white shoe has bright orange accents in the heel and tongue.

Lebronold Palmer. Paying tribute to James's favorite drink Arnold Palmer, the "LeBronold Palmer" rendition of the 18 Low boasts tropical colors and graphics.

Space Jam pack. James stars in the much-hyped sequel to the 90s blockbuster Space Jam. To celebrate this milestone, the 18 Low is released in special colorways that are based on the funky Looney Tunes characters featured in the film.


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