The official images of the LeBron 18 Lows have been leaked. Lately, the LeBron Lows have become somewhat of a takedown model from the main signature line. Last year’s LeBron 17 Low received a budget treatment, where the large Air Zoom pods on the forefoot were replaced by React foam and the upper used a normal mesh material compared to the Knitposite used on the LeBron 17. The LeBron 18 Low is no exception as there are noticeable differences compared to the LeBron 18.
The biggest difference is the upper, instead of using Knitposite 2.0, the LeBron 18 Low uses standard mesh mixed with fuse. Around the back, the large exterior TPU heel counter has been replaced by a modest internal heel counter. The signature Air Bags on the tongue have also been removed, possibly for cost cutting purposes.
The biggest question is the cushion set-up of the LeBron 18 Low. The LeBron 18 turned heads during its initial release due to its loaded cushion set-up, which saw the use of a full-length Zoom Air unit, a Max Air unit and Cushlon foam. Like the upper, we expect the cushion to be inferior compared to its main model. The most likely combination is a Max Air unit with a Cushlon foam midsole with no Air Zoom units.
Whilst official images have been leaked, Nike is yet to officially announce the shoe. We do expect the shoe to release in the upcoming months and the price to stay around the range of the LeBron 17 Lows which was $170.
Source: Images via Twitter/@US_11