The Air Max LeBron VII was released in 2009, and was mostly the brainchild of Jason Petrie. “We delivered a shoe that is a perfect combination of superior performance and luxurious style, embodying LeBron himself,” the designer remarked. Although these were the same goals as before, the advent of newer technology again made this pair a standout. Air Max 360 cushioning and Flywire were the two new big additions. Cushioning wise these excelled beyond expectations, managing to keep the sole thin but still pack 80% more air within it. Flywire made sure the shoe kept up with its predecessor in the lightness department, due the fact that although it weighed slightly more, it had way more bells and whistles and should have been closer in weight to the older models. In fact, it was the lightest shoe to feature a full-length Air Max unit, even beating out the Nike Hypermax. Aside from weight issues, the Flywire helped return the series to a snug and secure fit, this time using the new technology to actually wrap around the foot’s upper. Stylistically the shoe features a diamond pattern on the upper, a specific request from the man himself. Again these found him a little more crossover success as well.