The 90s were dubbed the last golden era for basketball shoes until the early 2010s, when Nike Basketball in particular couldn’t miss. During that time, LeBron James’ signature line was red hot as he made the move from Cleveland to Miami. His first shoe as a member of the Heat was the Nike LeBron 8, mostly known for its eye-catching “South Beach” colorway. However, the model was also treated to highly sought after sample and player exclusive make-ups that weren’t readily available to the public, one of which is rumored to be making its retail debut next year.

According to Soleheatonfeet, the “HWC” LeBron 8 will drop in early 2021. The shoe features a royal, orange and white scheme that is often linked to the New York Knicks, but is actually tied to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ throwback uniforms. There was some traction to the “Knicks” nickname at the time because of James’ rumored interest in playing in the Mecca, but that never became a reality.

Images of the 2021 version have not yet surfaced, but all signs point toward a near-exact retro of the original. We’ll keep you updated in the coming months.

UPDATE (04/07): The “HWC” Nike LeBron 8 is confirmed to release next week on Wednesday, April 14 for a retail price of $200 from SNKRS and select Nike Sportswear retailers.

UPDATE (04/13): Initially listed to drop tomorrow, April 14, Nike has confirmed on the app that the “HWC” LeBron 8 is now releasing on April 28 via SNKRS and at select retailers for $200.

Nike LeBron 8 “HWC”
Release Date: 04/28/21
Color: Varsity Royal/Orange Blaze-Total Orange-White
Style #: CV1750-400
Price: $200

Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Lateral
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Medial
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Top
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Heel
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Outsole
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Toe
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Nike LeBron 8 'HWC' CV1750-400 Heel
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