2) HMMM. SO THEY MUST HAVE HAD A GOOD IDEA GOING IN, RIGHT? Yeah, absolutely. But they were designing the 9 before the 8 even hit shelves, and obviously a lot of thought went into something as basic as the shape of the upper. Check the sketch above and see how many possibilities they went through. Looks like they even went back to the Hyperflight for inspiration. OH GOD, I HOPE IT'S MORE STABLE THAN THAT. It's a LeBron shoe — of course it is.