The Nike LeBron line took a drastic turn in 2009, as new designer Jason Petrie was able to incorporate Flywire as well as an all-new 360 Air sole. The result, the LeBron 7, was almost a homage to the classic Air Jordan XI, made even more apparent in a black and red "tribute" edition. The following year's model, the LeBron 8, was where the new aesthetic really took off. Best evidenced in the "Pre-Heat" South Beach colorway, the LeBron 8 mixed elegance and brute force in a way unseen since Sir Charles was tearing rims up in Phoenix.