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Nike LeBron 16 Performance Review

This year, LeBorn join in the Lakers, and he needs to bring an array of young players to compete in the spiny western conference. To extend his record of reaching a championship game, it will be harder this year. Anyway, the emphasis that we want to talk about is LeBron 16.

LeBron 15 is one of my favorite shoes. The appearance is very cool. Although it has some small problems, like the insufficient support, but it’s still a pair of pleasing basketball shoes. What about its performance?

▼The colorway of LeBron is also changed to Lakers’ colorway


  1. The cushion is suitable for frontline players

LeBron 16 keeps the ZOOM+Max air cushion as LeBron 15.  The insole air cushion of LeBron 16 is still the top-level of Nike. The insole is still soft and elastic. I can feel the great feedback from Zoom and Max air cushion whether in what kind of field.

I have tried several pairs of LeBron 16 in different colorway, black, red and Oreo colorway. The hardness is different. The red LeBron 16 is softer. The frontline players should like it.

▼LeBron 16 keeps the Zoom + Max air cushion

  1. Great Traction Performance. The outsole has XDR

The outsole of LeBron 16 is deep slant grain. I haven’t slipped when playing basketball on wood floor and plastic cement. The traction performance is great. And I’m surprised that the red LeBron 16 has XDR outsole.

▼The grain on outsole looks great. It has LeBron’s golden symbol on the rear sole

▼The grain of outsole is deep

  1. The supportive of the vamp is improved

Many people denounce the vamp material of LeBron 15 is too soft. The supportive is insufficient. But the Battleknit 2.0 vamp of LeBron 16 is harder. The leather shoe tongue of LeBron 16 is printed with Lion pattern. It looks cool. The integrated vamp also has the elastic cord to connect with shoe tongue. The shoe laces also can pass through the shoe tongue. So that the vamp can cover the foot very well. And I obviously feel that supportive of LeBron 16 has been improved.

▼The vamp and shoe tongue is connected by the shoelaces

▼The lion on the shoe tongue is very cool

▼The vamp can cover the foot very well

LeBron 16 not only has nice appearance, but also has protection effect with the TPU of shoe heel. The pull-tab on the heel can also reduce the difficulty to put on the shoes. But the anti-rollover design is not obvious.

▼The animal print on the shoe heel looks great

▼The integrated vamp

▼The pull-tab of shoe heel


  1. Start slow

The insole of LeBron 16 is softer than LeBron 15. The feeling is very comfortable. But the soft cushion performance is not very suitable for shooter or the playing way of quick attack.

▼If you like fast starting, LeBron 16 is not suitable for you

  1. The center of gravity on shoe heel is still high

The disadvantage of LeBron 15 is the high center of gravity and insufficient support. Although LeBron 16 has improved the support, but the center of gravity is high. After all, it uses the excellent Zoom+Max air cushion, so the insole won’t be thin. Anyway, you need to have a try before purchasing.

▼The center of gravity is high



9 Stars

Shoe shape:normal
Size: normal size

The LeBron series still keeps the great technology. LeBron 16 is a pair of excellent basketball shoes. The cushion performance and traction performance is great. If you play on front line, LeBron 16 will be very suitable to you.