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Best Lebron James Basketball Shoes

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released Oct. 2023
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  • 8.9
    rating based on 9 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron 21 maintains its high level of performance while improving its support and stability.
  • The Nike LeBron 21 is fit for all play styles because of the mix of traction, cushioning and support.
released Sep. 2018
Nike Lebron 16
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  • 8.9
    rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • Provides balanced cushioning, traction that works on all surfaces, and premium BattleKnit upper
  • Especially recommended for explosive and powerful wing players.
released Sep. 2022
Nike Lebron 20
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  • 8.8
    rating based on 11 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron 20 excels with its bouncy cushion and solid traction, but it has something to offer every player.
  • Quick and explosive players will enjoy this shoe the most.
released Jul. 2019
Nike Lebron Soldier 13
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  • 8.8
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Lebron Soldier 13 provides awesome traction and no real weaknesses
  • A great all-around performer that works very well for heavier players
released Nov. 2017
Nike Lebron 15
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  • 8.8
    rating based on 10 expert reviews
  • The combination of Air Max and Zoom provides an insanely comfortable cushioning
  • Works extremely well for big guys that need a lot of impact protection.
released Feb. 2023
Nike LeBron NXXT Gen
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  • 8.7
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • The LeBron NXXT Gen has grippy traction and responsive cushioning.
  • This shoe is a good pick for players who don't need maximum cushioning but still want Zoom.
released Nov. 2020
Nike Lebron Witness 5
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  • 8.7
    rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • A great budget performer from Lebron with no real weakness.
  • Great for players of all positions looking for a <$100 hoop shoe.
released Oct. 2019
Nike Lebron 17
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  • 8.7
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • The huge Max Air unit in the heel and 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot provide crazy cushioning
  • Top choice if you are looking for a comfortable, supportive shoe with a ton of impact protection
released Mar. 2018
Nike Lebron 15 Low
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  • 8.7
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • Well-cushioned and supportive shoe
  • Great shoe for explosive and heavier players
released Mar. 2021
Nike Lebron 18 Low
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  • 8.5
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The LeBron 18 Low comes with a few upgrades over the regular LeBron 18 model.
  • Great for forwards or centers who need a lot of impact protection.
released Jun. 2017
Nike Lebron Soldier 11
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  • 8.5
    rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • Great support and lockdown for a very secure feeling
  • Recommended for bigger guys who look for impact protection and support
released Feb. 2020
Nike Lebron 17 Low
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  • 8.4
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The low version of the Lebron 17 switches to React foam in the forefoot and Mesh materials in the upper
  • A great choice for Lebron fans who prefer low-tops compared to Lebron's pretty bulky high-tops
released Nov. 2021
Nike Lebron 19
  • 8.3
    rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron 19 is better in almost every way compared to last year's model.
  • Perfect if you enjoy extra cushion and impact protection.
released Sep. 2020
Nike Lebron Soldier 14
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  • 8.3
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • An update to the LeBron Soldier line without the forefoot straps.
  • Great for big guys who like forefoot cushion and need a lot of support.
released Apr. 2018
Nike Lebron Soldier 12
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  • 8.3
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • Great traction that performs everywhere - even outdoors
  • An affordable performer that will work for almost all players
released Mar. 2022
Nike Lebron 19 Low
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  • 8.2
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron 19 Low might be a better performer than the 19s.
  • Players looking for a less bulky LeBron shoe.
released Oct. 2020
Nike Lebron 18
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  • 8.2
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • LeBron's 18th signature shoe has one of the best cushion setups available.
  • Great for big guys who like soft and comfortable cushioning.
released Jan. 2017
Nike Lebron 14
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  • 7.9
    rating based on 7 expert reviews
  • Hex Zoom cushioning setup provides a ton of impact protection
  • Best for bigger, heavier players with wide feet
released Oct. 2019
Nike Lebron Witness 4
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  • 7.8
    rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • Lebron's budget model comes with a big Zoom unit in the forefoot
  • Only recommended for Lebron fans who can't afford his more expensive signature shoes
released Oct. 2021
Nike Lebron Witness 6
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  • 7.4
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron Witness 6 has taken a step back from the LeBron Witness 5 in terms of performance.
  • Players that really like the aesthetic or players that are looking for a shoe that can hold up outdoors.
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Lebron James

Lebron James

LeBron James was drafted as the 1st overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft out of Saint Vincent-Saint Mary by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won Rookie of the Year, a scoring title, and an assist championship, along with multiple All-NBA selections, All-Star appearances, All-Star Game MVPs, All-Defensive selections, Regular Season MVPs, NBA championships, and NBA Finals MVPs. He played his first seven seasons in Cleveland, then moved to South Beach for four. He then went back to his rookie team and spent another four seasons there. Since 2018, he has been suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Playing Style

LeBron James is listed at 6’9” and was the best player of the 2010s with his unusual combination of power forward size and point guard skills.

Lebron James Logo

Lebron James Logo
LeBron James was dubbed as “the King” and that was what Darrin Crescenzi used as an inspiration for his main logo. It’s a crown with the left side being an “L” and right side a “J,” his initials. Another logo that he has been known to use is the “Dunkman,” which gives a shout out to Jordan’s Jumpman. It is basically the silhouette of James’ signature dunk - cock it back as far as possible then slam it home. Between the two, however, the former one is the most recognizable.

What Shoe Size Does Michael Lebron James Wear?

LeBron James wears a size 15.

History of Lebron Signature Shoes

LeBron James was getting unprecedented endorsement deals as a rookie. Adidas offered $60 million. Reebok came up with a $115 million deal, but he instead opted for Nike’s seven-year, $90 million offer. It still holds the record for the biggest signed rookie endorsement contract in the history of sports. This proved to be worth it for the brand and they saw it fit to extend his contract in 2015. According to one of the King’s business partners, the deal is now worth over a billion dollars and will run for LeBron’s lifetime.

His first signature, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, debuted in his first NBA game on November 5, 2003.

Release Dates of Lebron James Signature Shoes*
* includes only shoes released in 2017 or later

Characteristics of Lebron Shoes

LeBron James is one of the most unique players ever. His sneakers reflect that by consistently giving consumers the most cushioned shoes in the market over the years. Zoom Air, simply Air, and Air Max have been the weapons of choice for the line and it is usually through this that Nike outdoes itself with putting the most cushion in a sneaker. This gave people maximum impact protection for strong impacts and long games, but not as much court feel.

The King has always been a fan of higher collared shoes. All of his releases have been of the type and this offers a bit more containment than low tops. Materials, however, have changed throughout the years. The first six versions all featured a mainly leather build with most of them having straps. The next four then featured a lot of fuse with overlays here and there. From the LeBron 11 to 14, mesh was used with a lot of synthetic and/or plastic overlays. The LeBron 15 saw the debut of Battleknit and has since been the staple for the line.

Unlike other athletes with take down models, LeBron James actually wears his on court. He has three, in order of popularity: Soldier, Witness, and Ambassador. He donned the 10th version of the first one in the 2016 NBA Finals. The second is more for the average consumer with much less cushion than the main line. The third was made for outdoor play and is most popular in Asia, since it usually only releases there.

The most recognizable of LeBron’s colorways is the “Graffiti.” It was first released with the LeBron 8 and has been a norm since then. The line has also been one of the most expensive with recent releases going for $200 at retail.

Special Colorways

Nike LeBron 9 “Watch the Throne”

Nike Watch The Throne
With an average sale price of $3,000, the Nike LeBron 9 “Watch the Throne” is the most expensive of the King’s line on StockX. It features a black upper with a gold swoosh and lace lock. The outsole glows in the dark and the interior is printed with tons of graphics. It pays homage to Jay Z and Kanye West’s album which was released in 2011.