Nike Lebron 14 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$174.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
1/2017
Outdoor Rating:
50%
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
7.4
Cushion
8.7
Material
8.0
Support
7.7
Fit
7.4
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Impact protection
  • Comfortable fit

CONS:

  • Slight heel slippage

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

The Nike Lebron 14 receives mixed reviews. Bigger, heavier players with wide feet and the need for a lot of impact protection will like the Hex Zoom cushioning setup. Unfortunately, a lot of reviewers commented on heel slippage and excessive movement during cuts and stops. Definitely not recommended for players with narrow feet.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
An improvement over the last year, but I didn't like the clunkiness of the transition and the $175 price tag is pretty steep.
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8.3
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Ultimately, the things I like about the 14 overshadow those that I don’t. Because of that, I thoroughly enjoyed playing in it.
8.2
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The LeBron 14 isn’t perfect, but no shoe is. Impact protection and overall mobility are great, traction wasn't bad either.
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8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I value impact protection heavily, therefore, they are one of the best sneakers available right now.
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7.8
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The overall court feel, transition, cushioning, and clean-floor traction make the LeBron 14 feel fast and smooth to play in.
7.4
Schwollo
I consider the Lebron XIV one of the most comfortable but under performing Lebrons I’ve ever worn. Great cushioning and soft materials can only cover flaws to a certain extent.
7.2
The Sole Brothers
As a guard, I did not enjoy the shoe. But for big guys this should be a great shoe.
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Traction of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is pretty standard.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Clean court? All good. Dusty court? You’ll need to swipe.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
It gets the job done for sure, it just could have been better.
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8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
It's good, not great.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Depending on the floor, great. Or not great. Good, maybe?
7.0
Schwollo
Traction on clean floors works well. However, on a dusty court you need to wipe constantly.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
On a clean court it was good, but it picks up a good amount of dust quickly.
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Cushion of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning is pretty good, but to be honest I am not a big fan of the Hex Zoom setup.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Pod-based Zoom is back and feels better than ever.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Hex Zoom Air returns, and it is freaking awesome.
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10.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The cushioning is absolutely beastly and the impact protection is top of the line.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Zoom, broken into the smaller units, is bouncy, responsive, and cushions every landing and step perfectly.
9.0
Schwollo
Cushioning is the highlight of the XIV.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
It wasn't amazing but felt okay
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Materials of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Materials are an upgrade over the previous year.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I like the materials. I just don’t like having to pay $175 for this type of material.
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8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Overall, materials are good.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Overall, the materials get the job done in a nice package, but they just don’t feel like $175 materials.
8.0
Schwollo
I’m not a materials snob so the materials work fine and feel soft but for $175 I expect better.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials do the job, but they could have been a little more premium.
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Support of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Ankle strap provides additional layer of support.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Thanks to the shoe’s heel padding and the aforementioned strap, my feet were locked tight,
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is one area that definitely could have been better overall.
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8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Support is good but still gives you a lot of flexibility.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Overall, this is probably the least supportive LeBron signature ever.
7.0
Schwollo
Support isn’t great either.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
It's a pretty supportive shoe
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Fit of the Nike Lebron 14:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little bit of heel slippage for narrower feet.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I was able to get a secure fit if I pulled the laces tight enough, and I found the strap to be very functional in adding a layer of security. But it all came at the price of comfort.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The LeBron 14 utilizes a one-piece bootie construction comprised of soft/flimsy materials.
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7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Lockdown is the weakest part of the shoe and the laces come undone easily
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Very questionable.
6.0
Schwollo
It didn’t work for me at all. Movement on cuts inside the shoe, heel slip, you name it I had it.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
Lockdown wasn't great and there was a little bit of heel slippage.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Traction was adequate outdoors.
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fair
The Sole Brothers
We didn't test it, but outdoor use should be okay because the rubber is pretty hard.
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Width of the Nike Lebron 14:

slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little bit of dead space on the upper.
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slightly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Going true to size might work out well for wide footers
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slightly wide
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They are a bit roomy.
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slightly wide
Schwollo
The width is generous on the XIV
very wide
The Sole Brothers
If you have a narrow foot you are going to swim in it
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Size of the Nike Lebron 14:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
True to size.
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true to size
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I also found the fit to be very true-to-size.
½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
In order to maintain the best containment while playing in them I’d personally recommend going down 1/2 size.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I'd say they fit true to size.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Length-wise, true to size was the way to go
true to size
Schwollo
These run very true to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size
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