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Nike Lebron 17 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$199.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
10/2019
Outdoor Rating:
25%
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
8.3
Cushion
9.5
Material
9.4
Support
8.8
Fit
8.6
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Insanely comfortable cushioning
  • Premium upper materials

CONS:

  • Steep $200 retail price
  • Heavy

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

The Lebron 17 is one of the most expensive basketball shoes on the market, does it justify it's $200 retail price? Reviewers' opinions on the traction were split: the Solebrother called it "god-levels" especially on a translucent rubber pair while Nightwing2303 didn't like the white solid rubber, even on clean courts. The cushioning, however, was loved by everyone. A huge Max Air unit in the heel is combined with Zoom in the forefoot and they provide a ton of impact protection and bounce. The new Knitposite upper material is thick, soft and comfortable - but it gets pretty hot after a while. Overall, the Lebron 17 is a great performer, especially you are a heavier player looking for a comfortable and supportive shoe.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Lebron 17:

9.0
RicheeKim
The Lebron 17 is an awesome shoe! Strongly recommended if you are looking for the best cushioning setup available and you can afford the steep $200 retail price.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
If it wasn't for the inconsistent traction I would have really enjoyed the Lebron 17. I liked everything, loved some things, but disliked the traction.
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8.8
The Sole Brothers
The Lebron 17 is a great shoe - one of our favorite Lebrons. Insane impact protection, incredible traction - there's really nothing to complain about.
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8.8
PureKicks
This might be the best shoe in the Lebron series!
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Traction of the Nike Lebron 17:

8.0
RicheeKim
On clean courts, I didn't have any issues. On dusty courts, you will need to wipe from time to time. Overall, I was really happy with the traction.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
No matter the court, I just could never get any reliable coverage.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction on the translucent pair was amazing from the getgo. The black solid rubber didn't perform as well. Dust pickup is minimal and the durability of the rubber should be good.
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8.0
PureKicks
The traction didn't blow me away but it did its job.
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Cushion of the Nike Lebron 17:

10.0
RicheeKim
The Lebron 17 has so much cushioning - it's crazy. Heel-to-toe transition is surprisingly good!
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
You literally feel as if you’re running around on Air. Maybe the best impact protection ever but court feel is non-existent.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Even though Air Max isn't our favorite setup, the cushioning of the Lebron 17 is really nice. Impact protection is great, there's a good amount of bounce, but the court feel is lacking.
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9.0
PureKicks
The huge Air Max unit in the heel and the two Zoom units in the forefoot provide crazy impact protection.
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Materials of the Nike Lebron 17:

10.0
RicheeKim
The knit upper materials are extremely nice! They feel really comfortable and provide a ton of containment.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Knitposite upper materials have that nice broken-in feeling fresh out the box while still offering great containment and support.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are top-notch, really thick, and comfortable. Ventilation is non-existent, you are going to sweat in these!
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9.0
PureKicks
Knitposite material is really strong and supportive, unfortunately it's also really hot.
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Support of the Nike Lebron 17:

9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement on the footbed, and the outriggers in the forefoot and heel provide more stability on lateral cuts than previous Lebron models.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The LeBron 17 shows that maximum cushion setups can also offer stability and support.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
No issues with lateral containment or heel slippage. Since the cushioning is really high, I felt a little unstable on lateral movements.
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9.0
PureKicks
The extended outrigger gives you lateral stability, the TPU barrier prevents side-to-side movements, and the heel counter keeps your feet locked down.
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Fit of the Nike Lebron 17:

8.0
RicheeKim
There's a little bit of dead space in the toe box, other than that, the fit is really nice.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
For my feet, the fit and lockdown were fantastic.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit was rather roomy and I would have liked a little less space in the toe box. The lacing system is really annoying.
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9.0
PureKicks
The materials conform to your feet nicely and the lacing system works perfectly.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
The Sole Brothers
Playing outdoors should be fine.
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no
PureKicks
This shoe should not be played outdoors as the rubber will not last very long.
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Width of the Nike Lebron 17:

slightly wide
RicheeKim
The fit is a little bit on the snug side. I'm a slightly wide footer and going true to size worked for me.
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slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
The fit is wide-foot-friendly.
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regularly wide
PureKicks
The width of the shoe is regular and should fit everybody.
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Size of the Nike Lebron 17:

true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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½ size small
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe does run a little short.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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true to size
PureKicks
True to size.
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