Nike Lebron Soldier XI SFG Mens Basketball Shoes

Last updated date: December 10, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the Nike Nike Lebron Soldier XI SFG Mens Basketball Shoes placed 6th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 31, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Basketball Shoes for a detailed review of all the top men's basketball shoe.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
214 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Zoom technology in the heel works because several reviewers mention that the shoe is responsive, and it provides good impact protection.
- RunRepeat
The support and lockdown are the strongest features of this shoe making you feel very secure on the court.
- The Hoops Geek
The Lebron XI is known for great traction, it is comfortable, and is very breathable. It is very important that the shoe is breathable because this makes sure your feet don’t sweat too much in the shoe.
- Sport Consumer
The rubber sole comes with multi-surface traction for superfast movement. With the help of pull-tabs, you can conveniently store your shoes.
- iPerfect List
May 23, 2019 | Full review
Something I found interesting is that the shoe offers the traditional forefoot outrigger in addition to a midfoot outrigger. With the outsole shaped similarly to an actual foot, coupled with wobbly Zoom units underneath, this additional outrigger helped keep me stable while in motion. A
- Wear Testers
traction, decent Zoom feel after break in, improved fit, good stability overa, containment
- Schwollo
That new strap on top of the ankle area does its job great. I do notice a better ankle lockdown, so it really works. For those players who love strong, manly lockdown in every area, then this is the #1 option for you.
- Basketball Diagnostics
June 21, 2017 | Full review
The Nike LeBron Soldier 11 is a natural evolution of its predecessor, with small tweaks rather than broad changes.
- Sole Collector
June 22, 2017 | Full review
The upper portion uses a stretchable mesh that will snug tightly around your foot, but breathes to help keep your feet cool and comfortable during the game.
- Basketball Phantom
What experts didn't like
A handful of wearers say the ankle strap is unnecessary and does not provide support.
- RunRepeat
Unfortunately, traction is a little inconsistent, especially on dustier courts.
- The Hoops Geek
Some people complain that the colors on this shoe bleed.
- Sport Consumer
Opening and closing the straps can take some time.
- iPerfect List
May 23, 2019 | Full review
Zoom could feel better, heel is a little narrow and wobbly due to protruding Zoom but still stable, ankle fit can get sloppy without readjustments.
- Schwollo
I think that $140 is a golden price range for these shoes
- Basketball Diagnostics
June 21, 2017 | Full review
The mid area on the shoe can seem a little tight, making the shoe more difficult to get on and off.
- Basketball Phantom

From The Manufacturer

The laceless Nike LeBron Soldier XI features an innovative support system to keep your foot locked in. They have four hook-and-loop adjustable elastic straps, lightweight mesh upper, Zoom air cushioning, pull tabs, and a rubber sole with multi-surface traction.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Under Armour Men’s Jet Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 0
2. adidas Originals Kids’ Pro Spark Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
3. Nike Men’s Air Visi Pro Vi
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
4. adidas Men’s Explosive Bounce Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
5. Reebok Men’s Shaqnosis Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Nike Lebron Soldier XI SFG Mens Basketball Shoes
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Nike Men’s Air Versitile Ii Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
8. adidas Originals Men’s Pro Bounce Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
9. ANTA Men’s KT2 Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
10. Under Armour Men’s Jet Mid Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
11. adidas Men’s Crazy Explosive 2017 Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Under Armour UA Jet 2017
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Under Armour Men’s Heat Seeker Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
14. Champion Men’s Inferno Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Men's Basketball Shoe

Using the right tool for the job always helps us do the job better and more efficiently. In the case of playing a sport like basketball, the shoes are the tool and the same philosophy applies. If you have the right shoes for the sport you’re playing and, even more specifically, the right shoe for your body and the position you play, you will be set up well to have healthier feet and the proper mobility to play well. The technology behind basketball shoes has grown tremendously over the past couple of decades and now you can find shoes that not only look cool but fit you and your style of play perfectly.

Basketball shoes can come with high-reaching uppers that lace all the way up to the lower part of the ankle. This style of high-top basketball shoe is less common than it used to be because it limits the mobility of your ankle which can hinder players who are quick and agile like a point guard. However, this high-top basketball shoe is usually ideal for a center or large power-forward who needs the added stability for when he steps on another player’s foot, or even when he does a simple lateral cut but with a lot more bodyweight than most guards. The extra lacing and height of this shoe will keep your ankles healthy so you can keep playing and continuing to grow in other areas instead of constantly nursing twisted or sprained ankles.

“The benefits of purchasing basketball shoes are increased support and stability on the court,” says expert  Stephanie Mansour, a personal trainer. “Basketball shoes are designed for maximum cushion, mobility and ankle support since there’s many forward/backward/side-to-side motions and jumping in basketball.” 

A lower shoe offers more ankle mobility and caters nicely to a more agile player in either of the guard positions. The lack of ankle support from the shoe is less of an issue in these players and you can see by watching basketball on TV that it’s now common practice for a lot of players to opt for these lower-topped shoes. If a player is mostly on the wing and does a lot of lateral back-and-forth movements, then a shoe somewhere in the middle might be best so it gives some ankle support but still allows a lot of mobility for the quicker movements.

In addition to the height of the shoe, there are some important parts of the sole to focus on when you’re shopping around. A cushioned mid-sole of the shoe, which is the area around the center of the foot where the arch is, is helpful to players that are doing a lot of jumping. Every time you land a jump, you have a significant force compressing down on the bottoms of your feet. With proper cushioning and arch support, this wear-and-tear from jumping so much will be less noticeable as your shoe is doing a lot of work to absorb that shock before it goes into your feet and knees.

The outsole on a basketball shoe is also an important factor when looking at the overall effectiveness of a shoe. The outsole refers to the hard rubber at the bottom of the shoe and you will want to look at how wide the forefoot is, as the width of these can vary a lot from one brand to another. A wider toe box lets your toes naturally splay out a little bit and gives you a better sense of balance and stability. This helps with general stability of your foot and lets you avoid rolling the front of your foot over, eventually leading to another ankle issue. Having too much room in this wide part of the shoe can also be something to watch out for since you want your foot to be held snugly in place without sliding back and forth inside the shoe.

It’s important to get the right shoe for yourself so you can focus on training and improving other parts of your game. A proper pair of shoes can help you be quicker and healthier or have a more stable footing so you can ultimately have the confidence to play at your highest level.

“If the shoes are more comfortable, you might be able to play longer and even move better because you’ve got the right support,” says Mansour.

DYWM Fun Fact

Some of the original and most recognizable basketball shoes are the Converse All-Stars. Converse began making athletic shoes in 1908 and primarily touted them as being “non-skids” due to having rubber added at the bottom of the canvas shoe to prevent it from sliding around on the court. The Converse All-Star shoes arrived on the scene less than a decade later and quickly took over as the primary shoe for the sport for many years to come.

The Men's Basketball Shoe Buying Guide

  • If you’re into playing basketball, you most likely already watch some amount of professional or college basketball. Try to find a handful of players that have a similar body size and shape that you do and see what shoes they wear. Basketball players at these levels have likely already tried many shoes out over the course of their career and they have chosen to wear the current pair that they have on for a reason. If you’re a point guard or a center, there’s a good amount of players you can watch to get a good idea of what shoes are their favorites and you can use this as a great starting point in a basketball shoe search.
  • When you try on new basketball shoes, you should run around and jump up and down, maybe do a few sprints and lateral cuts in them. A shoe might feel comfortable when you first put it on and casually walk around the store in it, but as soon as you start running and cutting you might find that your toe rubs the edge weird or that the arch isn’t exactly in the right place for your foot. It’s better to be cautious up-front and really try the shoes out before you step foot onto the court.