Nike Lebron Soldier XI SFG Mens Basketball Shoes

Last updated: December 10, 2019

We looked at the top Men's Basketball Shoe and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Basketball Shoe you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the 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.

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.

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The Zoom technology in the heel works because several reviewers mention that the shoe is responsive, and it provides good impact protection.
The support and lockdown are the strongest features of this shoe making you feel very secure on the court.
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.
The rubber sole comes with multi-surface traction for superfast movement. With the help of pull-tabs, you can conveniently store your shoes.
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
traction, decent Zoom feel after break in, improved fit, good stability overa, containment
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.
The Nike LeBron Soldier 11 is a natural evolution of its predecessor, with small tweaks rather than broad changes.
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.

What reviewers didn't like

A handful of wearers say the ankle strap is unnecessary and does not provide support.
Unfortunately, traction is a little inconsistent, especially on dustier courts.
Some people complain that the colors on this shoe bleed.
Opening and closing the straps can take some time.
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.
I think that $140 is a golden price range for these shoes
The mid area on the shoe can seem a little tight, making the shoe more difficult to get on and off.
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