Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas N3xt L3v3l is one amazing basketball shoe, a purchaser describes. The shoe’s design, materials, and comfort are just top notch.
  • These slip-on basketball shoes fit really nice, most wearers attest. According to them, the full Primeknit upper provides a snug, one-to-one fit.
  • Many reviewers are impressed at the new Lightstrike foam. They claim that the new cushioning is very soft, quite bouncy, and also feels a lot lighter than Boost and Bounce.
  • According to a couple of testers, the shoe’s materials feel really nice on feet. The same can be said about the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt.
  • Several players are satisfied with the N3xt L3v3l’s support and lockdown. So far, they have not experienced any internal slippage while playing in these laceless Adidas basketball shoes.
  • Since the shoe’s traction is similar to the Adidas Harden Vol. 3, most testers are confident that it will perform very well on-court.

5 reasons not to buy

  • After playing in the shoes just once, a reviewer gripes that the traction is not as good as the Harden Vol. 3. He believes that the outsole needs some time to break in.
  • According to a couple of reviewers, the Primeknit feels thin and flimsy in hand.
  • These slip-on basketball shoes are pretty hard to put on, a few players complain.
  • Wide-footers beware, most testers warn that the Adidas N3xt L3v3l runs narrow and feels super tight.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes are quite expensive, a handful of reviewers remark.

Bottom line

So far, most testers are satisfied with the overall fit and comfort of these slip-on basketball shoes from Adidas. The N3xt L3v3l also has an amazing style with premium materials to cleat, just like James Harden’s Vol 3 shoes. However, some reviewers are not convinced that these shoes can provide the needed support and lockdown because of its soft Primeknit upper and laceless design.

Facts

Rankings

A top 10% best basketball shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    They were OK. Just the traction and then the support didn't seem too great for my first impressions when I first wore it. But, other than that, yeah, they look super dope. They're very comfortable and I'm very surprised at the weight and the cushion from this shoe.

  • 85 / 100 | RicheeKim | | Level 5 expert

    I'm super excited to play in these shoes. These are super unique.

  • 91 / 100 | BBallEquips | Level 5 expert

    Overall, this shoe is definitely a must try if you can afford it. The performance is solid and it is quite the all-rounder. I know people are probably hesitant due to how unorthodox it looks but trust us, this shoe is one for the ages. If Adidas can fine tune it, it’ll probably be one of the best shoes out there.

  • 90 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    The adidas N3XT L3V3L is a really fun shoe to play in. It’s one of those put them on and forget about them type of shoes. You’ll never have to adjust the laces — obviously. Everything is just there and works. I don’t know how. It just is what it is.

  • 82 / 100 | BasketballDiagnostics | | Level 5 expert

    Anyways, the adidas N3XT L3V3L has a ton of room for feature improvements, at the same time, it’s surely a REALLY solid performer, to say the least. It’s fast. It’s super light-weight. It’s responsive.

  • 79 / 100 | schwollo.com | | Level 2 expert

    Did I mention these retail for more than the AJ 33, Harden, Marquee, Tmac and Protro ? The initial teaser launch in 2018 sold out quickly but that’s what happens when you limit quantity and the Hypebeasts jump in. These have been sitting since they released in January and will probably continue to do so since they retail at $180. I cannot recommend these over any of the aforementioned shoes or even anything in my top 15-20 from 2018 even if the prices were equal because the N3XT just doesn’t cover all the bases for me.

Become an expert

In 2018, The Three Stripes is pushing the limits of what’s possible in performance footwear with the launch of the Adidas N3xt L3v3l. What started as a 4-D printed concept, the brand has now officially released their first laceless basketball shoe.

“We wanted to showcase what could be the future of Adidas Basketball,” Adidas Basketball Senior Director of Footwear Rashad Williams explains. “With that, we needed to look at every element of a basketball shoe and think through how we could do things differently, but still deliver a product that performs at all levels of the game.”

Cushion. Equipped with Adidas’ new Lightstrike foam, the N3xt L3v3l’s midsole is designed to deliver resilient cushioning that will last all game long. The all-new Lightstirke midsole provides non-stop comfort without the added weight.

“Typically, with some foam midsoles, in order for them to achieve a light weight, comfort is sacrificed and there becomes a chance the foam will ‘pack out’ or feel hard over time,” Adidas senior Manager for Advanced Concepts Janette Atkins explains. “Lightstrike still provides all the step-in comfort that our athletes are asking for, while still being extremely lightweight.”

Traction. Similar to the Adidas Harden Vol. 3, the Adidas N3xt L3v3l features an aggressive herringbone traction pattern for superior on-court grip. The herringbone outsole offers additional grip when performing cuts and pivots.

Length and Width. According to reports, the N3xt L3v3l runs true to size. However, wide-footers are warned that these slip-on basketball shoes run narrow and feel very tight.

Lockdown. Despite its laceless build, these Adidas basketball shoes deliver a locked-in fit with its sloped Primeknit upper and sculpted TPU banking barrier.

The sloped Primeknit upper is engineered to create a snug fit that enhances movement. A TPU banking barrier provides increased lateral support during quick changes of direction.

With a series of technical innovations, Adidas reimagines both style and performance. The Adidas N3xt L3v3l boasts a laceless Primeknit upper and a new midsole cushioning technology.

The full Primeknit textile upper delivers ultimate lockdown with its areas of stretch and support. Adidas’ new Lightstrike foam provides athletes with improved step-in comfort as they run up and down the court.

The N3xt L3v3l’s daringly simple design was born out of Adida’s Brooklyn Farm. “With N3XT L3V3L, we took fundamental insights to create an icon for the future that will inspire younger generations to play,” Adidas Brooklyn Farm Creative Director Denis Dekovic explains. “That emotional response from the kid is what we design for.”

Styled by Adidas Brookly Farm designer Nick Daiber, the Adidas N3xt L3v3l boasts a sleek laceless silhouette that sets the tone for the future of Adidas basketball. The Farm’s 11222 zip code is displayed on the heel while an oversized Three Stripes logo is placed on the medial side.

The Adidas N3xt L3v3l arrives in Core Black/Cloud White/Core Black. Currently, only one colorway is available. We’ll provide an updated list once more hues are made available.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com