Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to several reviewers, the low-top Nike LeBron 16 provides excellent grip on both the hardwood and blacktop. Dust is not really an issue, and the traction’s grooves are hard and thick.
  • Almost all testers love the Max Air cushioning system of the LeBron 16 Low. They say that it feels amazing on feet—like walking on clouds.
  • The Max Air cushioning is super bouncy and responsive, most reviewers exclaim.
  • Nearly all testers are impressed at the shoe’s materials. They claim that it is quite soft yet is very supportive.
  • These low-top LeBron basketball shoes fit great, several players claim. According to them, there are no dead spaces since the materials conform to the shape of the foot.
  • A reviewer comments that the LeBron 16 Low is quite light for a LeBron basketball sneaker.
  • Most testers are saying that these signature Nike basketball shoes are quite durable.
  • A good number of testers observe that these low-top basketball shoes are just as supportive as its mid-top counterpart.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some players gripe that the Max Air cushioning starts off a little stiff.
  • A good number of testers are quick to comment that the thick cushioning offers minimal court feel.

Bottom line

Overall, the LeBron 16 Low is just as beastly on the court as the regular LeBron 16.  The traction, cushioning, and support features are all the same. The only significant change is Nike’s choice of materials. Instead of Battleknit 2.0, these low-top LeBron basketball shoes are equipped with a textile upper that is just as supportive but provides a better fit.

Reviewers are quite happy and have very little to complain about the low-top Nike LeBron 16. It has everything the mid-tops bring to the table but at a more affordable price.

Facts

Rankings

A top 6% best basketball shoe
Top 9% most popular basketball shoes

Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    160 bucks. Is it a good performer? Yes! It perfomrs like the LeBron 16 does but it's cheaper.

  • 90 / 100 | BasketballDiagnostics | | Level 5 expert

    I was about to say that other brands should take notes on how to produce one hell of a low-top version of the sneaker. However, the Nike brand itself usually does not pay that much attention to creating it. It’s pretty much all about trimming down the ankle area and making as much revenue as possible. On the other hand, the LeBron signature line seems to be the one that looks at the creation of a low-top version a bit differently. Yeah, the main intention still remains to make as much money as possible, though the second one is to improve upon the original version. They have been doing this for two consecutive years now. The LeBron 15 low came out with added outriggers, toned down cushion tooling & more rigid midsole caging to eliminate the stability issue the original pair had. And this time around, the LeBron 16 low got rid of the heel slippage issue by adding the new lacing system. Having said that, if you want to have everything you love about the LeBron 16 and then some – the LeBron 16 Low should be a no-brainer.

  • 90 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 1 expert

    Just like Nike used to do with the Elite series for the playoffs, they have taken the signature shoe of the “best player in the game” and improved it for the late season (can’t say playoffs this year). If you enjoyed the Nike LeBron 16 (and face it, most of the people who played in it really did like it), you will love the low. Improved fit, still great cushioning and traction, and, materials that are still nice and functional (but not knit – boo hoo). If you are an all-around player who needs some extra bounce for those joints, look no further – this is arguably the best cushioning/impact protection combo on the market. Really, the only reason not to try the shoe is the price (still an expensive $160) or if you just hate LeBron (yes, there are some of them out there). Don’t be scared of the tall midsole – the Nike LeBron 16 Low is fast, flexible, and feels great on court. Just don’t call it a mid.

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In 2003, an 18-year old LeBron James entered the league and left all doubts behind. He racked up 25 points, dished out nine assists, grabbed six boards, and bagged four steals.

The Nike LeBron 16 Low is inspired by James’s rookie season. Powered by Zoom Air and Max Air cushioning, these low-top basketball shoes from Nike embody his clout and versatility on and off the court.

Cushion. The Nike LeBron 16 Low boasts a combination of Max Air and Zoom Air cushioning. This cushioning setup is designed to absorb impact from hard landings and then rebound with energy. These Nike basketball shoes are also equipped with a resilient foam midsole for added cushioning and comfort.

Traction. Like the mid-top LeBron 16, these low-top basketball shoes also feature an articulated rubber outsole with a modified traction pattern for increased flexibility and grip on the court.

Length and Width. These low-top Nike basketball shoes reportedly run true to size. Owners suggest ordering your real size when copping a pair.

Lockdown. The Nike LeBron 16 low has a custom lacing system that keeps the foot locked-in no matter what. A rigid heel clip provides added support and heel lockdown.

The low-top Nike LeBron 16 features a mesh/textile upper with a stretchy collar and heel pull tab for easy entry.

This LeBron 16 is cut low to match LeBron James’s power and speed. Clever accents combined with the Max Air and Zoom Air cushioning not only make this a great performance sneaker but also a fashionable one at that.

These low-top LeBron basketball shoes arrive in the following hues:

  • Black/Multicolor-White ‘Soundtrack’
  • Cargo Khaki/Neutral Olive/Black ‘Camo’
  • Kumquat/Kumquat/Black ‘Safari’

Nike LeBron 16 Low ‘Safari’

The same year LeBron James entered the NBA, Nike released the Atmos X Nike Air Max 1 ‘Safari’ that pays tribute to the OG Air Max and Air Safari.

In 2019, Nike and James teamed up with Atmos once again to celebrate the legendary sneaker. The Nike LeBron 16 Low ‘Safari’ boasts a tan and brown hue across its suede upper. The famous Safari print lands on the heel and mudguard.

LeBron James debuted these stylish low-top basketball sneakers during the 2019 All-Star weekend.

Nike LeBron 16 Low ‘Soundtrack’

This colorway of the LeBron 16 Low is inspired by Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double album that debuted during James’s rookie season. Dubbed ‘Soundtrack,’ these LeBron James basketball shoes feature a black upper with a white midsole. Other details include a tan suede heel, red and pink insoles, and a translucent outsole.

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