Facts

Top
Signature
Lockdown
Lace-Up, Slip-On
Price
$185
Weight
15oz

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The deep grooves on the outsole of the Nike LeBron 15 are said to have a good court grip.
  • Many wearers think that the three-dimensional design of the LeBron 15 is aesthetically appealing.
  • Most users leave comments that the shoe model is light for a big man’s shoe.
  • Many reviewers say the sharpness of the traction pattern works because the outsole does not attract a lot of dust; wiping is unnecessary.
  • A large number of testers agree that the LeBron 15 has really good cushioning because of the Zoom and Max Air combination in the midsole.
  • Compared to the regular Flyknit, several wearers love the texture, comfort, and flexibility provided by the BattleKnit material in the upper of the shoe.
  • Some buyers appreciate the one-to-one fit of the shoe model. They have not experienced any heel slippage or side-to-side movements.
  • Sneaker collectors enjoy the numerous colorways of the Nike LeBron 15.
  • The shoe model has a pliable collar which makes it easy to put on.
  • According to most wearers, the shoe does not need breaking in because of its premium, stretchy, and lightweight materials.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers say the spikes of the traction do not provide enough court grip which causes foot slippage.
  • A handful mention that the LeBron 15 needs outriggers for stability because of its high ride.
  • A lot leave comments that the shoe is not true to size and runs long.
  • A number of buyers say the price of the shoe is quite steep.
  • Some users lament that the shoe model is a high-top but feels like a low-top when used on court.
  • The upper may be comfortable but it does not provide enough ankle support and foot containment, claim a small number of reviewers.

Bottom line

Overall, the Nike LeBron 15 is a good shoe. Though it is not that spectacular the integration of the two great midsole technologies, improved upper material, and Flywire technology come down as good. For LBJ super fans, this signature model is a home run. As for those who are simply looking and shopping around for a new pair to play hoops with, the price tag is quite over the top. If you are a two-hundred-forty-pound forward like King James—an aggressive and powerful court beast—this setup is a winner for you.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 37 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
14%
3 star
5%
2 star
0%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are basketball players, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

89 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    I love pieces of the LeBron 15. Materials and fit are highlights, and the cushion is the best Nike has offered in years.

  • 85 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    The materials are super nice. It feels premium, comfortable and it looks dope. It's just expensive.

  • 95 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    People, this is a winner. If you’re willing to pay for it, I bet you’d enjoy these as much as I did.

  • 93 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    To wrap things up, if you’re a powerhouse player who prefers playing aggressive & strong basketball like LBJ himself, these are definitely your #1 option

  • 90 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    I love pieces of the LeBron 15. Materials and fit are highlights, and the cushion is the best Nike has offered in years.

  • 80 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    There are a lot of positives with the LBJ 15 especially the cushioning, the fit, and if you are into materials, the soft materials.

  • 80 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    I said it was comfy. This is a beautiful looking shoe. I said the cushioning is the best there ever is. I said it's a beast. But at the end of the day, the shoe is not suitable for me and my play style. This shoe is made for LeBron King James.

  • 95 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate Levell Greer • Level 4 expert

    The LeBron 15 is the best LeBron of all time.

  • 85 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 4 expert

    Overall, the LeBron 15 is a super solid shoe and if you guys do decide to pick up a pair, you will not be disappointed.

  • 95 / 100 by KickGenius • Jay Jones • Level 3 expert

    The FlyKnit is probably my favorite feature on the shoe. It's comfortable, it's maneuverable and just from a design standpoint, I really like how it's constrcuted on this model.

  • 90 / 100 by MR FOAMER SIMPSON • MR FOAMER SIMPSON • Level 3 expert

    I'm excited to hoop in these. This is going to be my new basketball sneaker for the foreseeable future, at least for the next month or so.

  • 80 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I think the LeBron 15 is actually a really great basketball sneaker. this is one of my favorite LeBrons ever made visually. I think it's a great looking shoe. The comfort of it is also incredible. I really love the way that it felt in my foot.

  • 95 / 100 by Pure Kicks • Timi Tinubu • Level 2 expert

    The LeBron 15 is the best LeBron of all time.

  • 90 / 100 by Wheat City Sole • Richard Wong • Level 2 expert

    If you're looking for a really well-cushioned shoe with phenomenal comfort, solid court feel, and really strong traction, the Nike LeBron 15 might be for you.

  • 100 / 100 by Lot Channel • Lot Channel • Level 1 expert

    What surprised me the most was the cushion setup as well as the BattleKnit.

  • 95 / 100 by MARKCHES • Mark Ches • Level 1 expert

    My verdict for this shoe is cop it if you are not a guard who does a lot of crosses, to do hard cuts. But if you're a big guard, a center and you jump a lot, this cushion is for you.

  • 80 / 100 by • Jens Jakob • Level 1 expert

    It is, however, a ridiculously comfortable package—even when fully laced for game wear—and my favorite addition to the LeBron line in a very long time.

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

These are visual presentations, not reviews


Profile of Nike LeBron 15

The Nike LeBron 15 is another high-priced shoe model from LeBron James’s signature line. Released in October 2017 at $185, this pair has a hybrid of Zoom and Max Air technologies in the midsole, which gives the best of both worlds for responsiveness and impact protection. The innovative outsole rubber has a triangular traction with deeply grooved spikes resulting in a great bite on the court floors. This one-bootie construction comes in different colorways and outsole rubbers. The shoe has a stretchable, comfortable and plush BattleKnit upper with good support as a huge bonus. According to the basketball star, the Nike LeBron 15 is his favorite shoe model to date from his entire signature line.

Performance

Cushion. The LeBron 15 is the first shoe model from Nike to have a phenomenal combination of Zoom and Max Air. Zoom is a lightweight and pressurized air unit with tight and stretchy fibers that bounce back quickly, providing high energy returns. Max Air is lightweight, and it comes in large volume airbags to provide maximum impact protection. These two technologies being put together result in beyond unimaginable cushioning.

Traction. Depending on the colorway, the rubber on the outsole of the LeBron 15 comes in gum, translucent, or solid rubber. The traction has a triangular and spiked pattern that suits the linear movements of the King. The spikes on the outsole rubber also help with court grip even on dusty courts. Though playing outdoors with an expensive signature shoe is not recommended because it shortens the lifespan of the rubber, the rubber outsole’s thickness can withstand both indoor and outdoor play.

Fit

Length and Width. Shoe brands claim that their models come in standard length and width. However, the Nike LeBron 15 is designed after LBJ’s feet. The shoe’s toe box has a huge dead space. While there are a number of buyers who claim that the shoe is true to size, more testers advise new buyers to go down half a size if they have normal-sized or narrow feet. As for those with wider feet, they can go true to size.

As for those who prefer getting their true size, they can opt to double their socks for a snug fit. Trying on the shoe before purchasing is still recommended.

Lockdown. The Nike LeBron 15 has a full-bootie construction equipped with Flywire technology for lockdown. The shoe has round laces, which are held in place by lace loops that appear to be connected to the Flywire. This technology is developed by Nike using nylon or Vectran filaments. It is strong and lightweight, and strategically placed in the midfoot to provide support and a one-to-one fit.

Material

The upper of the LeBron 15 is made of an innovated high-grade Flyknit material that Nike calls BattleKnit. It is designed by Jason Petrie specifically for the need of LeBron for a durable, comfortable, and highly stretchable upper. The inside of the shoe is lined with thick foam to provide the much needed comfort. Between the insole and the outsole is the midfoot shank for durability of the shoe and stability of the foot. Aesthetically placed on the heel is the external TPU which also provides solid containment.

Style

The high-top silhouette of the Nike LeBron 15 comes in multiple colorways, and it has an a la mode design. Starting off with the outsole, there is a lion emblem on the heel which signifies Bron-bron as the king of the jungle—strong, fearless, and determined. The lateral side has a dragonscale-like design which makes heads turn. Located on the rear part of the collar is a three-looped pull tab made of synthetic leather with LBJ’s signature on top. The Nike Swoosh is located on the external TPU heel counter. The embossed logo of LeBron is found on the midfoot section of the synthetic leather. Lastly, the insole has the Roman numeral callout XV-XXIII, which stands for the signature model’s number and the King’s jersey number.

Special Colorways of the Nike LeBron 15

Nike LeBron 15 Graffiti

In January 2018, Nike unveiled the Nike LeBron 15 Graffiti, which is a black-and-white iteration of The King’s latest basketball sneakers. Some of the previous LeBron models have been through the Graffiti treatment, and the style’s most defining feature is the graffiti-style scribbles on the upper or midsole.

The current release takes cues from what has been done to the LeBron 4 Graffiti, which featured a layered black-and-white appearance. Large graffiti-style scribbles appeared in the lower layer.

The Nike LeBron 15 Graffiti adapts the same layered look. The style’s defining aesthetics are described as rather subdued this time because the scribbles that were prominently displayed on the LeBron 4 are now just found on the midsole, partially covering the otherwise transparent material that puts the shoe’s Air units on display. These signature LeBron basketball shoes are released on March 2, 2018.

Nike LeBron 15 Equality

Widely regarded as one of the most outspoken athletes, The King made a statement in one of his games in the 2017-2018 NBA season by wearing mismatched all-black and all-white LeBron 15 shoes to celebrate racial equality.

These shoes prominently display the word “EQUALITY.” on the heel; the word is embroidered onto the BattleKnit material using gold threads. A limited number of Nike LeBron 15 Equality shoes are up for grabs on March 2, 2018 through an online raffle organized by Nike.

Nike LeBron 15 All Star

The Nike LeBron 15 will undergo a number of transformations for 2018’s NBA All-Star Weekend. The line’s official All-Star Game iteration has a Rust Pink upper that draws direct inspiration from the five-point stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The shoe has black laces and pull tabs, both on the tongue and heel.

The zoom units of the LeBron 15 All Star are painted gold instead of the usual translucent display. This is a clear nod to the luxury that characterizes the fun All-Star activities and this year’s host city Los Angeles. The Swoosh is also bathed in gold, and it is found on the black material that supports that heel.  

The Nike LeBron 15 All Star also has Los Angeles-inspired insoles. It is released on February 15 at $185.

KITH x Nike LeBron 15 King’s Cloak

During the 2018 All-Star Break, all eyes are on Los Angeles as the center of the festivities. Also at this time, Ronnie Fieg’s KITH opens a flagship store in LA. Kith has long been partners with Nike in creating interesting iterations of some of the most iconic basketball shoes of the modern times. To celebrate the opening of the brand’s LA shop, Kith and Nike release the Chapter 2 of the Long Live the King collection, which is yet another fruit of the two brands’ collaborative work on the Nike LeBron 15.

The All-Star Break release features two performance pairs. The first one, dubbed the KITH x Nike LeBron 15 King’s Cloak, features intricate multicolor embroideries on an all-white BattleKnit upper. The pair’s all-white laces are tipped with gold, and they criss-cross above a golden riri zipper.

KITH x Nike LeBron 15 Suit of Armor

The other performance sneaker from the Long Live the King Chapter 2 collection is dubbed the Suit of Armor. It’s an all-black iteration that has a lacing system and a gun metal riri zipper for lockdown. The BattleKnit upper also features floral designs that are embroidered using black thread.

The KITH x Nike LeBron 15 Suit of Armor and the King’s Cloak are released on February 16. They are available only in very limited quantities.