Who should buy the Nike LeBron 16

This Nike LeBron basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that offers excellent lockdown for a secure fit while running on the court
  • You are after a Nike basketball shoe that helps you deliver excellent performance 
  • You prefer a shoe that is easy to put on and is stable

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Who should not buy the Nike LeBron 16

Several verified buyers complained that this pair is heavy and bulky, while some are not happy with its quite expensive price. Nike Lebron 15 is a great alternative if you're looking for a light pair and Nike LeBron 16 Low for an affordable great shoe.

Nike LeBron 16 toebox

Durable outsole for outdoors

According to some athletes, the Nike LeBron 16's rubber outsole is super hard and quite thick which makes it durable for outdoor courts. Many players also mentioned that it has beastly traction and that it holds up well despite the court condition.

Nike LeBron 16 outsole

This makes sense as its outsole is lined with a modified herringbone traction pattern for superior grip on the hardwood.

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The Nike LeBron 16 is well-cushioned

Nearly all verified buyers commented that the cushioning of the Nike LeBron 16 feels super nice and that it provides a well-balanced ride that all types of players will enjoy. This is brought by its Max Air cushioning system that was utilized on the Nike LeBron 15.

Nike LeBron 16 shoe insole

With the combination of the Max Air and Zoom Air cushioning platforms, many said these Nike basketball shoes deliver unrivalled impact absorption and instant responsiveness.

You'll have no problem putting it on

Just like the Nike LeBron 17, hoopers commented that these shoes feel amazing on foot and they had no problem putting them on as these are extremely easy to wear.

Nike LeBron 16 heel

Fits great

A few verified buyers said that the Nike LeBron 16 fits great, just like the Nike LeBron 15. Normal and narrow footers can go down half a size, while wide-footers are advised to go true to size.

Nike LeBron 16 back

Shoes are difficult to relace

Thanks to its innovative gusseted tongue, several players commented that these shoe has a customizable fit and delivers locked-in support. However, some have mentioned that these shoes are very difficult to relace.

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Great shoe with a cool aesthetic

Most owners reported that these pair are straight up a fire, and claimed that it is one of the best looking LeBron's to date. People who bought this pair commented that they are satisfied with the overall support, stability, lockdown, and containment this shoe provides.

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Lebron 16 is pricey

Some owners were not happy that this shoe comes at an expensive price. For comparison, its price ($200) is much higher than that of Lebron 18 Low ($160) or Lebron 19 ($180). 

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Nike LeBron 16: Colorways

For LeBron James’s 16th signature sneaker, Nike designers are creating a wide range of narrative-driven hues. “We had a renewed interest in going deeper in stories for two reasons,” Petrie explains. “LeBron started to open up, he’s reaching out beyond basketball. And also it seemed like it was getting kinda boring. It took a refocusing.”

  • Black/Black-Black ‘Triple Black’
  • Black/Metallic Gold-Black ‘I’m King’
  • Black/Metallic Silver-White ‘Strive for Greatness’
  • Black/Multi-Color ‘I Promise’
  • Black/University Red ‘Fresh Bred’
  • Black/White ‘Equality Away’
  • Black/White/Grey
  • Bright Citron/Summit White ‘HFR’
  • Court Purple/Metallic Gold ‘King Court Purple’
  • Multi-Color/Metallic Silver-Cool Grey ‘20 20’
  • Multi-Color/Multi-Color ‘1 Thru 5’
  • Sail/White/Light Bone ‘HFR’
  • Team Red/Metallic Gold-Multi Color ‘King’
  • White/Black ‘Equality Home’
  • White/Varsity Red-Varsity Royal ‘SuperBron’ aka ‘Superman’

HFR X LeBron 16

This special edition LeBron 16 is the first LeBron sneaker designed by women for women. Designed by Brandice Daniel, Felisha Noel, Kimberly Goldson, and Undra Celeste, the LeBron 16 ‘Harlem’s Fashion Row’ boasts a 3-D molded lion and an iconic leather cuff to provide a powerful picture of strength. “Now is the time for women to let the world see how powerful we are,” Daniel describes. “How powerful we are as individuals, and how powerful we are together.”

Nike LeBron 16 ‘1 Thru 5’

The ‘1 Thru 5’ or ‘What The’ colorway combines the first five colorways of the Nike LeBron 16. Details from the ‘Fresh Bred,’ ‘20-20,’ ‘Strive for Greatness,’ ‘I Promise,’ and ‘King’ colorways are all incorporated in the shoe’s design. 

‘1 Thru 5’ also represents James’s ability to play all five positions. According to Nike.com, “A team with a backcourt of a fearlessly ferocious scorer who brought Fresh Bred to the game and a playmaker with the gift of 20_20 Vision to see the unseen; a player whose desire to Strive for Greatness was matched only by another teammate’s Promise to persevere through adversity and another’s dominant displays fit for a King.”

Nike LeBron 16 ‘20_20’

The Nike LeBron 16 ‘20_20’ is inspired by James’s incredible court vision and passing ability. Nike.com perfectly describes the King’s vision: “A naturally gifted visionary, he sees everything on the floor: he knows his plays, his opponents' plays; he even knows the seat number on your ticket. In any situation, LeBron makes magic happen.”

These LeBron James basketball shoes boast a dazzling multicolored Flyknit upper finished off with a ferocious lion graphic on the tongue. 

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Air Trainer’

These white Nike basketball shoes are inspired by Bo Jackson’s ‘Medicine Ball’ Air Trainer 3 that initially hit shelves in 1988. The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Air Trainer’ features a white-based upper with midnight navy and ginger highlights. The shoes also boast a forefoot strap as a nod to the original Air Trainer.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Buzz Lightyear’

Disney’s Toy Story movie franchise inspires these white basketball shoes. Made to look like Buzz LIghtyear’s space suit, these LeBron sneakers feature a white-based upper with multi-color, hyper grape, and volt accents.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Equality Pack’

Releasing on MLK Day 2019, the Nike LeBron 16 ‘Equality Pack’ features two mismatched pairs dressed in black and white. Each pair boasts a translucent outsole with the word “Equality” done in black.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Four Horsemen’

The ‘Four Horsemen’ colorway is a nod to LeBron James’s business team. These black Nike basketball shoes feature a white tongue with a knight chess piece logo. Completing the theme is a checkered insole along with his team's initials.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Fresh Bred’

Similar to how previous LeBron models were debuted, the Nike LeBron 16 was also unveiled in the ‘Fresh Bred’ colorway. According to Nike, this colorway is inspired by history forged in competition. They explain that “only The Strongest can walk in the shoes of greatness with a Fresh Bred attitude to reach championship-level excellence.” 

These predominantly black basketball shoes feature red accents throughout. Other details include James’s signature on the tongue and a predatory lion head on the heel.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Glow In The Dark’

This colorway of the LeBron 16 is inspired by an unreleased sample of the LeBron 3. These black basketball shoes boast a croc skin-like leather overlay and mint green highlights. A glow-in-the-dark outsole completes the theme.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Heritage’

The LeBron 16 ‘Heritage’ features a Lakers-inspired mix of soft purple and yellow. The light blue heel boasts all 16 of the Lakers NBA Championships.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Hot Lava’

The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Hot Lava’ takes inspiration from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II. Two renditions are available. One comes in a combination of White/Hot Lava-Flat Silver while the other one is done in Black/Hot Lava-Flat Silver.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘I Promise’

This colorway represents the center position and is LeBron’s favorite. It is inspired by his children and the I Promise School he opened in Akron, Oh. The Nike LeBron 16 ‘I Promise’ features a black-based upper that sits on top of a multicolored outsole. On the heel, the message “We Are Family” finishes off the theme.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘King’

Part of the ‘1 thru 5’ collection, the ‘King’ colorway represents the small forward position. It is dressed in red and features a leopard print on the heel that is reminiscent of the Air Zoom Generation ad campaign. Metallic gold accents complete the silhouette.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Lakers’

The LeBron 16 ‘Lakers’ celebrates all 16 of the Los Angeles Lakers championships. The shoes are dressed in purple with yellow and blue accents.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Martin’

LeBron James pays tribute to his favorite ‘90s sitcom by releasing an exclusive colorway of his 16th signature sneaker. The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Martin’ boasts a purple-based upper with tour yellow and crimson accents. Notable catchphrases from the show are debossed on the heel to complete the theme.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘MPLS’

These grey Nike basketball shoes are a nod to the team colors of the Minneapolis Lakers from the ‘50s. The LeBron 16 ‘MPLS’ features a mix of wolf grey, white, and university blue.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘SB Blue’

This colorway of LeBron James sixteenth basketball sneaker is a new take on the LeBron 3 SB. Yellow and red accents complete the theme of these blue basketball shoes.

Nike LeBron 16 SB ‘Superman’ a.k.a ‘SuperBron’

Paying homage to the favorite ‘Superman’ colorway of Nike LeBron 3 PE from 2005, the LeBron 16 SB ‘SuperBron’ features a white upper with patent leather overlays dipped in varsity royal. Yellow and varsity red accents complete the Man-of-Steel-inspired theme.

This colorway is part of Nike’s #LeBronWatch series that pays tribute to iconic silhouettes and James’s favorite sneakers.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Strive for Greatness’

After 15 seasons, LeBron James is still the King of the NBA. His values, hard work, and tireless effort have propelled him to the top.

Inspired by his personal mantra, the Nike LeBron 16 ‘Strive for Greatness’ represents his family, his hometown, and his unwavering spirit. 

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Watch The Throne’

To celebrate the 2019 All-Star festivities, Nike launched an exclusive colorway of the LeBron 16. These black Nike basketball shoes feature metallic gold and rose frost accents. A classic WTT (Watch The Throne) lace lock completes the design.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 15.6oz
Top: Mid
Signature: LeBron James
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Lebron
Features: Ankle support / Outdoor
Colorways: White / Purple / Black / Grey / Yellow / Blue

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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.