Verdict from 3 experts and 8 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Since the rubber outsole is made of XDR, a good number of wearers mention that the shoe is indeed fit for outdoor use.
  • The LeBron Ambassador 11 provides an amazing court feel according to several wearers.
  • The wide base of these LeBron James basketball shoes delivers stability upon landing.
  • A lot of basketball players claim that the rubber outsole does not require wiping to maintain its court grip.
  • Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 users are happy to report that dust and debris do not clog the rubber outsole.
  • One reviewer makes a conclusion that the cushioning setup of these Nike basketball shoes is better than that of the Kyrie 5.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of users mention that the heel Zoom is barely felt.
  • According to a handful, the Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 is quite stiff.
  • A few complain that if the lacing system is snug, it feels like blood cannot flow well on the foot. If it is just right, the lockdown becomes loose and the feet moves inside the shoe.

Bottom line

The Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 is loved not only by Asian wearers but also by users from the United States. The shoe has a bit of everything from the traction, cushioning, fit, lockdown, and materials. There may be a bit of an issue for those with narrow feet but fitting the shoe prior to the purchase solves it.

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Good to know

On top of LeBron James’s first signature collection, he also has the Soldier, Witness, and Ambassador lines. According to some sources, the Witness series is the affordable line, while the Ambassador is for his Asian fans.

The Nike LeBron Ambassador 11, at first glance, looks like a cross between the Adidas N3xt L3v3l and the Nike Adapt BB. The cushioning is basically composed of forefoot and heel Zoom units enclosed in a Phylon midsole.  The extra durable rubber (XDR) outsole guarantees durability. As for lockdown, the midfoot comes with the traditional lacing system for an adjustable fit. The shroud gives the midfoot better lockdown and secures the shoe laces from loosening. The upper is built with mesh.

Cushion. The Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 features forefoot and heel Zoom units encased in a Phylon midsole. The setup delivers a bouncy feeling and provides impact protection without compromising court feel.

Traction. The outsole of the Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 is made of XDR or Extra Durable Rubber because the shoe is designed for the Asian market. Asians are known to play in tough outdoor and concrete courts.

The traction pattern comes with multidirectional lines with deep and thick grooves. The depth and thickness of the grooves provide good court grip and prevent dust from sticking to the rubber. The wide outrigger on the lateral side of the forefoot provide stability.

Length and Width. The Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 is reported to be wide-footer friendly. Those with narrow feet are advised to go down half a size for a snug fit.

Lockdown. To keep the foot in place, the Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 comes with a standard lace-up system. This allows wearers to adjust the fit of the shoe. The shroud comes with a Velcro tape for better lockdown.

The upper of the Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 is made of lightweight mesh. Fuse and vinyl overlays are placed on high-wear areas for durability.

The water-resistant shroud sits on top of the traditional lace-up system. The medial side of the shroud is made of spandex. It stretches to give wearers ease in putting on and removing the shoe.

The raised external heel counter is made of foam. It prevents the heel from side to side movements.

The low-top silhouette of the Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 has the King’s logos found on the tongue, lateral side,and heel. The debossed “330” callout at the lateral heel is the area code for James’s hometown Akron, Ohio. The tongue has his jersey number 23.

Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 Galaxy

The Galaxy colorway comes with a shroud with graphics that look like an assembly of stars. Purple accents are found on the  tongue's pull tab, Swoosh, heel and insole.

Nike LeBron Ambassador 11 Olympic

Dressed in Olympic-inspired colors, this colorway is predominantly white with red Swoosh logos on the lateral sides. The ankle and tongue come in deep royal blue. To complete the look, the gold heel comes with black speckles.


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