We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all reviewers claim that the Nike LeBron Soldier 13 fits true to size. According to them, these basketball shoes offer a snug one-to-one fit.
  • Most users are surprised that the Soldier 13 is quite easy to put on and off.
  • According to most testers, the latest LeBron Soldier offers exceptional lockdown and support.
  • Almost all testers are saying that the LeBron Soldier 13’s cushioning is better than the LeBron Soldier 12. They claim that it is more plush and responsive than the previous model.
  • These Nike basketball shoes have one of the best tractions, nearly all testers exclaim. According to them, the outsole is very grippy and has consistent bite no matter the court condition.
  • Many reviewers love the level of stability and containment these LeBron shoes provide on the hardwood.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several testers are griping that the Nike LeBron Soldier 13 runs very snug and narrow.
  • These high-top basketball shoes get pretty hot inside, some players complain.

Bottom line

The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 is a major upgrade when compared to its predecessor the LeBron Soldier 12. The cushioning, traction, support, lockdown, containment, and durability are just on another level. 

However, more affordable signature models like the Nike PG3 and Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 provide a better playing experience overall. 

All in all, the LeBron Soldier 13 is a unique and fun basketball shoe to play in. If you have $140 to spare, then don’t hesitate to cop pair.


Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 | RicheeKim | | Level 5 expert

    For 140 bucks, it is a really good shoe. It's a fun shoe to play in and it definitely is eye-catching especially in this colorway. If you guys don't like laces, these straps are the way to go cause these straps don't come undone like it did in the Soldier 12.

  • 90 / 100 | MARKCHES | | Level 5 expert

    I think the Sldier 13s are woth it for the price. I just wish that the lateral support of the Soldier 13 were a little bit better. That's the only gripe or downside that I have for the Soldier 13s. But, overall, this sneaker is an awesome performer and I would highly recommend it for you guys, especially for big men, those who love playing on outdoor courts, cement courts.

  • 90 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, the Nike LeBron Soldier 13 is a great shoe. They perform well in every category. Traction is great. Cushion is well balanced. I found the fit and lockdown to be exceptional for a laceless shoe. Materials aren’t premium, but they get the job done when talking about performance. Support was solid as well. Just an all-around good shoe that should take care of a lot of player needs out on the hardwood or blacktop.

  • 85 / 100 | BasketballDiagnostics | | Level 5 expert

    So the Nike LeBron Soldier 13 is undoubtedly an improved follow up model to LeBron‘s main team lineup. As a team model, it‘s one of the top dogs out there in terms of performance. However, that premium price tag doesn‘t allow me to recommend them for everyone. That being said, unless your main priority is support and every other aspect of the shoe doing a really solid job or you just don‘t want to deal with the laces – buy them. Now for those who want something more free-flowing, lighter and with even more exciting cushion setup, I suggest you checking out the KD 12. At the end of the day, the best decision would be to wait a month or even less for them to hit outlet stores for around $100. The LeBron Soldier 13 for 100 bucks? Now that’s a robbery.

  • 83 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    Definitely for the price, I don't think it's worth it. Comparing it to like the other shoes like the PG3, or the Sonics, KT 4s you know, and stuff like that. But yeah, they're definitely a good performer though. I enjoyed playing in them. Uh, I wish the cushion was a lot better.

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    I, again, am very excited to try these things out. I just think that they're gonna play really well. It looks and feels like a no-nonsense type of shoe, despite the loud colorway, which actually I've warmed up to.

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The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 is inspired by LeBron James’s commitment and dedication to fine-tune his craft. Made for battle, these Nike basketball shoes boast a LeBron-tested cushioning setup that offers optimal responsiveness. A laceless closure with dynamic straps provides unparalleled containment and support.

Cushion. The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 is equipped with a foam midsole with bottom-loaded heel and forefoot Zoom Air units. This cushioning setup is designed to provide dynamic responsiveness as you force your way down the court. The Air units compress and spring back quickly as you run and jump to the hoop.

Traction. These LeBron James basketball shoes feature a rubber outsole with a herringbone traction pattern. The intricate tread pattern is designed to provide exceptional multi-surface traction. 

Length and Width. The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 reportedly runs true to size but fits a little snug. Wide-footers are advised to go up half a size for a better fit.

Lockdown. These LeBron James basketball sneakers boast a laceless closure with dual dynamic straps that criss-cross around the ankle and midfoot. Each strap also features an adjustable slip lock that provides a fine-tuned fit.

These Nike basketball shoes feature a strong and flexible ripstop upper that stretches in specific areas and locks you in where you need it. 

The LeBron Soldier 13 also comes with a flexible inner sleeve that allows the collar to expand for easy entry.

The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 features a high-top cut with velcro cross-straps—design elements that have persisted throughout the Soldier line.

‘LS13’ is printed on the insole while ‘LJ23’ is found on the outsole.

LeBron James’s 13th Soldier model debuts in Thunder Grey/Bright Crimson/Electric Green. The follow-up colorway arrives in Black/White/University Red. Expect to see more colorways throughout the year.

Nike LeBron Soldier 13 SFG ‘Thunder Grey’

The Nike LeBron Soldier 13 SFG is inspired by James’s dedication to improving his already devastating skills on the court. These high-top basketball shoes feature a multicolored upper with a two-tone midsole.

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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.