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


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

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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.


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.


We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Zoom technology in the heel works because several reviewers mention that the shoe is responsive, and it provides good impact protection.
  • Many wearers appreciate the mesh in the upper because of the steady airflow it provides the foot.
  • A large number of buyers say that the Nike LeBron Soldier XI is true to size.
  • The versatility of the shoe model is hailed by plenty of shoe owners, saying that it suits any playing style of any athlete.
  • Most users are happy with the laceless design of the Nike LeBron Soldier 11. They say it provides ease and saves time.
  • The insole of the shoe model is liked by a lot of purchasers because it is plush and comfortable.
  • Majority of the wearers say the traction requires minimal wiping and performs well on any court.
  • The straps of the shoe model keep the foot secured according to a huge number of wearers.
  • Many buyers say that the price tag of the LeBron Soldier XI is reasonable given all the attributes it has.
  • Several wearers love the futuristic design of the shoe model.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of users mention that the Swoosh on the shoe starts to peel off just after a few uses.
  • Some users complain that the traction pattern in the middle of the outsole causes slippage during play.
  • A handful of wearers say the ankle strap is unnecessary and does not provide support.
  • A few buyers mention that the shoe is heavy and bulky.
  • The shoe is not breathable enough, say a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

The Nike LeBron Soldier XI is a solid basketball sneaker. The shoe’s versatility makes a good impression on a good number of buyers. At $130, this is definitely a good buy. If you need a new pair that can last more than a season of basketball playing, pick up a new pair of the Nike LeBron Soldier XI now.



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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    It’s remarkable that designers were able to create a shoe supportive enough for LeBron yet have it weigh just 13 ounces.

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

    I'll recommend it for bigger dudes.

  • 89 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    It’s remarkable that designers were able to create a shoe supportive enough for LeBron yet have it weigh just 13 ounces.

  • 86 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    Big dudes will love them so much due to beastly support and great amount of impact protection.

  • 85 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    These sure as hell improved. They turned out into a great all-around performer for bigger guys.

  • 75 / 100 by Wear Testers • Jarron Ramos • Level 4 expert

    Had Nike went all out on the cushioning and made it a little more stable, it would have easily been a top-tier performer.

  • 75 / 100 by Wear Testers • Jarron Ramos • Level 4 expert

    Had Nike went all out on the cushioning and made it a little more stable, it would have easily been a top-tier performer.

  • 89 / 100 by Hoop Jordan • Hoop Jordan • Level 3 expert

    While traction could still use a little bit of work, the cushion is immensely better than the last go-around

  • 78 / 100 by Sole Collector • Zac Dubasik • Level 3 expert

    At $130-140, it’s not the most affordable option, but it’s one of ​them—and a very good value for what you get.

  • 78 / 100 by KickGenius • Tre Good and J Jones • Level 3 expert

    I will say this, it's probably the best soldier that I hooped in.

  • 80 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan and Kevin La • Level 2 expert

    I didn't find these shoes to be spectacular, but it got the job done.

  • 100 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate • Level 1 expert

    I love it, I have no complaints about it!

  • 70 / 100 by SneakerWhorez • SneakerWhorez • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I like the shoe. I think that you could play positions 1 through 5 in these.

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Profile of Nike LeBron Soldier XI

The Nike LeBron Soldier 11 is a budget-friendly model from LeBron James’s signature line. The midsole has the Zoom technology and Phylon. The upper has mesh that provides ventilation to the foot. The outsole has thick and durable rubber that ensures an amazing court grip.


Cushion. The responsiveness of the LeBron Soldier XI comes from the Zoom technology and Phylon in the midsole. The Zoom units are located in the forefoot and heel area. They absorb impact and help shield the knees and muscles from stress and fatigue. The midsole is composed of full-length Phylon. It is a type of lightweight and responsive EVA foam that provides flexibility to the shoe.

Traction. The LeBron Soldier 11 has an icy and translucent rubber outsole that features a triangular traction pattern. There are reports that translucent outsoles cause court slippage, but the rubber on the LeBron Soldier XI proves them wrong. The durable outsole performs well on a wide variety of courts. The triangular traction just has an excellent grip on almost any surface.


Length and Width. The Nike LeBron Soldier XI comes in the normal width and length. As for wearers with wider feet, they are advised to go half a size up. They can also opt to fit the shoe in the nearest shoe outlet to make sure of their size prior to purchasing.

Lockdown. To keep the foot in place, the Nike LeBron Soldier XI has four straps that can be adjusted to achieve the desired snugness. The Achilles foam inside the shoe provides more support and comfort to the ankle.


The upper material of the LeBron Soldier XI may change with the colorway. There are colorways whose uppers are made of ballistic nylon mesh, which provides breathability and comfort to the foot. The toe box of the shoe is spacious enough to allow the toes to flex. After the shoe is broken in, the material in the upper area becomes softer and more comfortable. It also conforms better to the foot. The external heel counter is made of rubber which provides stability to the foot.


The mid-top Nike LeBron Soldier XI has a one-bootie construction. There are dainty and sturdy pull tabs on the tongue and heel counter. They provide convenience in getting in and out of the shoe. To showcase the technology used in the midsole, a NIKE ZOOM callout is found on the heel counter. The respected Swoosh is found on the outsole and both sides of the shoe. To signify that the shoe model is part of LeBron’s signature series, his logo is found on the tongue, insole, outsole, and heel counter.