Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The diamond traction pattern of the LeBron Witness II may have worked as designed because a good number of wearers leave comments that it grips any court floor well.
  • Most users love the ventilation the textile upper provides.
  • The design of the LeBron Witness II is praised by casual wearers.
  • Wide footers are happy with the fit of the shoe model.
  • Plenty of buyers appreciate the price of this LeBron James’s shoes from Nike.  
  • Several mention that the Witness II is a great shoe for outdoor hooping.
  • Many users say the shoe model does not need break-in time.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to a handful of testers, the grooves of the outsole rubber attracts a lot of dust.
  • Some say that the rubber outsole of these Nike performance shoes wears out easily.

Bottom line

Overall, the Nike LeBron Witness II is a performing budget basketball model. The shoe is best for guards who most frequently use the forefoot for their active footwork. The comfortable and appealing upper benefits casual wearers. The minimal cushion setup, lightness, and durability of the shoe can satisfy a wearer’s basketball needs for an entire season.

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Good to know

The shoe is the second budget model from the LeBron Witness series. The Nike LeBron Witness II was released in October 2017 at only $100. It has the same setup as its predecessor. Starting off with the traction, it has a hexagonal diamond traction pattern that works well on both indoor and outdoor courts. The midsole has full-length Phylon and two Zoom units at the forefoot, delivering exemplary court feel. The upper is made of breathable and lightweight textile that has leather and fuse overlays for durability. This mid-top shoe comes with an inner sleeve for a better fit.

Some wearers may not be that convinced on how the second Witness is constructed. Alternatives in around the same price range are the 5th Adidas Damian Lillard sneakers,  eleventh Chris Paul Jordan shoes, and Under Armour’s non-signature HOVR Havoc.

Cushion. The LeBron Witness II comes with two Zoom units embedded in a Phylon carrier. The Zoom pads on the forefoot provide adequate responsiveness and court feel, which benefits guard players. The outsole has a rounded heel for stability and smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. The outsole of the Nike LeBron Witness II has the same pattern as its predecessor. It comes with a hexagonal diamond traction pattern that works well On a variety of surfaces. The thickness of the rubber compound makes the shoe a good outdoor option. Depending on the colorway, the outsole can either be made of gum or solid rubber.

Length and Width. While the LeBron and Soldier series of LBJ come in average widths and lengths, the Zoom Witness series is for wearers with wider feet.

For wearers with normal foot sizes, there may be plenty of dead space in the forefoot area. New buyers are advised to go down half a size for a comfortable fit.

Lockdown. The Nike LeBron Witness II comes with a standard lace-up system with oval shoelaces. The tightness of the shoelaces and the tongue can be adjusted to achieve a snug fit. The heel comes with molded sections to provide foot containment. The shoe also comes with an inner sleeve for a sock-like fit.

The upper of the LeBron Witness 2 consists of textile and synthetic leather. The textile provides great breathability, keeping the foot dry. The fuse and leather overlays provide durability and protection against occasional toe drags. Still, the overall upper of the shoe is ultra-lightweight.

The shoe has a molded heel counter to prevent the foot from moving side to side.

The mid-top silhouette of the Nike LeBron Witness II comes in different colorways that are available for men and women. The prestigious Nike Swoosh is neatly placed on the lateral side of the shoe. To make apparent that the shoe is part of LeBron James’s lower-tier series, his logos are strategically placed on the tongue, outsole, and heel counter. A dainty pull tab is placed on the heel counter, making it convenient to put on and remove the shoe.

This budget model from LeBron James’s Witness line has seen releases in basic colorways such as the following:

  • Black/Black-White-Gym Red
  • Black/Gum Light Brown/Anthracite
  • Black and White
  • Black/White-Wolf Grey
  • Cool Grey/Metallic Gold/Pure Platinum
  • Navy/Team Red/ White
  • Triple Black


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