Facts

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High-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

Mid-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

Low-Top

Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

Signature

Good to know

Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

Lockdown
Lace-Up

Strap

Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

Lace-Up

Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

Slip-On

Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

Good to know

Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

Price
$175

Road

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

Trail

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

Good to know

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Zoom technology in the Nike LeBron XII Low is praised by a huge number of users because of the comfort and mobility that it affords the wearer.
  • A good number of buyers mention that the shoe is true to size.
  • Plenty of reviewers mention that the outsole is durable, saying further that the rubber looks impeccable even after several uses.
  • Many wearers say that the design and colorways of the shoe model are aesthetically appealing.
  • The multidirectional pattern on the outsole is praised by several reviewers because it has good court grip for both indoor and outdoor courts.
  • The shoe model does not need any breaking in according to most testers.
  • Some buyers say the shoe needs minimal to zero wiping during gameplay.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviewers mention that they had ankle rolls because the shoe lacks sufficient ankle support.
  • A number of testers claim that the Air Max unit on the heel does not work because they still experience soreness in the knees and muscles after playing.
  • A couple of buyers leave comments that they do not like the sock-like fit of the Nike LeBron 12 Low.
  • The mesh is too soft and does not support the foot well, claim a few users.

Bottom line

Overall, the Nike LeBron XII Low is just a standard shoe. Though it has remarkable outsole and great midsole technologies, most reviewers only recommend this shoe model for casual use. There are plenty of other pairs that can be bought at $175 that can surpass the qualities the LeBron 12 Low possesses.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 67 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
15%
3 star
4%
2 star
4%
1 star
6%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are basketball players, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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62 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 64 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Everything in the shoe is solid except the lateral support. Traction, cushion, materials, fit (for the most part) is all really nice.

  • 52 / 100 by Zak Kerr • Zak Kerr • Level 4 expert

    While playing in the LeBron 12, I felt very insecure and felt as if my ankles were gonna roll over at anytime.

  • 64 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Everything in the shoe is solid except the lateral support. Traction, cushion, materials, fit (for the most part) is all really nice.

  • 70 / 100 by SneakStorming • SneakStorming • Level 3 expert

    I enjoyed the shoe, but I think I'm gonna be using it more casually than on court.

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Profile of Nike LeBron XII Low

The Nike LeBron XII Low is a low-top with a one-bootie construction. The upper has a combination of mesh and fuse overlays. The good cushioning comes from the Zoom and 180 Air Max technologies in the midsole. The outsole has a multidirectional traction that promises a good grip on the court.

Performance

Cushion. The performance of the LeBron XII Low comes from the Phylon, Zoom, and 180 Air Max technologies in the midsole. There are two Zoom units on the forefoot that provide enough responsiveness and flexibility. The heel has a 180 Air Max technology for impact absorption. The plush Phylon bed delivers comfort to the foot.

Traction. The traction of the Nike LeBron XII Low has a multidirectional pattern in six hexagon units. The thick outsole rubber resists dust and has an excellent grip on any type of court.

Fit

Length and Width. The Nike LeBron XII Low comes in the normal length and width. Wearers with wider feet can still go true to size because the mesh upper fits and conforms to the shape of the forefoot well.

Lockdown. The The Nike LeBron XII Low uses a simple lace-up closure. As if the sock-like fit of the shoe is not enough, the shoe model has flat shoelaces that can be adjusted to achieve a snug fit.

Material

The upper of the Nike LeBron XII Low is composed of mesh and fuse overlays. The woven mesh keeps the airflow steady. The fuse overlays and neoprene underlay keep the mesh durable. For stability, there is a TPU material on both sides of the shoe, which provides stability and foot containment. The collar has a good amount of padding that provides comfort to the ankle.

Style

The Nike LeBron XII Low has a low-top silhouette and one-bootie construction. The shoe model is available in more than ten colorways. The respected Nike Swoosh is found on the forefoot and on the medial side of the shoe. To signify that the shoe model is part of the LeBron series, his signature logo is located on the tongue, heel counter, and outsole. A stylish and dainty pull tab is located on the heel counter.