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9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike LeBron 14’s responsiveness comes from the Zoom units in the midsole, and a large number of buyers say it’s excellent.  
  • Many users say that the outsole rubber is safe to use on both indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Several purchasers say these LeBron shoes are heavy when weighed, but they actually feel light when worn.
  • These Nike basketball shoes are wide-footer friendly.
  • A good number of users recommend the shoe to bigger athletes or centers.
  • The midfoot strap provides additional support to the foot, say plenty of wearers.
  • A huge number of purchasers say the mesh conforms well to the forefoot.
  • Many appreciate the breathability of the Nike LeBron XIV. Users observe the same amount of ventilation with the 10th Hyperdunk.
  • A large number of buyers love the aesthetic appeal of these LeBron James basketball shoes.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Most users say that the Nike LeBron 14 runs wide.
  • Some buyers mention that the outsole collects a lot of dust, and it needs a lot of wiping during play.
  • The shoelaces need to be tied twice so it will not loosen, say a few wearers.
  • The price of $175 is steep for a basketball sneaker, according to many buyers.
  • Some testers say that because the mesh upper is soft, the shoe does not have a good ankle support.
  • The shoe needs an outrigger in the outsole for stability, according to a couple of testers.

Bottom line

The Nike LeBron 14 is a top-notch solid performer. It is responsive, durable, and comfortable.  It also has great impact absorption capacities. Because of the impressive attributes of this shoe, it has become a favorite among buyers. Bigger players or wearers with wider feet can take advantage of this shoe at $175. However, if you are a guard, there are plenty of other sneakers for you with lower price tags and better cushioning.

Facts

Top: Mid
Signature: LeBron James
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Price: $175
Weight: 14.1oz
Colorways: White, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 4% best basketball shoe
It has never been more popular than this December

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The Nike LeBron XIV is a mid-top shoe that has the Zoom technology and Phylon for responsiveness and comfort. The outsole has a unique digital traction pattern that offers an excellent court grip. The mesh upper has perforations that deliver breathability to the shoe. The Flywire technology helps keep the foot secured. The fifth Kyrie Irving sneakers prove that the Flywire indeed guarantees great lockdown.

Cushion. The outstanding performance of the LeBron 14 comes from the Zoom technology and Phylon in the midsole. To deliver good responsiveness, cushioning, and impact protection; the four thick Zoom units are evenly distributed. The midfoot has a TPU support plate that offers a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The midsole is made of Phylon, which is a lightweight and responsive foam.

Traction. The Nike LeBron 14 has a translucent rubber outsole that features a digital traction pattern that is divided into several hexagonal units. The large flex grooves provide a good amount of flexibility and court grip. The translucent outsole of the Nike LeBron XIV is designed for indoor and outdoor courts.

Length and Width. The Nike LeBron 14 comes in the average width and length. However, most wearers claim the shoe runs wide. Wearers with wider feet can go true to size. As for wearers with normal size, they are advised to go half a size down or double their socks for a better fit. They are also advised to fit the shoe in the nearest shoe outlet before purchasing.

Lockdown. To keep the foot secured, the Nike LeBron XIV makes use of a lot of technologies. It has a simple lace-up closure that is further improved by its Flywire system. This technology uses cables that are connected to the shoelaces to keep the foot on lockdown. The Velcro strap adds extra security to the midfoot and heel. To prevent heel slippage, the shoe has internal and external heel counters.

The upper of the Nike LeBron 14 is made of engineered mesh. The synthetic leather and fuse overlays on the forefoot provides durability to the shoe. The mesh has perforations that provide ventilation to the foot.

To add durability to the shoe and comfort to the foot, there is a neoprene underlay beneath the mesh. The inner of the shoe has an ample amount of padding that provides comfort and support to the ankle.

The mid-top Nike LeBron 14 has a one-bootie construction. The shoe model comes in over ten colorways. Depending on the colorway, some outsole rubbers are translucent to showcase the Zoom technology used in the shoe.

The prominent Nike Swoosh is found on the strap and medial side of the shoe. To showcase the technology used in the midsole, a NIKE ZOOM callout is embossed on the heel counter. The logo of LeBron James that is found on the heel counter and outsole marks the shoe model as part of his signature line. The tongue and heel counter have pull tabs, making it convenient to get in and out of the shoe.

Dubbed as one of LeBron’s really appealing signature shoes, the Nike LeBron 14 is released in multiple colorways that buyers can choose from.

  • Black Ice
  • Bred
  • Flip the Switch
  • Red Carpet
  • Time to Shine
  • University Red

Nike Lebron 14 Agimat

The Nike LeBron 14 Agimat features blue and gold. This high-top shoe model makes several references to the Philippines and its culture. The rear panel has a basket weave pattern that represents the traditionally woven fabrics of the Philippines. The heel pull tab has a PARA SA KADAKILAAN callout, which literally translates to ‘for greatness.’

The shoe tongue pull tab has several symbols on it. There is a mountain graphic that represents the terrains of the Philippines and King James’s persistent climb to greatness. Below that is an a small ‘MNL’ plate,  which is a clear shout out to the ballers of Manila. The ribbon also contains a fire graphic that symbolizes the volcanoes of the Philippines and James’s passion for basketball.

Nike LeBron 14 BHM

In celebration of the 2017 Black History Month, the BHM rendition of the fourteenth LeBrons is white with black and gold accents. It has a translucent rubber outsole.

Nike LeBron 14 LMTD

LeBron James goes into 'Zero Dark Thirty-23' mode as the postseason starts. He stays away from social media in an attempt to enhance his  focus on the game. Doing this has become an annual tradition for the basketball star. Referencing the total social media blackout that characterizes this mode, the LMTD of the LeBron 14 comes out, and it is dressed in full anthracite.

Nike LeBron 14 Mag

The Mag version of the fourteenth LeBrons is a part of the 2017 Summer Pack. It draws inspiration from the shoes worn by character Marty McFly in the movie ‘Back to the Future.’ Its upper is dressed in matte silver with hints of white glow. The upper sits on a speckled midsole and translucent outsole.

Nike LeBron 14 Out of Nowhere

The Nike LeBron 14 did not hit the shelves until January 2017, or midway through the 2016-2017 Season. The Out of Nowhere was the debut colorway, and it proved to be a bit difficult to cop. Foot Locker in New York announced in social media the limited release of the Nike basketball shoes, but they did not arrive in time causing a bit of chaos, confusion, and eventual release postponements.

Nike LeBron 14 PE

There are plenty of player exclusives produced for LBJ. One of them is an exclusive that features the jersey colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This version sports a black upper with wine and gold accents.

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