Facts

Top
Signature
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$175
Weight
14.1oz

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

11 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 the shoe is heavy when weighed, but it feels light when worn.
  • For wearers with wider feet, the shoe is true to size.
  • 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.
  • Some buyers claim that the shoe model does not need any break-in period.
  • A huge number of purchasers say the mesh conforms well to the forefoot.
  • Many appreciate the breathability of the Nike LeBron XIV.
  • A large number of buyers love the aesthetic appeal of the shoe.
  • The shoe has a good heel-to-toe transition, claim most users.

9 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.
  • A couple of reviewers leave comments that while the translucent rubber has good traction, the shoe can still perform better with solid rubber.
  • Some testers say that because the mesh upper is soft, the shoe does not have a good ankle support.
  • A few wearers complain that they cannot use their ankle braces with this shoe.
  • A small number of testers claim that the rubber outsole is not designed for outdoor play.
  • 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 710 ratings

5 star
82%
4 star
14%
3 star
2%
2 star
1%
1 star
1%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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84 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Impact protection and overall mobility are two really great features of the shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    This is an upgrade from last year's model.

  • 87 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    The best aspects of the shoe are cushion setup with great impact protection and the upper with flexible materials.

  • 85 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Impact protection and overall mobility are two really great features of the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    If you’re a bigger guy, you’ll definitely feel the benefits. If you’re a guard like me, it’s logical to look for something different.

  • 77 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    If you have a narrow foot, just watch out for that. Maybe you should go try it on first.

  • 70 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    This is a very specific fitting shoe so it’s best to try on or skip it altogether.

  • 95 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    The materials are on-point in terms of durability and construction.

  • 80 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 4 expert

    Fun, fun, fun. I never thought a LeBron shoe and fun could be said together.

  • 90 / 100 by Sole Collector • Zac Dubasik • Level 3 expert

    Once I began to trust the shoe’s support despite the less-than-sleek fit of the collar, I thoroughly enjoyed playing in it.

  • 85 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 3 expert

    I'm really excited about the direction that Nike took the LeBron line.

  • 78 / 100 by Honeydewforme • Jay Tan • Level 3 expert

    If you try these on and your heel isn't locked in, I wouldn't definitely recommend these shoes.

  • 100 / 100 by SLAM Philippines • Miguel Rocha • Level 2 expert

    I have played in every LBJ shoe from the Air Zoom Generation to this 14, and it is safe to say that the 14 is the best performance sneaker Nike has released for the King.

  • 88 / 100 by Mr. Foamer Simpson • Mike Simpson • Level 2 expert

    They are really a bit of a pain to put on because of the one piece set-up.

  • 85 / 100 by KickSpotting • KickSpotting • Level 2 expert

    I think nike has found that balance in a Lebron shoe that both big men and guards would love to play in.

  • 90 / 100 by Hoop and Life • Boris Clemete • Level 1 expert

    The only thing I didn't like about this shoe... How it was really hard for me to stick my foot in with an ankle brace.

  • 75 / 100 by Sole Reviewer • Sole Reviewer • Level 1 expert

    The materials are great, however, the ventilation could be improved.

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Profile of Nike LeBron XIV

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.

Performance

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.

Fit

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.

Material

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.

Style

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.