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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
Strap

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
$150
Weight
14oz

Good to know

Basketball shoes usually weigh between 300g and 400g for speed and agility. Write your on-court tale with basketball shoes that barely tip the scales.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wearers notice that the LeBron Soldier 10 feels very supportive.
  • The shoe’s high-cut design provides great ankle support, many observe
  • Most users assert that these LeBron basketball shoes are very comfortable and feel great when moving around the court.
  • Several buyers just love the shoe’s laceless design. They find it unique and stylish.
  • The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 is perfect for bigger and more explosive players, a good number of reviewers observe.
  • Almost all testers are pleased with the shoe’s upper. They’re saying that the materials feel very soft and do not require any break-in time.
  • Some purchasers comment that the shoe has traction that grips the floor well.
  • The Nike LeBron Soldier 10 is surprisingly light and is well ventilated, a number of wearers remark.
  • A good number of users are satisfied with the shoe’s overall performance.
  • The shoe runs true to size and fits perfectly, a few buyers note.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 is very difficult to put on, a good number of wearers complain. The shoe’s opening is just too small for people with wide feet.
  • Several buyers are complaining that the shoe’s color bleeds onto the outsole, causing discoloration and ruining its look.
  • Nearly all testers are disappointed with the shoe’s cushioning. The Phylon midsole feels very stiff, and they cannot feel the Zoom units.
  • Some criticize that the LeBron Soldier 10 is poorly made. They’re claiming that the shoes easily rips and falls apart after just a few games.
  • The shoe has disappointing traction according to most reviewers.
  • A few users are saying that the shoes take a while to break in.

Bottom line

Depending on your position or play style, you’ll either enjoy playing in the Nike LeBron Soldier 10 or really hate it. Shifty guards who perform a lot of crossovers and quick changes in direction may find the shoe restrictive and the traction lackluster. However, bigger guys who like to explode to the basket will love how supportive the shoes feel and appreciate its tried-and-tested cushioning setup.

LeBron James completed an epic comeback in the 2016 NBA Finals wearing the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10. That’s reason enough for Cavs and LeBron fans to cop a pair of these championship sneakers.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 42 ratings

5 star
57%
4 star
17%
3 star
7%
2 star
7%
1 star
12%

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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79 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The most surprising feature was the support since the shoe has no laces to speak of.

  • 98 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate Levell Greer • Level 4 expert

    I love it!

  • 89 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 is truly a big guy shoe – it’s like real man’s deal.

  • 86 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    As criticized as the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier X is, overall, it isn’t a bad shoe — pretty good, actually, to this reviewer.

  • 81 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The most surprising feature was the support since the shoe has no laces to speak of.

  • 60 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    Honestly, stay away from these, unless you want to have all LeBron’s shoes or something.

  • 60 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    Not a good shoe overall.

  • 89 / 100 by SoleCollector • Zac Dubasik • Level 4 expert

    Even with less-than-stellar traction, it would be an easy recommendation were it not for durability issues.

  • 86 / 100 by Zak Kerr • Zak Kerr • Level 4 expert

    It's not a bad shoe by any means.

  • 76 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 4 expert

    For certain people I would recommend it.

  • 84 / 100 by KickGenius • Jay Jones • Level 3 expert

    The LeBron Zoom Soldier 10 gets the job done.

  • 80 / 100 by Luvmykicks1 • Luvmykicks1 • Level 3 expert

    It's definitely not a shoe for me.

  • 65 / 100 by Wheat City Sole • Richard • Level 3 expert

    If you're looking for a comfortable shoe with really strong cushioning and solid traction you might wanna give this a look.

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

    I actually really, really dig these LeBron Soldier 10s.

  • 80 / 100 by LaShoota • LaShoota • Level 2 expert

    I just don't think this shoe is for me.

  • 70 / 100 by Epicathletics • Epicathletics • Level 2 expert

    I'd pass on these.

  • 65 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Raymond Lam and Nelson Chan • Level 2 expert

    I wouldn't recommend buying this shoe for full retail.

  • 65 / 100 by Sneaker Gearz • Levi • Level 2 expert

    There's not much of a reason to get this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Dylan Elliott Productions • Dylan Elliott Productions • Level 1 expert

    I would probably put these into the top 5 basketball shoes I've ever worn

  • 90 / 100 by Average Dude 604 • • Level 1 expert

    I think it's a good shoe.

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Profile of Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10

Take command and showcase your explosiveness on the court with the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10. Made for battle, the shoes feature a unique three-strap lockdown system that provides powerful support to keep you zoned in on your game. It also has the responsive Zoom Air cushioning that helps with explosive plays on the court.

Performance

Cushion. The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 features a Phylon foam midsole with forefoot and heel Zoom Air units that provide responsive cushioning and maximum comfort.

The Phylon midsole delivers a stable ride while the Zoom Air units cushion hard landings when jumping for a rebound and allow for explosive plays on the open court.

Traction. The outsole features a multidirectional traction pattern that’s designed to shift naturally with your foot, providing instinctive responses that help with powerful transitions from the backcourt to the frontcourt.

Fit

Length and Width. The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 runs true to size but has a very narrow opening. Wide-footers are advised to try it on in-store first.

Lockdown. To keep you focused on your game, the LeBron Soldier 10 features a unique no-lace three-strap system that delivers full lockdown from heel to forefoot.

The three-strap lockdown system securely locks the foot down and allows a customizable fit. The midfoot and forefoot straps offer strength and support while the lightweight ankle strap stretches to give a comfortable and adjustable fit without limiting ankle mobility.

The shoe also includes a compression inner-sleeve that’s designed to provide snug-fitting support all game long.

Material

The Nike LeBron Soldier 10 has a tri-layer textile and foam upper that offers lightweight and breathable comfort to keep you fast and fresh as you attack the basket.

The three-layer upper incorporates a stretch lining with perforated textile and foam to allow your foot to flex naturally. In high-wear areas, the materials are reinforced to enhance durability.

Style

Celebrating ten years of dominance, the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 pays homage to past Soldier models with detailed throwbacks in a fresh silhouette. Modern design elements merge with new technology to create a basketball sneaker that’s fit for a king.

The Soldier 10’s distinct laceless high-top silhouette features logo icons and other design elements from previous Soldier shoes. Words and phrases that have constantly been seen on past models are incorporated along the outsole.

Special Colorways of the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10

Nike launched a wide variety of colorways for LeBron James’s trophy-winning basketball shoe.

  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Black/Black-Gum Light Brown ‘Black Gum’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Obsidian/White-University Red 'USA'
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Black/University Red-White 'Bred'
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG White/Metallic Silver-White 'White Gum'
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Cool Grey/White
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 EP Black/Total Orange-Cosmic Purple-Hyper Jade ‘Unlimited’ a.k.a. ‘Iridescent’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 White/Cool Grey-Electric Green ‘Dunkman’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 University Red/White-Metallic Silver ‘Ohio State’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Game Royal/White-Metallic Silver ‘Kentucky’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 White/Metallic Gold-Dark Obsidian 'Gold Medal'
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Black/Medium Olive Green-Green Bamboo ‘Camo’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Space Jam’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Black/Black ‘Black Space’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Cool Grey/Metallic Gold-Wolf Grey ‘Battle Grey’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 White/Black-Black ‘Black Toe’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Black/Metallic Silver-Court Purple ‘Sacramento Kings’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 White/Hyper Cobalt
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Midnight Navy/Game Royal
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Black/Red ‘Suede Toe’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Hardwood Classics ‘Home’ PE
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Hardwood Classics’ PE
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Lux ‘Cargo Khaki’
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 White/Gold ‘Christmas Day’ PE
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Red/Black
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Yellow/Black
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG Blue/Black
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SFG White/Black
  • Oregon Ducks Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 PE

John Elliott X Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10

Menswear designer John Elliott was captivated with the LeBron Soldier 10 when he first saw it during the 2016 NBA Finals. “Seeing him in game three this summer, in that all-black Soldier X, that was like another moment where I don’t think I’ll ever be able to erase…there’s that kind of wow, like ‘Oh my God’ moment about it,” he went on to add. “You knew that something was about to go down. The all-black Soldier, it’s a beautiful and disruptive design. It was almost a little bit of foreshadowing, really, for what was about to happen for the rest of that series,” Elliott explains.

The John Elliott X LeBron Soldier 10 features a mix of gray, white, and orange. A unique denim-like graphic around the ankle completes the silhouette.

Nike ‘Four Wins’ Championship Pack

The ‘Four Wins’ Pack includes limited edition sneakers worn by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving during their epic championship run. Four two-shoe sets were made available at select retailers.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Christ The King’

A recurring theme in James’s signature line, the ‘Christ The King’ colorway pays tribute the James-sponsored New York City High School basketball squad. The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Christ The King’ features a combination of team red, off-white, and metallic gold.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Finals iD

After completing a shocking comeback, Nike gave Cavs fans an early treat by releasing a limited number of LeBron James’s championship sneakers via NIKEiD. The Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Championship iD features exclusive color options that match what James wore during the Finals.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 MLK Day PE

The Nike MLK Day collection includes a Triple Black version of the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10. Nike athletes wore their all-black player exclusives during MLK Day to honor the efforts of Dr. King.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘NYC’

This New York City exclusive colorway is limited to 100 pairs and was sold at select Nike locations across Manhattan. Each pair is individually numbered and features an all-black upper with bold anthracite “Nike NYC” branding on the ankle strap.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Pinnacle’

A premium version of the LeBron Soldier 10, the ‘Pinnacle’ colorways features a white and black upper with tumbled leather straps. Other details include the area codes of Cleveland “216” and Akron “330” visible on the heel and side panels.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 SVSM PE

LeBron James made the leap to the NBA after winning three state championships while attending St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Dressed in school colors, Nike paid tribute to LeBron James’s basketball roots with ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ versions of the Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘SVSM.’

The ‘Home’ colorway features a white upper while the ‘Away’ version is dressed in green. White, green, and gold accents complete the school-inspired theme.

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘The Academy’

Specially made for the participants of the Nike Academy, the Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘The Academy’ features a white upper with a multi-colored print around the toe box. The silhouette is finished off with a black Swoosh and an ice blue outsole.

During Nike’s summer hoops program, James was spotted wearing an all-black version dubbed as the ‘Alternate.’

Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 ‘Think Pink’

These all pink basketball shoes are specially crafted for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Featuring a ‘Think Pink’ theme, these LeBron sneakers are dressed in bright pink with white and black accents.

NIKEiD Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 'White Camo'

Nike and LeBron James celebrated Veteran’s Day with a specially crafted Zoom LeBron Soldier 10. The new ‘White Camo’ colorway features a unique camouflage print with shades of white, blue, and silver. The pattern is meant to honor all the veterans who have fought and are still fighting for America’s freedom.