Verdict from 2 experts and 47 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Outdoor use: At least two expert reviewers recommend the Adidas N3XT L3V3L for outdoor use, pointing out that the outsole and upper materials are sturdy enough.
  • Materials: A good number of commenters, both ordinary users and expert reviewers, say that the materials are so great that they feel like they're wearing a sock. 
  • Cushion: The Lightstrike in the midsole successfully offers both impact protection and court feel, a good number of wearers say.
  • Style: Many buyers point out that the 2020 version of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L really looks good.
  • Support: Expert reviewers and ordinary wearers alike notice how supportive this laceless shoe is.
  • Comfortable: Many commenters say that the N3XT L3V3L from Adidas feels so comfortable that they can wear these shoes the whole day. 
  • Traction: A number of wearers point out that this Adidas shoe grips courts pretty well.

1 reason not to buy

  • Hard to put on: A few reviewers report that this high-top shoe is really difficult to put on. 

Bottom line

The Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 successfully builds on the success of the inaugural 2019 version. Aside from the premium feel, the upper materials also deliver comfort and reliable support. Traction isn't so bad either. Generally, this Adidas high-top shoe is going to be worth the $150 that buyers are going to pay for it. 

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Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020: Taking pride in who you are

Released as part of the Adidas's Pride collection for 2020, the N3XT L3V3L 2020 represents a loud statement of support for love, inclusivity, and a celebration of diverse identities on and off the basketball court. Performance-wise, it delivers the following:

Sleek and lightweight cushion. The Lightstrike technology that's implemented in the midsole provides reliable impact protection without adding weight and bulk. 

Improved traction. The 2020 N3XT L3V3L corrects the traction issues that plagued the 2019 version. 

Dependable support. The high collar and well-received Primeknit material used in the upper work together to really ensure stability even during the most aggressive movements. 

2020s Adidas N3XT L3V3L and its off-court appeal

The functional greatness and important message of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 shouldn't be confined within the four corners of the basketball court. Besides its undeniably effective performance features, this Adidas shoe also has the lifestyle appeal that makes it so endearing even to fans who enjoy basketball from the bleachers. Besides it sleek design, the shoe is released in colors that easily command attention. 


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