Verdict from 5 experts and 53 user reviews

3 reasons to buy

  • Supportive: The wide base, achilles pillows, and sturdy upper materials work together to keep the foot securely locked in.
  • Conforms to foot shape: The materials are minimal and soft enough to adjust to the unique contours of the wearer's foot.
  • Court feel: The forefoot is made firmer so that the wearer can feel the ground better.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Decent at best traction: Though the traction is an improvement to the Harden Vol 5; basketball players still think it's nowhere near the Stepback 2 or even the N3XT L3V3L 2020.
  • Clunky: This basketball shoe is quite a slapper because its outsole's flat, wide, and rigid.
  • Hard to put on: Several players and experts complain that the Next Level Futurenatural's laceless construction makes it too hard to wear.
  • Heavy: Even with its streamlined look, this shoe is still heavier than many Adidas shoes, or basketball shoes in general.
  • Dust-prone: The outsole of the N3XT L3V3L Futurenatural is a dust magnet, so wiping is needed even on mildly dusty courts.

Bottom line

The N3XT L3V3L Futurenatural takes many things from the Harden Vol 5, unfortunately including its bad on-court performance and eventual cold reception with basketball players. You know it's game over for the NL Futurenatural when athletes can't help but think that the previous release for 2020 still is the better pick.

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Adidas N3XT L3V3L Futurenatural: The Next Level Fit

The laceless revolution continues with the Adidas N3XT L3V3L Futurenatural. The third release from the esteemed N3XT L3V3L series proudly delivers the following:

Enhanced Fit. This shoe makes use of Futurenatural, which was first featured on the Harden Vol 5. This ensures a reliable and data-driven fit.

Speed and court feel. The combination of Boost and Lighstrike result in better control on the court, which in turn leads to faster sprints to the basket. 

Dependable support. The shoe's streamlined form almost hides the fact that it is equipped with support features that synergistically provide foot containment. 

Colors of the N3XT L3V3L Futurenatural

The last two releases had special colorways that make references to popular culture elements such as Captain America. The Futurenatural keeps it simple, and it has been released in at least two monochromatic vibrancies: "Screaming Orange" and "Team Solar Green." These two colors debuted just before spring in 2021.


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