Our verdict


With all the improvements from the Nike LeBron 3 Retro added to this pair, the Nike LeBron 16 is a great on-court performer that many hoopers love. They are pleased with its beastly traction, balanced cushioning setup, and strong and supportive upper.


  • Beastly traction
  • Excellent lockdown
  • Sturdy outsole great for outdoors
  • Nice cushion
  • Easy to put on
  • Great for wide feet
  • Cool aesthetics
  • Stable
  • Supportive


  • Heavy and bulky
  • Difficult to relace
  • Quite expensive

Who should buy the Nike LeBron 16

This Nike LeBron basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that offers excellent lockdown for a secure fit while running on the court
  • You are after a Nike basketball shoe that helps you deliver excellent performance 
  • You prefer a shoe that is easy to put on and is stable

Nike LeBron 16 logo

Who should not buy the Nike LeBron 16

Several verified buyers complained that this pair is heavy and bulky, while some are not happy with its quite expensive price. Nike Lebron 15 is a great alternative if you're looking for a light pair and Nike Precision 6 for an affordable great shoe.

Nike LeBron 16 toebox

Durable outsole for outdoors

According to some athletes, the Nike LeBron 16's rubber outsole is super hard and quite thick which makes it durable for outdoor courts. Many players also mentioned that it has beastly traction and that it holds up well despite the court condition.

Nike LeBron 16 outsole

This makes sense as its outsole is lined with a modified herringbone traction pattern for superior grip on the hardwood.

Nike LeBron 16 midsole

The Nike LeBron 16 is well-cushioned

Nearly all verified buyers commented that the cushioning of the Nike LeBron 16 feels super nice and that it provides a well-balanced ride that all types of players will enjoy. This is brought by its Max Air cushioning system that was utilized on the Nike LeBron 15.

Nike LeBron 16 shoe insole

With the combination of the Max Air and Zoom Air cushioning platforms, many said these Nike basketball shoes deliver unrivaled impact absorption and instant responsiveness.

You'll have no problem putting it on

Just like the Nike LeBron 17, hoopers commented that these shoes feel amazing on foot and they had no problem putting them on as these are extremely easy to wear.

Nike LeBron 16 heel

Fits great

A few verified buyers said that the Nike LeBron 16 fits great, just like the Nike LeBron 15. Normal and narrow footers can go down half a size, while wide-footers are advised to go true to size.

Nike LeBron 16 back

Shoes are difficult to relace

Thanks to its innovative gusseted tongue, several players commented that these shoe has a customizable fit and delivers locked-in support. However, some have mentioned that these shoes are very difficult to re-lace.

Nike LeBron 16 laces

Great shoe with a cool aesthetic

Most owners reported that this pair is straight-up fire, and claimed that it is one of the best-looking LeBrons to date. People who bought this pair commented that they are satisfied with the overall support, stability, lockdown, and containment this shoe provides.

Nike LeBron 16 collar

Lebron 16 is pricey

Some owners were not happy that this shoe comes at an expensive price. For comparison, its price ($200) is much higher than that of Lebron 18 Low ($160) or Lebron 19 ($180). 

Nike LeBron 16 side

Nike LeBron 16: Colorways

LeBron James’s 16th comes in a wide range of narrative-driven hues:

  • Black/Black-Black ‘Triple Black’
  • Black/Metallic Gold-Black ‘I’m King’
  • Black/Metallic Silver-White ‘Strive for Greatness’
  • Black/Multi-Color ‘I Promise’
  • Black/University Red ‘Fresh Bred’
  • Black/White ‘Equality Away’
  • Black/White/Grey
  • Bright Citron/Summit White ‘HFR’
  • Court Purple/Metallic Gold ‘King Court Purple’
  • Multi-Color/Metallic Silver-Cool Grey ‘20 20’
  • Multi-Color/Multi-Color ‘1 Thru 5’
  • Sail/White/Light Bone ‘HFR’
  • Team Red/Metallic Gold-Multi Color ‘King’
  • White/Black ‘Equality Home’
  • White/Varsity Red-Varsity Royal ‘SuperBron’ aka ‘Superman’

HFR X LeBron 16

This special edition LeBron 16 is the first LeBron sneaker designed by women for women. Designed by Brandice Daniel, Felisha Noel, Kimberly Goldson, and Undra Celeste, the LeBron 16 ‘Harlem’s Fashion Row’ boasts a 3-D molded lion and an iconic leather cuff to provide a powerful picture of strength.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Air Trainer’

These white Nike basketball shoes are inspired by Bo Jackson’s ‘Medicine Ball’ Air Trainer 3 that initially hit shelves in 1988. The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Air Trainer’ features a white-based upper with midnight navy and ginger highlights. The shoes also boast a forefoot strap as a nod to the original Air Trainer.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Buzz Lightyear’

Disney’s Toy Story movie franchise inspires these white basketball shoes. Looking like Buzz LIghtyear’s space suit, these LeBron sneakers feature a white-based upper with multi-color, hyper grape, and volt accents.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Equality Pack’

Releasing on MLK Day 2019, the Nike LeBron 16 ‘Equality Pack’ features two mismatched pairs dressed in black and white. Each pair boasts a translucent outsole with the word “Equality” done in black.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Four Horsemen’

The ‘Four Horsemen’ colorway is a nod to LeBron James’s business team. These black Nike basketball shoes feature a white tongue with a knight chess piece logo. Completing the theme is a checkered insole along with his team's initials.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Glow In The Dark’

This colorway of the LeBron 16 is inspired by an unreleased sample of the LeBron 3. These black basketball shoes boast a croc skin-like leather overlay and mint green highlights. A glow-in-the-dark outsole completes the theme.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Heritage’

The LeBron 16 ‘Heritage’ features a Lakers-inspired mix of soft purple and yellow. The light blue heel boasts all 16 of the Lakers NBA Championships.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘Hot Lava’

The Nike LeBron 16 ‘Hot Lava’ takes inspiration from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II. Two renditions are available. One comes in a combination of White/Hot Lava-Flat Silver while the other one is done in Black/Hot Lava-Flat Silver.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘I Promise’

This colorway represents the center position and is LeBron’s favorite. It is inspired by his children and the I Promise School he opened in Akron, Oh. The Nike LeBron 16 ‘I Promise’ features a black-based upper that sits on top of a multicolored outsole. On the heel, the message “We Are Family” finishes off the theme.

Nike LeBron 16 ‘King’

Part of the ‘1 thru 5’ collection, the ‘King’ colorway represents the small forward position. It is dressed in red and features a leopard print on the heel that is reminiscent of the Air Zoom Generation ad campaign. Metallic gold accents complete the silhouette.