Verdict from 8 experts and 66 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers are declaring that the Nike LeBron VII is super comfortable to wear.
  • These LeBron James basketball sneakers look amazing, several reviewers exclaim.
  • According to some owners, the quality of the retro Nike Air Max LeBron 7 is better than the original.
  • The LeBron 7's traction is a beast, most users declare. The tread is quite durable and doesn't pick up any dust.
  • Just like the Nike AlphaDunk, a tester claims that these LeBron sneakers have pretty good lockdown and support.
  • The full-length Air Max cushion feels great, a few players claim.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The thick Air Max cushion feels a little unstable, a tester says.
  • According to one reviewer, these retro LeBron James sneakers feel heavy and bulky.

Bottom line

The retro version of the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 performs just as well, if not, a little better than the original. Owners love the feel and comfort of the leather upper and full-length Max Air cushion. The shoe's Flywire technology also provides excellent lateral support and containment.

All in all, Nike did a great job with the Air Max LeBron VII Retro. However, if you are in the market for a high-performance basketball shoe, then the Nike Lebron 17 is a much better choice.

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Good to know

After a decade, Nike is bringing back one of the most loved LeBron James basketball shoes. The Nike LeBron VII was the first LeBron sneaker to feature Air Max cushioning and Flywire technology. 

To support James's powerful moves, the Nike LeBron 7 features a basketball-specific Air Max unit that has 80 percent more air than previous full-length Max bags. These LeBron sneakers also introduced the Flywire technology in James's signature line.

Nike designer Jason Petrie also slimmed down the LeBron VII's silhouette and added elements from Jordan basketball sneakers to achieve a look that dominated both the court and the streets.

Cushion. The Nike LeBron 7 features the first full-length Air unit that is specifically engineered for basketball. Containing 80 percent more air, the Max Air bag provides unbelievable comfort. A foam midsole offers plush cushioning underfoot.

Traction. The Nike Air Max LeBron VII makes use of a full rubber outsole with a herringbone traction pattern that allows you to change directions and make quick cuts with ease.

Closure. These basketball sneakers feature a mid-top silhouette built with Flywire technology for increased lockdown and support. The lace-up closure offers a customizable fit.

These retro basketball sneakers are constructed of a mix of leather and synthetics for increased durability and support. A padded collar provides a soft and comfortable feel.

During the design phase of the LeBron 7, James demanded that his signature sneaker should be the best available on and off the court. With a blend of '90s style and innovative technology, designer Jason Petrie shattered the King's expectations as the Nike Air Max LeBron VII became one of the best footwear options in 2009.

The Nike LeBron 7 features a leather mudguard and an intricate straw-mat weave that delivers a heritage look straight out of the box. Signature details include "LBJ," "TWENTY," and "THREE." A large embroidered Swoosh and a debossed LeBron James logo on the tongue complete the silhouette.

These retro LeBron sneakers are available in several color options. Nike is also set to launch PE colorways to the general public.

  • Black/Varsity Red/Varsity Maize 'Fairfax'
  • Chlorine Blue/Black 'All-Star'
  • Team Red/Black/Hot Red/Metallic Silver 'Christmas'
  • White/Glass Blue/Challenge Red/Black 'Red Carpet'
  • White/White/Metallic Gold 'China Moon'


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.