Who should buy the Nike LeBron Soldier XI

The Nike LeBron Soldier XI is a budget-friendly model from LeBron James’s signature line. That’s a plus, but this pair is also a reasonable option for you if:

  • You’re big on Nike’s Zoom and Phylon shoe construction technologies.
  • You want a shoe that’s going to last a season-long on the court.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI logo

Nike’s Zoom technology and Phylon impact

The responsiveness of the LeBron Soldier XI comes from the Zoom technology and Phylon in the midsole. The Zoom units are located in the forefoot and heel area. They absorb impact and help shield the knees and muscles from stress and fatigue.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI midsole

The midsole is composed of full-length Phylon. It is a type of lightweight and responsive EVA foam that provides flexibility to the shoe.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI zoom

Outsole excellence of LeBron Soldier XI

The LeBron Soldier XI has an icy and translucent rubber outsole that features a triangular traction pattern. There are reports that translucent outsoles cause court slippage, but the rubber on the LeBron Soldier XI proves them wrong.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI outsole top

The durable outsole performs well on a wide variety of courts. The triangular traction just has an excellent grip on almost any surface.

Comfy, efficient lockdown

To keep the foot in place, the Nike LeBron Soldier XI has four straps that can be adjusted to achieve the desired snugness. The Achilles foam inside the shoe provides more support and comfort to the ankle.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI lockdown

Soldier XI’s stable upper

The upper material of the LeBron Soldier XI may change with the colorway. There are colorways whose uppers are made of ballistic nylon mesh, which provides breathability and comfort to the foot. The toe box of the shoe is spacious enough to allow the toes to flex.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI material

After the shoe is broken in, the material in the upper area becomes softer and more comfortable. It also conforms better to the foot. The external heel counter is made of rubber which provides stability to the foot.

Convenient, sturdy Nike style

The mid-top Nike LeBron Soldier XI has a one-bootie construction. There are dainty and sturdy pull tabs on the tongue and heel counter. They provide convenience in getting in and out of the shoe.

Nike LeBron Soldier XI construction

To showcase the technology used in the midsole, a NIKE ZOOM callout is found on the heel counter. The respected Swoosh is found on the outsole and both sides of the shoe.

Stylistically LeBron

To signify that the shoe model is part of LeBron’s signature series, his logo is found on the tongue, insole, outsole, and heel counter.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 369g
Top: High
Signature: LeBron James
Lockdown: Strap, Slip-On
Collection: Nike Lebron, Nike Lebron Soldier
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Blue / Black / White / Grey / Brown / Red / Purple / Yellow

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.