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LBJ17 Performance Review

Let’s waste no time and begin our topic today. The protagonist of this review is the LeBron17 that is suitable for heavy players, weighing between 75kg and 120kg, including me, and heavy defenders and forwards. In answer to the question “Is it for daily walking or actual plays?”, I should say that the shoe is more than suitable for both, though it is not without disadvantages. Hence my presenting this comprehensive LeBron17 review to you.

The shoe is positioned as the top flagship signature model. When it was available, I was electrified at seeing the information of its setups and you should be too! And shortly after that, I tried my best to cop a pair as soon as possible. So after 4 months hooping and shooting both indoors and outdoors, what kind of impression did its performances leave on me? Well, my friend, if there’s a word for it, that is top-ranking! I’ll then talk about its performances from the fullest possible perspectives.


1 Vamp & Comfort


LeBron17 does not use the battleknit adopted by the previous two generations but the brand new knit composite. So what’s the difference between them? The biggest ascendancy of the latter lies in that the toe bump, which is quite a nerve-wracking issue in LeBron16, is no longer a hassle for wearers. Besides that, the Knit Composite upper is more malleable and wear much more comfortable while the Battleknit is far tougher ,which even causes blisters for some consumers.

Nevertheless, the result of this increase in comfort is a decrease in support, though I am not seriously affected by this. Also, because of the forefoot design, the vamp is not covered by the Phylon, leading to the possible separation of the vamp and the sole when you make such movements as sudden stop, which is similar to, but not as severe as, Alphadunk. In fact, if you happened to have experienced the Alphadunk before, you must know exactly what I’m talking about. Therefore, the vamp support of LeBron17 is a little insufficient.

Compared with its predecessor, the vamp comfort of LeBron17 has been improved, but this improvement is in exchange for the vamp support. So whether it is good or not, I’ll just leave it for you to decide.

2 Wrapping

While the vamp wrapping is not so good, the heel wrapping, on the contrary, is terrific and impressive. Well, I meant it and maybe only after you’ve played in it will you find that it’s no exaggeration. After all, words sometimes cannot be as impressive as personal experience.

Despite that, the heel wrapping, from my perspective, is a bit hard, quite firm and secure. At the same time, there is a built-in counter and a TPU on the outside, offering heel support and protection. So it’s safe to say that the heel wrapping is really excellent.

Albeit the prominence of the heel wrapping, there is still a minor problem, which, however, may not be so for you. So personally speaking, I found it very hard to get the shoelaces tightened and I even haven’t found out the root of problem. But don’t be vexed, buddy! You are still getting maximum comfort and mostly solid wrapping because the problem causes no harm for the wrapping performance.

3 Midsole

This midsole this time is pretty satisfying to me for one simple reason–I can make the most of it! To tell the truth, although I am a fan of James for 13 years, my first pair of LeBron shoes was the LeBron13 Elite, and then the LeBron14, 15 and 16, all of which, however, were so hard for me that I couldn’t feel their cushions.

LeBron17, nevertheless, is a different story. The separated Zoom Air in the forefoot and the rear part can be obviously felt as soon as you step on it. Besides, it also offers a great deal of feedback during startup, which, personally, is of great help for me. For those weighing around 75kg, the cushions of LeBron series can be put to good use, but it should be made particular of that this LeBron17 is not suitable for guards of small weight because of its high center of gravity.

As for the Max 270 Air cushion in the rear, it deforms obviously when it is pressed hard by hand.  In addition, the cushioning it offers me is similar to that of Air Force Max. Therefore, in a word, my impression of the midsole is that the forefoot cushion is quite bouncy while the rear one is rather stable and can therefore provides me with enough protection.

In spite of that, it is not without shortcoming–the exposed rear cushion risk exploding either by being hard trampled or accidentally punctured. So whether the excellent cushion outweighs te disadvantage, I’ll leave it up to you to use your discretion.

4 Outsole

Can it bite various floors aggressively? Is it sensitive to the dust or dirt on courts? And what about its durability?

In fact, according to some of my friends who happened to have LeBron17, I’ve heard no complaints with regard to its traction from them. Although I dare not say that the outsole can bite aggressively on all kinds of surfaces, it does so on the courts where I usually play, including the indoor wooden ones and the outdoor concrete and asphalt ones. Well, let me put it more frankly by saying that the traction of this one is deadly. Yes, you read that right!

I have to own that I don’t get any intimate knowledge of the outsole materials, but the traction is all-directional and the stops are instant with it. The outsole just bites the floors like a lion with its prey!

But with that follows the problem of dirt-sensitivity. On the indoor courts with dust, the outsole will become a bit “tamer” because it appeals to dust somewhat easily, which is likely to bring on slipping. And to retain the outsole’s aggressiveness, it is essential to get it cleaned now and then.

As for the durability, actually I didn’t know how long it would last. Initially I was surprised by the shoe’s other performances, say, the midsole cushion, but after 4-months’ play, I am all the more amazed by the outsole durability. It seems that the durability is just not what it should be for this price, which certainly defeats that of other models of the same price. So what about my LeBron17? Well, it is so far holding up very well!

5 Anti-rollover & Anti-torsion

The rollover resistance of these shoes is also relatively good. Although the center of gravity of them is still high, it is much lowered compared to that of the LeBron16. However, I think that should the outsole be extended outward to a greater extent, the shoe’s overall stability and security will be further improved.

When it comes to the anti-torsion, it is also good, if not excellent. But for actual plays, from my point of view, it is more than enough and can stand the test of time.

Now, aside from its performances, I’m gonna present to you a brief comparison between the LeBron17 and the AJ34.

On the face of it, the texture of LeBron17 is relatively poor, and the overall appearance is not as inviting as AJ34. So in this point, it is simply a matter of personal preference. When it comes to their performances, LeBron17 is more suitable for heavy players whereas AJ34 fit better the agile forwards as well as guards. The AJ34 is actually a new and innovative product, while the LeBron17 is more like an improved and upgraded one, which is designed to be more suitable for more people.


So is this LeBron17 worth it over the previous generations? And who is it suitable for? Well, I think at this point, the answers must be crystal clear.

In general, the performance of LeBron17 belongs to one of the top-ranking models. Although it is not as nice-looking as other shoes, it can still be saved by the various colorways. On top of that, compared with LeBron16, LeBron17 wears more comfortable either for daily walking or high-intensity plays.

I think this one is a near-perfect model for heavier and bigger players as well as agile forwards and guards, as is mentioned earlier. It has taken comfort, cushion and traction to another level, though there is still room for improvement. But after all, nothing in the world is perfect, and LeBron17 can already be said to be quite excellent. Anyway, however good others say of it, you don’t know whether it is your right one until you experience it. So I’ll stop here and leave it for you to decide whether it’s your thing.


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LEBRON 19 Performance Review

From the intense publicity at the beginning to the recent release, the LEBRON 19 have earned quite a lot of attention. With great expectation I bought this LEBRON 19 which is also the fifth LEBRON shoes I’ve ever had. Since you are concerned about the details of the shoes, let’s take a closer look at it.

With regard to a shoe’s appearance, “There is a thousand Hamlet in the eyes of a thousand readers.” From my perspective, I am very delighted to have found a pair of shoes that go well with my daily dressings.

A single shoe of size 42.5 weighs up to 548 grams whereas a pair of size 43 ZK8 weighs no more than 540g. Therefore, from its bulky appearance we can also get a glimpse that the shoes won’t be lightweight. However, I think it is understandable because lightweight shoes aren’t necessarily the best choice for a player like James.

The midsole is equipped with a Zoom in the forefoot as well as an Air Max in the rear part, which at the first glance is similar to Vapormax 2.0. However, it is a pity that the air cushion in the forefoot is not installed with any reinforcement so that the outer sole deforms easily.

As for the cushion in the heel, it also deforms easily even if it is pressed simply by hand. Compared to the LBJ18’s Max270 air cushion on the rear part, the cushion of LBJ19 is much softer. Therefore, I think the setup has gone over the top and is not so suitable for a wide range of people. In other words, only a few people may be able to harness it.

Although the cushion looks nice and compelling, it is doomed to be a failure because it can’t ensure excellent stability, either.

Different from both LBJ17 and LBJ18 whose vamps are large area of Knitposite woven ones,  LBJ19 is equipped with a meshlike translucent vamp, which is relatively thin but the rigidity of which is not strong enough to offer sufficient support. Both sides of the upper are filled with two air bags around the ankle, and there is a low-top design in the inner part that is similar to that of CJ1, which indirectly improves flexibility.

Above the shoe tongue, there is also a small air bag, further enhancing the shoe’s overall wrapping. The shoe’s wrapping performance is not that terrific though, it is still sufficient and helpful to a certain extent.

As of today, I’ve wore the shoes for 20 matches, but each time its grip performance turned out to be barely satisfactory. Taking a look at its outsole, it seems to be made of lots of little bricks and its grip should be as good as it looks. However, in the wood floor test, the LBJ19’s grip performance was very mediocre. Whenever I Whenever I make an emergency stop, there will be a certain degree of deformation in the sole. And when it is compared with other shoes, say, KT7 and AG2, its grip is all the more disappointing.

Anyway, I must admit that this  LBJ19 has been improved by leaps and bounds relative to its predecessors. As for whether the shoes can gain your favor completely depends on you. After all, everyone’s physical conditions are different.


To sum up, this LEBRON 19 does contain a lot of Nike’s efforts and can be a symbol of James. Although there is still room for improvement, the shoes are actually very nice. For heavier players like James, the LEBRON 19 is more than suitable and can be a very excellent companion. But for those who weigh less, the shoes might not be the best choice.

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Nike LeBron 19 Performance Review 

The performance review of LeBron 19 is finally here.

Personally, the appearance of LeBron 19 seems aggressive and bulky. Therefore, although the one I got here is size 45, it looks like it is size 46. Anyway, however LeBron 19 looks like, what really counts is its performance. In retrospect, my first experience with LeBron 19 was actually not bad. Although there are shortcomings, I still think its advantages outweigh the negative aspects.

When I first worn the shoes, the wrapping it offered me was exactly enough, neither too loose nor too tight. The shoes, in fact, wrapped my feet quite well and made me feel like I were wearing only a pair of socks. And inside the shoes, there is no extra room in the front part, which also accounts for its excellent wrapping. Therefore, for the shoes to provide you with the same terrific wrapping, one important factor at work is that you must pick up the right size.

In terms of the vamp, it is made of relatively soft materials and is therefore very friendly to our skin. As a matter of fact, both the material and texture of the vamp are the same as that of Adapt BB 2.0 which I am also very familiar with, but LeBron 19 is inferior to the latter in its hardness. However, this is also a mixed blessing. It is because of this that LeBron 19 can be suitable for a wide range of people.

When I looked closer at the shoes, I was delighted to find that there was a large TPU that extends from the outside of the forefoot to the inside of the arch, thus offering excellent support in the arch. In the heel of the outsole, there are also two cushions with the inner one installed with less foam. As for the cushion in the front part, it is, combined with Zoom and Max, larger than the midsole foam. With these setups, the wearer is set to have a very nice cushioning experience.

However, in spite of the advantages, LeBron 19 is not without shortcomings. Take its setup in the toe. In first round of my games, I found that it was not that flexible and excellent in startup, still less in making breakthroughs. In addition to that, its grip performance was quite poor. Even though there are many grains, you can still get disappointed at its grip even if you are running relatively rough grounds.

One disadvantage that should be made particular mention of is its comfortness. The shoe is a high-top one and its upper is made of TPU without any lining, which may even cut the skin of the wearer. Since I am living proof of this, I highly recommend that you’d better wear the shoes with relatively thick socks.

With these shortcomings, many people may frown at this LeBron 19, thinking that it is an entire failure. But it is not the case. There are seven pairs of shoelace holes with two of them attached to the fly wire. This design is sure to afford the wearer a fantastic support . And in the shoe tongues, there are also two cushions which not only enhance the shoes’ wrapping, but also make up for their comfortness. Over and above that, it is also prominent in cushioning (which is mentioned earlier), protection and stability owing to its large cushion and outsole.


To sum up, there do exist some shortcomings, but I think LeBron 19’s wrapping performance is second to none and its supporting, durability, cushioning, stability and protection can also put it at the top of the sneaker list. Therefore, from an objective point of view, LeBron 19 is not perfect. After all, you can’t have your cake and eat it, and ou must weigh the pros and cons by yourself.