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.