The Nike LeBron 11 is one of the best shoes of the year. In my opinion, it is one of the most well rounded shoes I have ever tried. But, like all shoes there are issues, so it’s not the perfect basketball shoe…It’s just really close.
Traction: Eh… Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Traction somewhat lacks due to the harder rubber and lack of flexibility in the shoe. One time, I mad a hard crossover from right to left, and the shoe just slipped out and made me land almost on my face. (I was going to beat my guy too…) Traction was one of two “bad” attributes, but it really wasn’t that bad once I adjusted.
Cushion: Lunarlon AND Full-Length Zoom?! This is the best cushion setup I have ever used. Cushion just can’t get any better. (Prove me wrong, Nike.) The combination of Lunarlon and Zoom was simply amazing. It feels like a pillow on top of a cloud, just crazy comfortable. If you haven’t laced these up yet, you’re in for a treat.
Materials: Durable fuse with a Foamposite overlay are awesome materials to use. They start out stiff, like the rest of the shoe, but once they break in and mold to your foot, the materials are awesome. Only downside is the materials restrict air flow…
Fit: Snug and form-fitting, the shoe wraps and contains the foot perfectly. This is one of the only shoes that I felt like I wasn’t slipping, even slightly, off the footbed upon lateral cuts. (The other is the adidas DRose 4). My only complaint is that I seem to have a problem with some midsole inserts. Just like with the Jordan 2011, the back lip of the insert chafed my heel just a bit. It didn’t cause a blister, it was just slightly uncomfortable.
Ventilation: The shoe’s weakness. It is understandable that the ventilation would suffer due to the foamposite overlays, so I cannot knock the shoe that bad. However, it was bad enough that my socks were completely soaked and bunching in the toebox.
Support: Probably the most supportive shoe outside of Ektio brand shoes.The layers of material are enough to provide adequate support, and the Dynamic FlyWire just ensures you won’t have any problems. It’s almost overkill, but I’m not complaining. There’s also a TPU shank plate, and we already know what that does. The shoe was built for LeBron James, and even though he didn’t like it, it wasn’t because it lacked support…or maybe it did…for his toes.
Overall: Like I said, the Nike Lebron 11 is one of my favorite shoes of the year. If I had to pick a reason, it would be the awesome cushion. Everything about this shoe screams performance. It is one of the most well-rounded shoes ever, in my opinion. I wish the traction was better, but you can’ have everything, right? Can the Nike Lebron 12 top this? It’s going to be a close race.