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Nike LeBron X (10) Performance Review

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Traction – The traction is the best we’ve had on a LeBron in quite a while. Court coverage is abundant and it’s featured throughout the entire outsole all the way to the edge. From a front to back standpoint you are pretty much covered no matter what… jump stops, jab steps and quick hard stops are solid without slipping or hesitation. Cutting and curling coverage could be a bit better but I’m almost positive that is due to the overall construction. With the cushion setup you aren’t going to receive the most flexible ride so you just have to deal with what you are given. I’m sure that Nike will continue to innovate & expand the new cushion tech to offer wearers more flex in the future so just sit back and wait to see what happens.


Cushion – Simply put, it’s insane. Straight beastly!

The heel feels just like a regular Air Max 360 unit but once you begin to run & jump you will see where the Zoom Air/ Air Max combo starts to fit into place. It’s almost propelling in the forefoot and is just incredible. There were some minor stability issues along the outrigger – more pillars in that location would have been useful – but overall it’s a great new setup that offers you the best of both worlds.


Material – The Fuse is thick yet flexible. Durability isn’t an issue – as we have come to expect. One positive to take away from their larger price tag – $180 for the regular & $290 for the Nike+ version – is that they will last you a while. Break-in time isn’t really required here so that is something most of us will come to appreciate. I remember when they first used Fuse on the LeBron line with the LeBron 8 P.S… this is nothing like that stiff and rigid Fuse, this time around Nike has made the plastic based material feel almost luxurious.


Fit – If you have the Hyperdunk 2012 – or have at least tried it on – then that is what you can expect with the LeBron X. They are true to size but pretty snug so if you don’t like to have the upper wrapped around your foot – I personally love it – then you may want to go up ½ size.

Lockdown is apparent once your foot is inside the shoe… and you won’t even have laced them up before you noticed. From heel to toe, you receive one of the best overall fits any sneaker can provide without chaffing or hotspots, much like the Hyperdunk 2012. The Dynamic Flywire works in tandem with your movements as each set of cables adapts to your game while in motion. Dynamic Flywire really does make the older Flywire seems outdated and it wasn’t introduced that long ago.


Ventilation – The ventilation is nice. Above average but nothing to write home about, however, it’s definitely better than the LeBron 9 & LeBron 9 Elite. With the way that most brands are making their hoop shoes – lighter, brighter and more ventilated – you sort of begin to ‘get accustomed’ to the whole air flow thing; so if it isn’t breathable you have something to complain about while if it is breathable then it’s not really a ‘special feature’ any longer.


Support – The support is available but not restrictive. You can’t really feel the TPU plate supporting your foot or arch but that is mostly due to the shoes lack of flexibility. It’s the shoes fit that really lends its support to the wearer and that is noticeable and welcomed. As stated above, the only thing I would have liked to have seen is more support columns within the Air unit itself along the outrigger. I think that would have helped the overall stability of the shoe thus offering you a slightly more supportive ride.


Overall – The LeBron X is the Air Jordan XI for this generation. If you don’t understand what I mean then allow me to explain a bit…

The AJXI had features we’ve seen before – Phylon midsole & full length Air cushion – but the Phylon was lighter in weight than the previous model – AJX – and offered a softer ride. Then you get to the tech upgrades. Carbon Fiber was introduced to a basketball shoe for the first time, something that is now expected. Patent leather was used for the first time, not just because it was shiny but also because patent leather is a bit more durable than regular leather – if you don’t believe me then play in the Jordan Melo M8 for a while… you’ll thank me later. Ballistic mesh – I’ve heard it called other names but this is what I’m sticking with – was used along the upper… it wrapped around your foot perfectly – just like this new Fuse they are using in the LeBron X – and reduced weight. Lastly, it was the most expensive model in the Air Jordan lineup at the time, retailing for $125.

The Air Jordan XI set the standard in 1995 for what we received throughout the rest of the 90’s and most of the early 2000’s as far as basketball performance footwear is concerned. Now we have the LeBron X… this is where Nike is dumping their latest and greatest tech. LeBron’s most recent signature is the most innovative and technical piece of sports equipment the footwear world has ever seen… they’ve just raised the bar and from now on we will see sneakers made that are trying to catch up… just as Nike had done back in 1995 with the Air Jordan XI.

Are they worth the extra money for the Nike+ version? I said this during the Hyperdunk 2012 review and I’ll say it again… not unless you are going to become a professional basketball player. The Nike+ system is not useful to the average ball player.

Are they worth the $180 price tag that will be on the non-Nike+ version? That’s up to you… Nike is a luxury brand. If you can afford luxury then go for it but if you can’t then you will get by just fine with a $50 pair sneakers found at the Nike outlet or some other discount store… trust me, I have firsthand experience with this and I got by just fine.



First Impression
Performance Teaser Pt. 1
Performance Teaser Pt. 2

  1. I have the Melo 8’s and LeBron 10 and I have to say….. You were right! great shoe, a little heavy but doesn’t matter, good flexibility, one of the support in the LeBron series, Cushion for me is 11/10 because it’s too perfect! Overall very great shoe and Thank You nightwing! Hope you do the review on the upcoming Kobe Dream Season IV and Nike Air Max Hyperposite! Will wait for the Christmas Colorways!

  2. Nightwing,
    I was reading a performance review from another sneaker website and it was talking about the amount of responsiveness of a shoes cushioning. While reading this review i became confused about what constitues as responsive. Soo…is plush, soft, and absorbent cushion not as responsive as say a more dense, firm type cushioning system? From what i read, I got the impression that a shoe has to almost sacrifice a certain amount of cushion to remain responsive. Thanks for your time!

    1. Going barefoot would be the most responsive so it’s dumb to focus on response rate in shoes. They will naturally slow down your response rate. The key is that they shouldn’t noticeably slow you down.

    2. Responsiveness seems to differ from person to person. I have two ways of thinking when it comes to responsiveness. The first is the minimalist feel, the more you can feel something to better and quicker you will respond to it. The other would be Newton’s Law – for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. So with the pressure applied to this Max Zoom unit the more energy return and force is given back to the wearer thus the propelling feeling it brings.

      1. This isn’t quite right – total energy return is identical in any form of cushion so long as it resumes its original shape. What you’re referring to is a cushion that restores its shape more quickly. A firm unit will absorb and return the same amount of energy as a softer one but in a shorter amount of time – therefore exerting more force.

        1. I disagree. A brick resumes its original shape… does that offer the same amount of cushion as an Air bag?

          A bounce house is a single shape or form that has air flowing consistently yet depending on the force you apply you will bounce higher or lower into the air.

          If every cushion system absorbed the same amount of energy no matter how dense it is then all of these company’s would be wasting their time and lying directly to your face even though science proves each cushion has different properties and capabilities.

        2. This is why I don’t necessarily agree with a stand alone score for “cushion”. What constitutes 10/10 cushioning for one player might be a 1/10 for another depending on needs, stature and playing style.

          Cushioning systems as I see them provide benefits in 3 areas, being court feel, impact protection and responsiveness. There are always trade-offs between the three and it’s really up to each consumer to understand what their needs/preferences are. Fortunately, NW goes into that level of detail in his reviews, but its not always apparent if only looking at the overall score.

  3. My favorite part of the video was your shooting display at the end. Also, two thumbs up for ending on the shot from behind the backboard. That’s my go to shot in HORSE.

    Great review overall. I’ll be sure to link to it on my site.

  4. I’m pretty much sure that the 180$ version will be the same performance as this less the Nike+ Sports pack. The shoe is almost perfect, so I will cope the 180$ version because I’m just a normal ball’er.

    Thank you nightwing for reviewing this shoes.

  5. not a top 10 contender?im looking at the upper right hand part of the screen right now and im still seeing the flywade 2 gold coin edition at the tenth spot hahaha

    1. Just to clear thing’s up, the Top 10 on the right side is for year 2012, I think Lebron X will be a contender on 2013 correct me if I’m Wrong 😛

  6. What category scores were affected on the instability issue on the outrigger? and the issue on the lack of flex grooves and support pillars on the forefoot? Support category?

    1. Support, but the flex isnt applied to the scores bc that is a personal preference for most. I was just letting ppl know that the flex wasnt all there and larger players may not be effected by it just like the LeBron 9.

  7. Nice review nightwing.
    2 things I hate about this shoe:
    1. Bulky look. Too gerenic for a top signature shoe, looks similar to hyperfuse.
    2. Jason Petrie designed these.
    Just a personal opinion. 🙂

  8. hey nightwing i have a concern about the over all ankle support of the shoe. Im the point guard for my highschool team and i have had alot of ankle issues in the past rolling my ankle spraining it and braking it out out its socket multiple times i do wear a brace now, but does this shoe have good over ankle support that can help me prevent these injuries.

  9. Yo nightwing, bought the Soldier 6’s for my kids after your strong review, they like them better than the kobes or hyperdunks they have previously worn but now Im worried about the lack of a carbon plate because you seem to infer it is a standard. Read somewhere else that the benefit of that feature is overhyped and midsoles of all good sneakers like hyperfuses and soldiers offer plenty of rigidity for arch support without a carbon or tpu plate. Please tell me that is so because I dont want my kids arches to possibly flatten. Looking forward to your reply and a cp3 vi review because Im going to either buy another pair of soldiers for their regular season or look at the pauls

    1. They will be just fine. The arch is molded and other shoes like the Hyperfuse did have a support bar you just couldnt see it. What I meant by carbon fiber was expected is just that most consumers expect to have carbon fiber in place at the midfoot, its normal now and not a luxury item.

      1. btw, advertisers and manufacturers should begin to take notice that you have a growing following and do influence some buying decisions. I started visiting your site because young ballers were discussing your opinions on many of their favorites. You are like their “consumer research” of bb shoes. Good stuff

  10. Love ur reviews NW big fan one thing is that u gave the Ventilation on these a 9.5/10 I use 2 have the fly wade 2 first one and u gave them a 8.5/10 why is that?

    1. wade 2 regulars had a mesh 3/4 bootie. restricts somehow the air flow but pretty much one of the most well ventilated shoes in the market. the x just have a mesh tongue but no bootie with does not restrict any air flow asied from the thin mesh windows for cover.

      1. They both have a partial inner sleeve. The tongue on the Wade 2 offers more ventilation than the LeBron X but the side panels and heel of the LeBron X are greater than the Wade 2. I have both shoes, I personally prefer the Wade 2 but I cant be biased when making a review.

          1. definitely the d rose3… the lebrons are too heavy and i just personally like the d rose3 more than the soldier 6 as a point guard shoe. plus the soldiers don’t have a lot of ankle support.

    1. lebrons is a lot better.
      m8 is a little bit of a stiffer shoe, bulkier as well not always best for driving. The lebrons got a better upper where little breaking in is needed- ideal shoe for driving cause it moves with your foot imo

  11. Absolutely can not wait to play in these. Loved the LBJ 9 Elite and the hyperdunk but really want these bad. Keep up all the hard work. Much respect and appreciate the effort of your reviews

  12. How do these rank higher then the hyper dunks they were both overall a 9.5 shouldnt it be a tie for first then ? btw that was an awsome review i liked how u changed it up im stll hoping for the john wall zig encores review to come out LOL

    1. There are no ties here. When a shoes have the same score then i go off my personal opinion as to which is placed ahead. I wanted to put the HD first bc i like playing in those more bc of my style of play but i felt the lebron was more innovative overall.

  13. yo man i got some baddd knees. Thinking between these zoom max vs lunar & microG . which do you think is easier on my knees? love your work man. D

  14. Great review. I love all your in-depth reviews 😀

    Do u think that the Air Jordan 2013 will be better than the Nike Lebron X?

  15. How do you compare these shoes to the lebron Elites and the Hyperdunk 2012? I know you just because the shoe is rated higher, doesnt necessarily mean you like the shoe more.

  16. Hey! I really have a hard time choosing between the Hyperdunk 2012 and the Lebron X. Can you give me a suggestion? I usually play outdoors. I also have an issue with my ankle and I’m afraid that I might sprain it. Thank you and I’m waiting for your reply.

  17. Another great review NW. I’m excited to try these out based on your review. I’m still struggling with the looks of the shoe. They are just so bulky looking and I haven’t liked many of the colorways that we’ve seen pics of to date. Hopefully I can get a pair on discount and the performance will help me forget the looks.

  18. hey nightwing i want to get one of these but since thet have the same score i do not know which one is better?.

    1. Your friend should be figuring out a way to earn some money in order to afford a decent pair of kicks instead of eyeing something that he/she cant afford. Nothing is free in life, everything must be earned.

  19. Where did you buy the LeBron X when it’s releasing on 9/29? I want new LeBron’s since I’m wearing the 8’s currently (Great shoes but it’s kind of loose fitting.) Any specifications for Colorways being released?

  20. Maybe there should be a stability category. These might score low on that scale. They could have used a wider base. That is intertwined with support…I guess.

    Ok I’m done

  21. Hey Nightwing, another great review, thanks!
    Just wondering, the weight listed here is 16.9 ounces , and I currently have the Kobe 7’s System Supreme which have been awesome this year but I’m definitely going to need a new shoe by Christmas because my traction is just dying. I’ve been considering either these Lebron X’s, and the Lebron 9 Elites preferably, my last choices would be the Zoom Soldier 6 or AJ 2012 if I both Lebron shoes turn out to be too bulky or inflexible and heavy to me, as I’ve become used to the Kobe’s which are only around 12-13 ounces, and the Lebron 9 Elites are 15.2 oz, whereas these are much higher at 16.9 ( Did you put the Nike + technology in that could’ve weighed it more?). From my opinion the cushioning on both the 9 Elites and the 10’s seem fantastic, just that the 9 had combo cushioning with Air Max in the heel, Cushlon(which i love on the Kobe 7’s) in the mid and Zoom in the forefoot, whereas these have just a full length Zoom Max unit which, from your video seem insanely bouncy. Which would you recommend to a quick guard? As i said, I’m worried about the weight and the amount of flexibility the Lebron shoes offer, its a pity I can’t try them out because my country has almost zero availability for the latest Nike’s, as Nike Elite shoes aren’t even available here and the Lebron 10 isn’t gonna be here until Nov/Christmas, where I’m going abroad for a vacation where I can get some new kicks.
    Sorry for the really long message, keep up the awesome reviews man, thanks!
    P.S Does the carbon fiber really make a difference in stability and lockdown, from your standpoint? It seems that its almost a norm with all the models here, with all the shanks made of either glass/carbon or just carbon as with the Elite series. Is it just an overhyped gimmick? Even with the Kevlar Flywire they put in the Elite’s.

  22. hey man great review. so my feet are really flat. they are terrible no arch at all. you said they fit the same as the hyperdunks 2012? i can barely get into those. im a normal 11. i got the soldier 6’s i got an 11. now im thinking if i need to get and 11.5 or 12 for these…see hyperdunk 2012 sz12 is too long for me…sz11 the length is right but the width no good. havent tried an 11.5 since we dont have 11.5 here in the philippines. i need your help thanks. regards

  23. Unfortunately I have a very flat foot and I am a size 11 on my hyperenforcer I have a size 11 and they are very stretched out from the medial side of the shoe becouse of my flat foot and it looks terrible. I went a full size up on my soldier 6 so then it wouldnt be stretched out and it worked a bit. I did this so people wont ask me whats wrong with your foot. I want to ask if you recomend me do this or if going a full size up affects the full performance of the shoe?

  24. Hi Nightwing2303, great review as always – I just had a quick question about fit. I haven’t tried the Hyperdunk 2012s but I found the Nike Lebron 9 PS Elites in size 9 to be slightly tight; even though there is enough space in the toe box, the inner sleeve makes it feel quite cramped and uncomfortable which is unusual as I have quite narrow feet. Do the lebron x’s feel similar? The hyperfuse looks a lot more flexible wheres on the 9s they were pretty molded and solid so I hope they are more comfortable.

  25. Thanks for the quick reply. I managed to order a pair and then tried on the Hyperdunk 2012 and if it’s the same I’m more than happy as the hyperdunks feel great. Fit in the Hyperdunk is perfect and way more comfortable than the lebron 9s. I tried on the USA colour way in the hyperdunks which also replaces the clear soles which avoids the dust problem. Might have to eventually get a pair of them.

  26. Hey great review! Just wondering if you noticed if the gold paint chipped off of the nike swoosh like they did in the lebron 9 elite. I found after my second time wearing the 9 elites they starting chipping right away. Hopefully nike found away to keep that gold on.

  27. Hey thanks for the reviews. I have a huge dilemma on which shoe to get. Should i get the Lebron X, Lebron Zoom Soldier 6, hyperdunk 2012, or hyperdunk 2011?
    I just play reguarly and if anything I’ll consider myself a small/power forward. What do you suggest?

  28. Your shooting form is awful. If you’re a small guard, you need to get more jump on your jump shot. You’re jumping about 2 inches off the ground when you shoot.

    1. There is much more involved than athletic ability when shooting as a smaller player. I was professionally trained to shoot and im very accurate. When youre small you dont have the strength to launch the ball as far thus using the energy from my legs to guide the ball to the rim is what was needed. Ive trained with brooms and so on for arch. Ive gone up against huge players without an issue. You need brains to play this game so please keep your negativity to yourself.

      1. By the way I love yor shooting stance iv tried that so many time but it does not work and my stance already is weird. By the way I’m a shooting guard and I need great ankle support and Cushing what shoes would you prefer.

  29. Tried on the Blue Diamond colorway today. The cushioning in these is amazing and fit is very good. Unfortunately the cushioning makes the midsole SUPER thick. I felt like I was walking on platform shoes and they did not feel stable. I really wanted to get a pair of the Xs, but I’m going to pass. I’ll pick up some IX Elites instead for less money and the styling on those is WAY better.

  30. WAY too heavy for a player like me. They should make a separate line of LBJ’s for NORMAL people (Who aren’t 6’9 260lbs). Ditch the 360 Max Air Unit and put some Phylon w/ Zoom Air Bags. Should make it a couple ounces lighter. A Adequate price change for the removal of the Max Air ‘Tech’, 210ish sounds about right. THEN I’d cop. Just my opinion tho…

    What do you think?

  31. To Nightwing2303

    The description I’m listing is for on court use of my shoes.

    I first started experiencing knee issues because the 2008 Hyperdunk I was wearing had no cushioning. The Fly Wade 1’s were next and had good cushioning but my foot started to hurt because they were very narrow. I then bought the Jordan 2012 Wolf Grey pack from advise from this sight and I bought them online without trying them on, and for me they were the worst out of all I listed because even with thick Elite socks, normal and double, these just tore up my toes with very deep cut and I could feel the harsh material of booties and the ankle support was akward.

    I then went to try on the Zoom Solider 6 and bought them because of your review. These shoes are true to size, light, have great cushioning & traction. My foot pain was coming from the pinky toe area which is now gone but they have a weird like curvature that you mention in your video by the toe that gives me bad blisters and I also get a kind of a weird off balance feel when I’m driving hard to the lane pushing in that certain toe direction. If not for the bad blistering, these would be my personal favorite shoes of all time, over the Huarache 2K4.

    My question is, are the Lebron 9 Elite the next step up, and could that fix my Solider 6 issue because they are so similar and they don’t have the curvature?

    I’ve been waiting for the 10’s but you say these are as narrow as the new Hyperdunks upper but how about lower? Because the side of my feet feels like it’s coming out of those and resting on the sides, kind of like the D Rose’s.

    What is the weight of the 10, can’t seem to find it?

  32. /\ If I could get a quick answer on that, it would be great because they are at outlets now. Also some colorways of the 10’s are coming out in a few days that I like but if they are narrow then I’m going to pass.

    I would send a private message but I can’t see that as an option.

  33. Will the traction hold up outdoors? I’m going to HK to possibly get these at a cheaper price point. League’s starting next month so hopefully you could reply to this. Thanks! Love your work btw. 😉

  34. great reviews! lol i still have no idea if i like this new look or not. but its funny; the shoes that you prefer i personally dont like the Fly Wade 2’s, but the shoes I really like, my Lebron 9’s, you weren’t a fan of at all…so i guess i’ll have to try this on myself to see 😛

  35. Would you recommend these or the adidas rose 2.5’s for a fast paced guard? Or would you suggest a different sneaker?

  36. Hey Nightwing2303, I am wanting to buy the Lebron X’s for my upcoming basketball season. I am a small forward/point gaurd, would these type of shoes be a good buy? I’m planning on getting customized ones to play in for my last two years of highschool. I would really appreciate it if you could reply as quickly as possible. Thank you, your review also helped a lot!

  37. Yo nightwing awsome review!!!!! Im having a hard time choosing between the lebron x and the hperdunk 2012. Im a outdoor player and i see that you chose solid rubber than the xdr outdoor rubber, does it work well In the hyperdunks?

  38. Yo nightwing great review. Im wondering between the lebron x and the hyperdunk 2012 for 13 year old fast paced outdoor player which is me. And does the solid rubber work as well as the xdr rubber on a outdoor court in the hyperdunks and the lebron x. Please reply quick

  39. Yo Nightwing2303, I have a little problem I bought my hyperdunk 2012 last August and I play with it 3 times a week. Even though it has the Lunarlon and Dynamic Flywire I’m not satisfied because it didn’t give me the support I need in a game. I plan to buy another shoe this December or March next year which do you prefer among these shoes for a Shooting Guard (SG) Rose 3, Lebron X, Adipower Howard 3, KD V, or Kobe VIII? I can’t do a crossovers well in hyperdunks so help me choose the right shoe and what I needed the most is the Support. Thank You and PLEASE REPLY

  40. Yo Nightwing2303, I have a little problem I bought my hyperdunk 2012 last August and I play with it 3 times a week. Even though it has the Lunarlon and Dynamic Flywire I’m not satisfied because it didn’t give me the support I need in a game. I plan to buy another shoe this December or March next year which do you prefer among these shoes for a Shooting Guard (SG) Rose 3, Lebron X, Adipower Howard 3, KD V, or Kobe VIII? I can’t do a crossovers well in hyperdunks so help me choose the right shoe and what I needed the most is the Support. Thank You and PLEASE REPLY SOON

    1. If you need a shoe for crossovers or you need a light weight but supportive shoe and can handle your foot anytime then you need the Rose 3. If you like a shoe that is light and fits your foot better with a comfortable insole inside then you need the soldier six if you want heavy not so supportive but helps you jump higher and it fits like hyperdunks then you need lebron X.

  41. another awesome review!
    for anybody who wore these, i have a fairly weak knee and air max seems
    to suit me well. Does the visible zoom air bag provide enough protection just like
    the air max or is it just usual zoom air that makes your knee tired after couple games?

  42. Hey Chris is it okay i call you chris? Hehe anyway my question is is the flywire durable like if laced your shoe tight it wont get broken lets say youve got them for almost 1 year 2 years will they still be good to play ? Cause im more of a baller who uses the same shoe over and over again but this is gonna be the first time to use a shoe whose flywire are the holes to lace the shoe

    Sorry if im kinda annoying in some parts of what i just said hehe im just wondering if its durable hehe

  43. I need some help!!! I cant decide whether to buy the lebron x or the hypurdunk 2012!! I play as a point guard and im pretty quick!!! I wanted to know which one would you recommend and far as not slipping, rolling of ankle, and long lasting??

  44. Hey Nightwing,
    I was at HOH today and wanted the pressure ones. They felt great but i was a little concerned about the clear sole on the gym flour. Do you think it would provide solid, good traction on a somewhat dusty flour? Great reviews bro they help a ton! Keep it up!

  45. I tried em on at my local footlocker, i was about to buy it and i remembered you saying the support around the outrigger. I really felt that lack of support and with it being a high off the ground (compared to a HD12) it made me wonder if it would cause a huge issue in terms of rolling your ankle. I know you wouldn’t know my style of play ( i play forward), but in your perspective or experience did you feel that this might happen seeing as your a guard and uses a full range of direction. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you for all your reviews, I’m a huge fan.

  46. Nightwing above all other persons who does performance review on diferent shoeson their websites everything you said from cushion fit on material ventilationsupport was true. Good job man, and have to commend nice shooting touch too.

  47. hi, first of all thx for the great reviews
    i’m 6’0″
    210 lb
    33 years old
    and i like to play balls

    i’ve a little bit big frame
    i played SF basically i’m a an outside shooter but sometimes i do drive hard to the bucket
    but i’m not a post player.
    i do jumper and fade away mostly

    my shoes rotation as for now is
    2010 air Jordan
    2011 hyperdunk

    i love the cushioning on the 2010 AJ more than the HD 2011
    but somehow i felt that when i wore the HD 2011 i felt i’m a little bit more athletic, jump higher and cut faster.
    anyway my HD 2011 started to breaks and my aj 2012 also loses its tractions

    now I’m looking for a new shoes

    after reading this page i’ve considered either lebron X or Zoom soldier 6

    i don’t like air maxes, especially air max 360
    i love ZOOM air
    so i wonder how this 360 ZOOM air feel in real life ?
    do they feel like zoom or air max ?
    and 1 thing that concerned me is that out trigger support that you said in the review
    will i rolled my ankle in theese ?
    if i cut hard to that sections ?

    cause what i loved from HD 2011 is that “large” out tigger and i swear it helps me couple of times from rolling my ankle.

    thx a lot

  48. im a powerfoward, and i play fast, people consider me fast for a power foward, and so i like to play fast, i can shoot, and rebound, and i really like a shoe that is very versatile. So right now, i’m using kd 4s as my main shoe for playing, because its light, has good lockdown, and allows me to have full range of motion when i’m speeding down the court. Whereas my lebron 9s, don’t allow the same amount of versatility. I was wondering if the lebron 10s would be right for me, lightweight, explosive, etc, just like the kd 4s. If not, is there another shoe you can reccomend for me?

  49. Hey nightwing great job with these reviews, I need your wisdom. I’m about to buy the Lebron 10, I love the air max 360 soles, are this the best air soles shoes I can buy? and where can I get the best price? I need to buy them online, but I’m trying to get the real thing, there are a lot of fakes in the market, in nike.com I can get them for $200 but thanks for the advise.


  50. Hey Nightwing, I love all your performance reviews! So how would compare these to the Melo M8’s cushion wise? Would you say Lebron X would be the better choice out of them?

  51. Hey Nightwing! thanks for your awesome reviews! btw, what shoe would you prefer for a heel striker like me? thanks!

  52. hi, great site BTW
    i’m just trying to give an inputs if you are ok with it.
    anyway i’m not as expert as you are but i love basketball shoes
    and i don’t buy them for the look.
    i bought them cause i want a good performance basketball shoes.

    anyway here’s my beginner reviews of lebron X
    before hand i’m sorry if the review is not good as i told you i’m not an expert on these and also
    i’m not that good in playing basketball either 🙂

    i’m 32 years old
    i’m 6’1″ 200 lbs. (i know I’m overweight 🙂 also i have a big frame)
    playing 3 – small forward (sometimes 2 or 4 as well)
    i’m an outside shooter
    my playing style is kind of VC but the now slow VC not those high flyer VC 😛
    o basically i try to get open for a three outside but sometimes i do crossover and drive inside and despite my big frame
    i’m finesse type of player that don’t use my strenght much. I will try to do reverse lay up than to do post up moves.
    so basically my game is outside and slashing, without too much of post game.
    but i post up a lot when i defend, rebounding and all.
    my jump is average if not below average as 6’0″ i can only touch the rims but i can’t dunk 🙁

    anyway i just bought the lebron X cause i’m curious of the cushioning in these.

    a little bit of my shoes history, i played since i was small, so i do have a lots of basketball shoes before.
    but some of my favourites are :
    Nike Shock VC III, Air Jordan VIII, Nike air Go LWP, Air ZOOM ’95.

    currentlly i ball twice a week with my team , we are not pro, we just play scrimmage and play casually.
    currently my shoes rotation are Hyperdunk 2011 and LeBron X

    now about the review.

    the X fit nicely it hugs the foot well i’ve no problem with it.
    compared to hyper dunk 2011, i prefer the fit and comfort of the lebron X.

    i’m 101% agree to what night wing said, this cushioning on the X is totally awesome.
    maybe because i’m a bit heavy that’s why it perform better for me, as i told you, i loved the Shox system on nike VC line but i know that most people don’t like them
    because they are to “light” for the shox to be effective, i think with my weight it does make the system works better.
    the LeBron X while it’s a little bt to “soft” to my liking, its give my kind of strange “spring” sensation especially in the forefoot.
    you can’t actually feel this when you standing up, but try to run and jump with the shoes and you will understand what i’m talking about.
    just for info, in the first 3 wearings, i have a pain on my feet palm when wearing leborn X , maybe i’m not used to full length air cushioning, but after that and also i did loosen the lace a little bit, now i feel comfortable with it.

    the weight in lebron X is actually not that bad, the only other lebron shoes that i had is the VI and that’s was very heavy.
    but still ompared to hyper dunk 2011 this lebron X feel heavy.
    i feel that i”m more sluggish on the court when wearing it.
    maybe because of the weight and also because the high cut and the ankle support in this lebron X is very stiff.

    like night wing said the stability and support is actually good or superb on this shoes but they can do better if they put more pillar on the lateral part of the shoes near the outrigger
    and actually they should make the outrigger a little bit bigger too.

    the traction is good, i don’t have any slippage so far but is still prefer that old school herringbone of the hyper dunk 2011 , i played in indoor wooden court .
    the floor is not perfectly clean but not too dirty either, with the hyper dunk 2011 the shoes made the sketching sound every time i cut, but the lebron doesn’t
    i love the sketching sound it gives me more confidence when i cut harder.
    but like i said this lebron X doesn’t produced the sound but the tractions it self is not bad.

    actually i always prefer ZOOM to air Max
    and i like a shoes that low to the ground,
    i really loved my Hyperdunk 2011 but due to my wiehgt and age,
    i’ve started to feel a pain in my knees after playing ball.
    i guess i need more supportive and cushioned shoes to minimise this.
    i have history of sprained MCL on both of my knees ,
    but since i switch from hyper dunk 2011 to this lebron X i feel less pain in my knees and back.

    well the shoes is not perfect though.
    i still proffered it to be lower to the ground and lighter but i guess nothing is perfect.
    i still don’t know why that i feel that i played more sluggish when i wore them.
    i felt that i can’t jump higher and can’t run faster with these.
    maybe its just the mind playing trick on my but that’s what i feel.

    i really recommend this shoes for people that have knee pain and back pain after playing ball.
    and also those who on the heavy side of the scale.

    overall i quite like these as my knees and back thank me after playing in them. 🙂

    pardon my for my bad english.

  53. I would just like to say these don’t really fit like the hyperdunk 2012. From what i’ve tried on, these run smaller

  54. Thanks for the review Nightwing. I exchanged a pair of the new Hyperdunks for the LBJ X Carbons the other day since the they were hurting my feet.

    I wore these at my gym for the first time last night, and I love the support and comfort while playing in this shoe. There was minimal break-in as you reviewed. I’m also still getting used to the higher ride from the full length Zoom air bed compared to playing in my LBJ9 PS Elites for the past 6-7 months. This shoe basically feels like a souped up LBJ 8 shoe so far in all categories. Really impressed that the LBJ shoe line continues to work well with my custom orthotics unlike the Hyperdunks.

  55. Thanks for the review. But I’m trying to decide which lebron shoe I should buy since this would be my first pair of lebrons. I was thinking about the lebron 9 elite series or these lebrons, but I’m not sure these would suit me since I’m 5’11/ weigh 150 and I play more of a point guard or shooting guard. My last shoe was the adizero rose 2.5. But I just need your opinion if these shoes would be right for me, and when the gold fades on the Nike swoosh can you tell a big difference or can you barely notice it when the shoe gets some ware on the elite series.
    Thanks for the time and keep doing your thing man!

    1. Through standard court play, yes they’ll peel over time as people step on your feet and incidental contact occurs. I can post a pic of mine after 6-7 months of play to give you an idea of what they’ll look like over time.

      1. Was writing about the PS Elites here btw, not the LBJ X olympic shoe. When I read gold swoosh, I immediately though PS Elite, my apologies for the confusion.

        1. I was talking about the elite series to, and a picture would help to get a idea about it.
          And I need to know if these shoes would be right for me.

          1. Hey Garret, I just got around to looking at this comment now. I got rid of my Elites not too long ago after moving to the X and picking up a pair of CP3.VI’s to back them up. You’ll notice gold chipping fairly quickly depending on how much people like to step on your feet or through incidental foot contact, if you don’t mind the chipping it’s a fantastic performance shoe. Upon the last month I was wearing these, I was getting tears in the upper right hand side of the fuse on both shoes, basically where my forefoot flexes the most. It didn’t jeopardize any performance, but just something to note. I’d also like to note that the traction was still fantastic after 7 months of playing 3-5 days a week for 2-4 hours. The cushioning was also beginning to break down as my knees and lower back started getting more sore after playing. Keep in mind that I did not rotate these with any other shoes for hoops during that time frame, so they experienced some high mileage on them but certainly lasted well.

            I still can’t decide whether or not I like the X or 9 Elite on the court more than one another to be honest. I love the support, and full air zoom ride going up and down the court with the X, but also miss the heel and forefoot air+ zoom combo cushion setup with cushlon in the 9 Elite. Most of all I miss the pro combat bootie in the 9 Elite, but the X is a pleasure to play in as well in terms of comfort and performance. I don’t think you can lose with either of these shoes. I’d say if you want better court feel, go with the 9 Elites, if you want more comfort, go with the X’s. I also sort of regret not giving the KDV a fair shake, so maybe that could be an option for you as well.

    1. Transulsent outsoles are not the best for outdoor use. They atract dust, making it harder to make cuts or quik responses without feeling like your going to lose your balance. If you willing to pay an some more for nike id, they have an xdr outsole, which is ussually meant for outdoor use. You could get the lebron X dunkman,which i believe already has an xdr outsole attached. Xdr is more durable, so it will last a bit longer than a regular outsole. Sorry for the long comment

  56. hi there, i just want to check with you wheter my sizing is correct or not
    i wear 11 on lebron X
    but i just noticed that my casual shoes nike air force 1 low, i wear 10

    so i need a second opinion here, thank you.

  57. Is this shoe better overall than the Melo M9 ? Because I’m a 2guard and I like a shoe with great support but not to heavy like Adi Power would be?

  58. just wondering how the rubber is on these. im wondering whether i should get them because i need them to last a long time, especially with traction, both on indoor and outdoor courts. keep up the great work!

  59. Hey NW I love your site and reviews! I was in need of a new pair of bball shoes and found your site – now I’m addicted! I used your reviews and opinions to help me find my perfect shoe, which I’m sure is what makes you happy at the end of the day. It really is important to do your homework when you’re considering spending a few hundred dollars on shoes!

    I ended up going with the Lebron X, and I must say they’re the most amazing shoes I’ve ever owned. I’m a bigger guy, so I decided the additional cushioning (which IS as amazing as you described) was worth the extra ounces and a little less flexibility in the shoe. I went up a half a size, so for all of you that really don’t like a super-snug fit like NW (I felt my normal size was too tight on my toes), I would buy a half a size larger than normal.

    Again – big thanks to you, NW, for all of your reviews and for helping me find the perfect kicks. Keep up the good work!

    *PS – you should review the APL Concept 1 or 2, I know they claim an improved vertical, but I’m just curious as to how the rest of the shoe compares to the big name brands.

  60. Nightwing I need serious help! I’m a 5 8″ freshman point guard and I need to choose between the Lebron 10, Kobe8, or the KD 5. I’m leaning towards the KD V because I can customize them for the same price as the Kobe 8’s but for a guard of my height which is better?

  61. Should I take the lace lock off my LeBron X+. You took off yours and I am just wondering if you think it affects the performance of the shoe?

  62. I just bought a pair of these LeBron X shoes and a pair of Soldier 6 shoes online, and IMO the Soldiers are a much better shoe. They’re super comfortable and have great ‘court-feel’, they’re very light, and have amazing traction. I played in them (indoor) the other night and couldn’t believe how big of a difference they made in my game compared to the Reebok ZigSlash shoes I’ve been using. I always thought I was slow laterally, turns out I just had zero traction.

    Anyway, the Lebron X just felt like a heavy, bulky platform shoe to me. I tried on a pair of Sketchers Shape-ups once, and that’s exactly what the Lebron X felt like. They’re very cushion-y, but they’re super high off the ground, it feels silly. I knew immediately I wanted to return them, so I never played in them, but I can imagine myself easily rolling an ankle. Anyway, that’s my take. I’m a 5’11” SF that does a lot of slashing and some posting up and likes to get out and run the fast break. The Soldier VI is my new basketball shoe, I love it.

  63. I’m wearing a 9.5us on the kobe 6’s and gonna order the LeBron X’s online, do they fit the same? Thanks

  64. Hi Nightwing, I´m a 5’8″ PG that likes to a lot of crossovers and to sprint a lot … and i really dont know what shoe should i buy , between Lebron X or the Kobe 8 .
    I had already experimented both but I dont know what should i buy .
    I wanted to know your opinion if you dont mind
    Thanks 🙂

  65. These feel good to me on the bottom, but the ankle support on the outside is super painful. The plastic above the swoosh digs into your ankle bone something fierce! I’ve worn two thick pairs of socks, added some tape all to no avail.. Very disappointing

  66. I just want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your reviews. This year I purchased the Kobe 8, DRose 3.0, Hyperdunk 2012 and Lebron X and all your reviews were spot on, I mean to the “T.” I look forward to continue reading in the future for all my bball kicks information!

  67. Hey nightwing I wanted t ask you if wearing the lebron 10s will you feel a burning sensation on the arch of your foot if you have narrow feet? I have worn lebrons for a while and I would feel pain wearing these on the arch.

  68. Hey nightwing I wanted t ask you if wearing the lebron 10s will you feel a burning sensation on the arch of your foot if you have narrow feet? I have worn lebrons for a while and I would feel pain wearing these on the arch. I want to ask you what shoes u would recommend for a point guard/small forward for narrow feet

  69. hey nightwing was wondering in terms or outdoor durability which traction would last longer the hyperdunk 2013 or lebron 10 low. Reason being is that i need new outdoor kicks and both these shoes are on sale.

  70. Hi, I bought 2 pairs of LebronX, one for my son the other my daughter. Both play travel ball n practice 3-4 times a week along with tournaments on the weekends. The mesh on the sides, the black and gold Nike swish is coming off, and one has a hole in the air. Is this normal???

  71. Hi,

    I had a size 13 Lebron 8 PS and they were too tight on my toes, but my other shoes like Kobe 8s and Crazyquicks size 13 fit normally. I am thinking of buying Lebron 10s because I found ones I like, but was wondering if I should still go up 1/2 size

  72. thanks men appreciate the review but one thing to ask does the traction pattern fades when playing with those a lot especially in the rough or outside courts? Cause that thing happens at my adidas ortholite shoe and i easily get anklebreaked

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