The Nike LeBron 16 Deconstructed

The Nike LeBron 16 has been on the market for a few months now, but that didn’t FastPass from blessing us with a deconstruction, evaluating one of the top performers in LeBron’s signature line.


With a chop down the middle, we start with a side profile of the LeBron 16 — as we typically like to do. In other shoes you can get an idea of cushion placement an even different foam densities, but in the LeBron 16 you already know what it is — straight up Max Zoom Air, and it is substantial as expected.

In addition, the tongue and achilles padding is a little more apparent, along with heel counter implementation, torsional support and the traction’s thickness.

Taking a closer look at the upper construct, it is telling how Battleknit 2.0 seemed to be a success. While there is still some glue between layers, the strength seems to come from three layers — two from nylon to maintain comfort inside the shoe.

The shank has been modified a bit from the LeBron 15. While it does cover about the same surface area, it has been reshaped in a way to enhance transition, even if slightly so.

On the flip side, man — that is a beautiful combination of Max and Zoom. Yes, it is pretty much the same as the LeBron 15, but something about this view makes me appreciate the articulated design. I really don’t mean to sound nerdy, believe me I can’t take that kind of credit in the knowledge department — it’s just something that stood out to me.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this FastPass breakdown of the Nike LeBron 16. Enjoy the rest of the images below and feel free to drop a comment below. After that, check out how the design translates on court by checking out Duke4005’s written performance review on the Nike LeBron 16.

Source: FastPass

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