Nike LeBron 16 | Performance Overview & Initial Thoughts

The sixteenth iteration of the LeBron James signature line has officially debuted, tune in for official tech specifications and our initial thoughts.

The highly anticipated Nike LeBron 16 has formally debuted all over the web, along with the shoes performance specifications and release date. Although LeBron James’ sixteenth signature shoe has not debuted to the public as a general release just yet, we have some details on the King’s newest kicks he will be rocking on the court for the 2018-19 NBA season. We’re about to break down the shoes tech aspects real quick and give the net some more in-depth information on the release.

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What’s the Cushioning?

The LeBron 16 features nearly the same thing as its predecessor, full length Nike Max Zoom Air, or Air Max working with Nike Zoom to bring stability and impact protection to the shoes on the court.

Nike innovators and designers have stated this is more of a slightly refined bag from last year’s set-up, therefore it’s nearly the exact same. The most notable difference are the outriggers that support the cushion when doing lateral movements.

Although the cushioning looks super similar to the LeBron 15, it will still probably be stellar on court, just from an initial speculation. Impact protection must be phenomenal, and lets hope Nike has improved upon the lateral support with their newest introduced rubber outriggers. The full-length Max Zoom Air bag should offer more than adequate impact protection, as well as improved lateral containment. Well, lets hope at-least.



One main goal of the LeBron 16 was for it to be more low cut. The King himself has stated he wanted to feel more freely when moving in these, as well as being able to keep good structure in the upper for the King’s strong lateral movements.

The Nike LeBron 16 features Battleknit 2.0, a newer & improved version from its predecessor. Being very similar to the 15s, the 16 introduced more tensile strength, and more tightly woven threading for more support in the upper, while reducing the amount of layers in the material.

An Evolved Outsole

Ditching the LeBron 15’s tight grooves, the 16s bring a new and improved herring-bone inspired pattern, which we’d like to call ‘Wave Bone’. Adding LeBron’s classic dunk-man logo in the heel, the LeBron 16 should be stellar on the court in this solid rubber outsole.

The grooves look like they will be spread apart enough not to attract lots of dust and debris, as well as bring more lateral containment to the shoes with the multiple outriggers laterally.


Release Date

The LeBron 16 ‘Fresh Bred’ will be releasing on, along with select retailers on September 20th for $185.

These should be a pretty wide-spread release, not making it too difficult to grab them on release day. We hope you enjoyed our quick initial impressions and performance overview on the upcoming Nike LeBron 16.

Head over to The Sneaker Bulletin for more on the newest upcoming kicks.

h/t: Nike News.

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