Nike LeBron 17 Review: One of the Most FUN Shoes to Play In?

LeBron’s latest and greatest iteration of the ultra-premium basketball shoe line is here! Presenting my Nike LeBron 17 review – comfort, performance, overall build quality, and value for the price will all be broken down.

I’ll also be summarizing the review and recommending it for the players that will find these working the best for them.

It’s not a cheap shoe, so let’s find out if it’s worth it…

SPEC SHEET

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Side 1

MODEL: NIKE LEBRON 17
BUILD: MID-TOP
WEIGHT: 12.66 OZ. / 358 G. (SIZE 10)
RETAIL PRICE: $200
CUSHION:  HEEL ZOOM AIR, FOREFOOT MAX AIR, PHYLON MIDSOLE
BEST OFFER ON: AMAZON | FINISH LINE

 

I. COMFORT & FIT

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Top

Right away after putting the LeBron 17’s on my wide ass feet, I’ve found them to be extremely comfortable. You can go true to size with these, no matter your foot shape, in my opinion.

Since the shoe’s materials consist of extremely soft knit along with some minor reinforcements, plus the padding inside and some really premium insoles (which is kind of rare these days, but hey, it’s a $200 shoe), I’ve truly found these to be as comfortable of an experience as it can get, purely from a fit/comfort perspective.

Optimal fit pretty much from day one, foot mobility is not an issue thanks to the large form factor and materials, and you’re also very well-ventilated at all times.

The LeBron’s are always these pretty large form factor, relatively wide-based, and can be worn by just about any kind of foot shape/preference. These ones are no exception.

Now, whether you like more compact models that feel, and are lighter, or larger, heavier models that emphasize comfort and a pleasant experience overall, that’s up to you.

But I’d say Nike definitely did a solid job in blurring this line as much as possible, while still making a tank of a shoe for a tank called LeBron James, so I encourage you to try these even if you’re used to lighter, more agile shoes.

II. TRACTION

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Zoom

After reading some other reviews, I was a bit worried about what was going to happen in terms of the shoe’s traction.

Now despite the fact that I can’t say it was totally perfect for me, it was still better than I expected, based on what I researched before getting these, just to get a feel for some opinions from the side.

I’ve played with the LeBron 17’s inside on a wood court and outside on a synthetic rubber surface. Inside, the shoe performed nicely, I didn’t slip and didn’t experience any major issues that would take me away from the actual game.

I do have to mention that the shoe’s grip with the court does feel a bit more sticky than straight up grippy, which has to do with the pretty soft rubber compound of the outsole.

That’s not always a bad thing, but I’ve surely experienced better traction on some other shoes with a different traction pattern implementation. Perhaps weight distribution plays a bigger role here and a heavier player would find these to bite the court better than I did?

Also, the weird separation between two forefoot Zoom air units that you’re sitting on makes it kind of unnatural for the foot to stick to the floor at times, so you lose traction.

Once again, that might be true, or it might not. Let me know in the comments below what do you think might be the case here!

Outdoors though, while it still performed pretty much the same as inside, the rubber is pretty damn shallow and the grooves are keen to bring in lots of dust inside the pattern, so durability outside won’t be really good.

I can already feel the traction performance outdoors getting slowly less aggressive each time I play outside, so it’s best to stick with these inside.

III. CUSHION

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Midsole

A 200 dollar shoe better have some amazing cushioning for us, right? I strongly agree, and luckily, it’s exactly what we are getting here with the 17th LeBron.

We got two Zoom Air units in the forefoot area, Max Air in the heel area and there’s also a soft Phylon midsole throughout.

I LOVED this setup. It might not always be for the reason I usually love a cushion setup, but man were these fun to play in.

Yeah, these are going to be for those who want to go all out for pure cushion, bounciness, and impact protection. If you’re looking for some court feel, you’re looking to maximize movement mobility and speed, you’re going to want to skip these.

Your foot sits pretty high inside the shoe, so forget about actual court feel or using these if you’re a low profile guard.

Since I’m personally a very explosive player, I always love to have some fun with something like this. You feel you’re on clouds every time you jump and even land, and I could barely name three shoes that offer more impact protection than the LeBron 17 off the top of my head at the moment.

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side or perhaps something a bit more versatile, the cushion setups the Dame 5 and KD 12 offer are pretty damn great for that.

IV. SUPPORT

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Back

Comparing to the more classic LeBron’s shoe releases, these ones feel more modern and a bit less tank-like, as we were used to seeing.

It’s technologically extremely difficult to make a shoe with such a present cushion setup but make it equally as supportive.

While the shoe isn’t the most supportive shoe in the world, me and me my playstyle didn’t feel compromised at all, which is awesome, ’cause I can feel secure and also have fun with that crazy setup.

Forefoot and heel outriggers are implemented for lateral protection, the shoe’s base is pretty wide, there’s an internal heel counter and the shoe’s fit is pretty contained, so the total support package is definitely good.

Regular footers or narrow footers might find these to be a bit roomier than a KD shoe or a Curry shoe, so lacing them up to

your liking to get the most support benefits might be needed.

Overall though, I don’t think most people will find any issues in terms of the shoe’s security and support. Pair that with the shoe’s comfort and the fun factor, and you got yourself a cool little package.

V. BUILD & MATERIALS

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Midsole

The shoe’s supper is basically a soft knit reinforced with synthetic Fuse in key areas for additional support and longevity, as the knit just by itself would likely break down pretty quickly.

Nike calls this setup Knitposite – take it as you like, but one thing I can say is that it’s really premium, and truly does feel like a $200 shoe (which is absolutely not always the case).

Breathability will be maximized thanks to the open-knit construction, you will have virtually zero break-in time, again thanks to knit.

The important thing is this knit is smartly enforced with some synthetics on certain areas which makes the shoe well-contained, and by the looks of it, it won’t break down on you quickly.

I don’t recommend taking these outdoors though. Mainly due to the shallow traction pattern rubber, but I also think not a lot of you are going to risk breaking a $200 shoe quickly in a park.

VI. OVERALL

The Nike LeBron 17 is a mix of extreme comfort, fun, and premium. It’s a shoe that not all players or player builds will like, since it’s obviously catered towards someone who’s heavier, needs loads of impact absorption, and does not need to squeeze out all the mobility he/she can get.

I feel like if the shoe’s traction would be consistent for all people who try it, and the cushion setup would be implemented with more versatility in mind, this would be a fantastic package for just about anyone.

However, this is still a great shoe in my opinion. If you can get yourself spare $200, you need maximum cushioning while not losing security, and you also appreciate a very comfortable & premium experience, then you will surely get what you pay for.

Grab the LeBron 17 on:
Amazon | Finish Line

Why buy on Amazon or Finish Line? Click to find out!

WHY AMAZON?

I’ve been ordering a solid 70%-80% of my hoop shoes from Amazon and can confidently say it’s almost always the most trustworthy and convenient option to buy your shoes.

Why Amazon?

Yes, it’s great to find the shoe you’re looking for on an original retailer such as Nike or Adidas but the reality is a bit different – a lot of times, especially for shoes older than 1-2 years, it’s a very small chance you’ll find the shoe or better yet find it in your size & color.

You’ll mostly find the latest releases directly from the brand’s store but the period is usually pretty short until they’re out of stock.

This is where Amazon comes in.

Amazon is not strictly one retailer giving you the products, it’s a whole chain of thousands of different sellers, all supplying different products, including basketball shoes. You will mostly find more color and size options on Amazon for your desired shoe than on an original retailer or even a general sporting goods store.

Sure, there will be exceptions where Amazon won’t have a particular shoe but that’s on the rare side.

And the best part is the pricing – you can find older shoes and at times new shoes priced under retail, sometimes at crazy low prices, which is something you’ll never see on Nike.com, adidas.com, and other retailers (except during discounts/sales of course).

To sum things up and give you a generalized idea of why Amazon beats other stores more often than not, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the most notable advantages the massive store chain has over its competitors.

  • Usually, higher stock, size & color/edition availability compared to other stores
  • Blazing fast shipping times (sometimes delivered the SAME DAY if you’re close to the seller’s stock)
  • A good chance to find shoes priced under retail
  • Extremely convenient return/refund policies

WHY FINISH LINE?

Finish Line is my usual #3 option to get my basketball shoes from if Amazon currently doesn’t have it and the brand’s retail store (Nike.com, adidas.com, etc.) might be out of stock or doesn’t have my size.

I find them, along with a handful of other sports stores, to bring in new major and also lesser-known releases just as quickly as the main brand retailers, most of the time.

Very similar advantages to manufacturer’s stores here: very quick shipping times (and it’s free), convenient return & refund policies and you’ll never find any shoe priced over retail.

For some reason, Finish Line seems to be good at keeping a healthy stock of products, as there’s always a wide variety of sizing for most mainstream models. Something you can’t say about Nikey, Adidas, AJ, or Under Armour stores.

Of course, there will be exceptions and rare shoes that are hard to find globally won’t magically be available in large quantities here either.

Buying from the store will only be applicable for U.S. residents, so not an option for international users (unless you’re using a third-party service to ship internationally from US stores as I do).

Overall, I consider Finish Line to be the top pick out of the US’s popular sports retailers. Or perhaps I’m a little biased but regardless, I think I’ll be sticking to it for quite some time.

    • All shoes priced at retail
    • Good stock most of the time
    • Fast & free shipping for the U.S
    • Convenient refund & return policies
    • You can find quite detailed and relevant reviews left by buyers

Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!

THE VERDICT

Nike LeBron 17 Review: Overview

COMFORT RATING: 9.5
PERFORMANCE RATING: 7.5
VALUE FOR THE PRICE RATING: 7
SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS: NO
RECOMMENDED FOR: HEAVIER PLAYERS | FORWARDS/CENTERS
OVERALL RATING: 8

Alright, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it informative! Be sure to always let me know if you feel like I’ve missed something, and I will make sure to add it at all times.

Check out my list of the best basketball socks you can get right now if you’re shopping for some gear!

If you’re looking for shoes that will be a bit cheaper and more versatile, I highly encourage you to check out my reviews of the Dame 5, the KD 12, and the Kyrie 5.

If you have any questions still or would like to add something based on your own experience,

Leave a comment down below and I will get back to you as quickly as I can!

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