LEBRON James’ latest signature shoes got tested in a unique way as selected members of the media, including one from SPIN.ph, were given an opportunity to take the LeBron 14 for a spin.
It was no ordinary test run as sports scribes were put into four training sessions that Nike Philippines called the 'Come Out of Nowhere' experience.
The training sessions were tough with Far Eastern University strength and conditioning coach Jonathan De Guzman and assistant coach Ryan Betia supervising the same drills they do for the Tamaraws.
Aside from giving writers a glimpse of how coaches do their thing in practices, we were given a chance to test the LeBron 14. The new shoe, Nike said, was made to conform with James’ style of play and reporters experienced first hand what James wants in his sneakers.
Here is the SPIN.ph verdict the latest basketball shoes fit for 'King James.'
Wearing the shoe for the first time was a challenge but it got easier with constant use. Once you put it on, however, the fit and the snug is just perfect.
Consider trying it on first before purchasing this shoe, especially if you usually buy shoes an inch bigger like me.
SUPPORT AND CUSHION
It may be difficult to wear but it does provide excellent support for the ankles, even if it has a shorter cut than the other models in the LeBron signature line.
Even without tying the shoelaces, the midfoot strap of the LeBron 14 was enough to provide support to the feet.
The LeBron 14 supports the ankle very well but it still has the feel of a soft shoe when used during the drills. Part of it is because of the three hexagon pods and the Zoom in the heel that the LeBron 14 has.
With Flywire tech on the upper, the shoe is relatively light and it doesn’t restrict your foot movement even for a high-cut pair.
During the entire training, the LeBron 14's traction held up well with the different surfaces at the Gold’s Gym Sheridan, a clean wooden court one day and a dusty synthetic court on the next.
Traction was great during drills. One drill that we did was to score a coast-to-coast lay-up while dribbling for a certain number of times just like how James does it. The shoe's grip allowed us LeBron-wannabes to worry more about our dribbling and making the basket rather than slipping and sliding on the court.
From the looks of it, Nike did create a shoe fit for a King. The LeBron 14 does create the protection on the feet James needs at this stage of his NBA career, without hindering the Cavaliers superstar's ability to excel at multiple positions.
That being said, the LeBron 14 is perfect for a big man, but the shoe is versatile enough to be used by ballers who play the guard position.
If you are a serious baller, the ‘ball-is-life’ type of guy, and wants optimum performance on their shoe, you might want to consider the LeBron 14.
The LeBron 14 is priced at P8,895 and available at Nike and Titan stores.