Ahhh, LeBron James, arguably one of the best basketball players of all time. Does the shoes perform just as well as the man himself?
Lets rewind back to his roots, many many years ago. These shoes are a tribute to when LeBron first started his career.
The best way to describe them are light, strong and supportive, just like LeBron James was and still is.
He is an aggressive player that can play the court to his own play style.
But do these shoes really help with that?
Keep reading my Nike LeBron Witness 3 review for the truth!
Nike LeBron Witness 3 Review
Product Name: Nike LeBron Witness 3
Designed for: Basketball
Expected lifespan: 1.5 – 2 years
Price: $79 – $150
Overall Rating: 4.8/5
Everything about this shoe screams LeBron James. It’s unique yet stylish and comfortable at the same time. It features a low-profile design for immense mobility on the court and the ventilation stops sweat buildup. The biggest downside is the narrow design, however, I have an alternative at the bottom of this article.
The Nike LeBron Witness 3 are a low-top design to help increase mobility on the court.
They are agile, lightweight and designed for swift and fast movements.
They are made for lots of running on the court, jumping, and moving around people efficiently.
Lightweight upper – The lightweight and breathable upper cuts down on weight while keeping it strong and durable. It’s tight enough for security but not too tight where it restricts movements
Wide knit pattern – This special feature conforms to your foot, adding flexibility and comfort
Cushioning – The midsole consists of a full-length Phylon cushioning unit for immense comfort and softening hard landings
Air-sole unit – The air-sole unit runs toe to heel which is what gives it that responsive cushioning. It compresses upon impact and then returns to its original shape
Signature details – It also features special markings on the tongue, midsole and outsole that connect to LeBrons story
Herringbone rubber outsole – The outsole consists of a herringbone pattern which is one of the best patterns for traction
Basically, everything put on the Nike LeBron Witness 3 are put there for a reason.
All markings and patterns are there to pay tribute to LeBron, and all have their special meanings.
One of my favorites is the distinct grooves in the outsole, it’s a landmark where LeBron use to live!
How does the quality compare to the price?
Surprisingly being about 100 bucks I would expect them to last less than a year.
This is some interesting findings, as most shoes in this price range don’t even last a year.
So when you take into consideration the affordable price tag, and the fact that most people who buy them claim they last at least 2 years, it’s a good sign.
People continue to say they are made with quality construction, the material is better than expected and they are incredibly stylish.
They are very high value for money and I have no doubts that if you get some they will last a long time for you too.
Do they fit true to size?
There are reports that they are too narrow which is going to be a problem for anyone with wide feet.
However, anyone with normal feet will fit them properly.
Plus they offer a secure lock down feature.
They have a traditional lacing system that pushes the inner plush walls close to your feet, adding immense security and comfort, especially in the ankle areas.
In some cases they might feel tight when first worn, but after a couple of days they will break in and be comfortable.
What are they used for?
As you already know, they are basketball shoes and perform marvelously in this field.
They’re inspired by LeBron James for crying out loud.
Nike wouldn’t release them if they didn’t even come close to the hype.
They are some of the better basketball shoes in this price range and I will gladly stand by that statement.
The special features and markings just add more uniqueness and makes it more enjoyable to wear.
However, there are also other things they can be used for.
Others use them for the gym, such as weightlifting and weight machines.
They have good stability and plush cushioning, which is what allows you to stay balanced when lifting heavy weights.
Someone else used them for hiking. Although I don’t recommend it for that, it looks like they had a great time doing so and experienced no discomfort or pain.
Even though these shoes can be used for a variety of different things, I highly recommend them for basketball and gym use only.
What are the negative reviews?
The good news is that the majority of people loved their purchase and everything it has to offer.
But there are also a small minority of people who like to nit-pick at little things.
The narrow design means those with wide feet are not going to fit it properly, even if you try to size up as the length will be too long.
Fortunately that’s the only thing I could find wrong with it.
For a shoe around 100 bucks, that is incredible to see.
And if I absolutely HAVE to mention another reason it was given low stars, it’s because someone received two right shoes.
And I’m only reaching here, just for the sake of finding everything bad about it.
Pros and Cons
- High value for money
- Durable herringbone pattern that easily grips the floor
- Snug fitting upper that’s very comfortable
- Breathable and lightweight
- Good for indoors and outdoors
- Plenty of ankle and collar padding
- Runs narrow
Do I recommend them?
Oh man, where do I even start?
For one, there are just so many things good about these shoes that the bad points are virtually non-existent.
You just need to look at the amount of pros and cons to see that there is nothing wrong with the performance.
They are made to be smooth, swift, and fast, and they do that without fail.
I searched literally everywhere to find any bad points and there is none.
Of course they run narrow but I have an alternative below.
At the end of the day, the Nike LeBron Witness 3 are far better quality than the price and everyone who buys them loves them.
They even receive compliments!
So yes, the LeBron Witness 3 Shoes are highly recommended.
Alternative for wide feet
I cannot finish this article without catering to everyone.
I have to find a shoe for those with wide feet as these are far too narrow.
The Adidas Dame 5 is another basketball shoe I recommend.
This shoe is also really comfortable, but run a little big which is good news for people with wide feet!
It’s exactly the same price too.
The only con is that they may lose grip on indoor floors, so they are better suited for outdoor usage, but definitely not a deal breaker in my opinion.
My final opinion
At the end of the day, Nike are one of the best shoe companies in the world.
They are experienced in partnering with athletes and they have designed this shoe flawlessly.
I love the uniqueness of the markings and patterns, and it really brings out LeBrons personality.
I like everything about it and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable and unique basketball shoe.
So that’s my final opinion on the Nike LeBron Witness 3.
Don’t forget to drop me a comment below and I’l get back to you as soon as I can.