The Kyrie line always brings up mixed feelings – some love them due to their usual low-profile design, perfectly locked-down fit, and literally unbeatable traction. While some – don’t appreciate their lack of impact absorption and lack of versatility.
Today, I’m bringing you my Nike Kyrie 5 review where we’ll find out if it’s more of the same formula or we finally get to experience something different.
Pretty much any kind of player/position out there – you’ll want to take a close look at this.
I’ll be discussing my personal experience of the shoe from performance, comfort, value for the money, and general impression standpoints.
We’ll also find out if it’s worth a step-up from the last Kyrie for people who invested in the 4th.
Now, let’s break the Kyrie 5 down…
Model: Nike Kyrie 5
Weight: 14.8 oz / 420 g. (Size 10)
Retail Price: $130
Cushion: Phylon midsole & Zoom Air Turbo
Best Offer on: Amazon
I. COMFORT & FIT
Kyrie’s line is typical for its ultra-secure fit, very prominent support, and an overall secure feel – something an explosive, flashy guard such as Kyrie obviously needs to supplement his game.
If you’re somewhat similar and like the feeling of extreme security – this one’s a check. For me personally – I have a wide foot and went true to size. The shoe felt a bit too tight and snug for me, even after a few weeks after breaking it in.
Wouldn’t nag the shoe for that though – my feet are ridiculously wide and I’ve probably should’ve listened to other shoe testers for their advice on going up half a size.
Regardless of my tightness issues – I can see why the shoe is praised so much for its overall fit. Lockdown and support aren’t going to be issues, no matter how hard you play. The upper isn’t extremely well ventilated but I am sure I wouldn’t have had any comfort complaints if I would’ve gone up half my regular size.
Expect the sneaker to feel on the snug side, it’ll be a very secure, supportive, and quality experience playing.
Again – what ain’t broke – don’t fix it. Though this time, it seems like Nike wanted to go with something the Kyrie line isn’t known for. And that is taking away the classic herringbone traction pattern on the outsole.
Herringbone, especially herringbone implemented so well breaks other shoe competitor’s hearts. While the Kyrie 5’s more modern, the modified multi-directional pattern didn’t look like herringbone, it damn well performed as one.
It was great. Both indoors and outdoors. I’ve been playing a lot outdoors these past couple of summers & springs – I don’t see the Kyrie 5’s breaking down anytime soon.
I am not a big “wipe my outsole every 24 seconds” kind of guy and these didn’t require that at all.
In a nutshell, this shapes to be one of the best outdoor and indoor shoe from a traction standpoint. Bravo.
It looks to me as Nikey attempted to do something different once again, separating themselves from the standard Kyrie formula. 2018 released Zoom Air Turbo unit was used at the Kyrie 5’s heel area, along with a standard Phylon midsole to complement the foot’s overall impact absorption.
And you know how it felt this time? The same thing pretty much.
I did try to give them a lot of chances and bring out that Zoom Air Turbo unit to life. If it would’ve been brought out of someone – it would’ve been me. I’m a very explosive player and I do abuse quick, aggressive movements, play over the rim when I can. These didn’t help me do that too much.
Once again, not knocking on the shoe – this one will work best for lighter, below the rim players. Quick movements will be very well supplemented. However, for beastly jumps, dunks and large-step drives to the basket would probably need a more springy shoe for the job.
Worst case scenario, getting yourself a quality performance insole would correct the impact absorption a bit if you’re really experiencing a prominent lack of cushion under your foot.
My feet or knees didn’t hurt or anything after a bunch of games, but I would’ve liked more impact protection. Take it with a grain of salt – everyone’s different, so you gotta know how you play and what you’re looking for first.
No surprises here – brilliant support, fantastic lockdown, no matter what size you go with. We have all the essentials implemented: a TPU heel counter, a flat heel construction for a more stable ride, plus the Flytrap strap to secure the forefoot additionally.
I had zero complaints in terms of stability and support (minus the too tight fit, due to not going up half a size). This is how a quick guard’s shoe should protect your feet.
V. BUILD & MATERIALS
The upper is relatively simple – regular mesh infused with Nylon for extra durability and strength. No complaints though – you can’t call this a stand-out upper but it surely gets the job done.
I love the Kyrie line for their continuous durable shoe releases, and the 5th iteration is more of the same. I feel like this is a very great outdoor pick as well, as engineered mesh won’t break down quickly on you.
I guess if I had to point out some drawbacks for this particular build – it will take a bit of time to break the materials in for an optimal fit, especially if you got a wide or a high-arch foot.
Breathability is also not ideal but, honestly, I really don’t care. I care that the shoe is comfortable and plays well. That’s it. Just wanted to let the people know that do take these details into account.
I’ve expected something a bit different from the fifth Kyrie model. And here we are.
Despite the lack of actually noticeable change in the Kyrie formula – you can’t bash the shoe for continuing something that works. Is it very versatile? No. Are the build and materials used improved and feel premium? No.
Despite all of that, it’s still a very good performing shoe that feels comfortable, secure, and ensures all the qualities of a quick, agile guard are properly supplemented by the shoe.
If you’re a below the rim guard who’s quick and can’t afford any restrictions & any kind of loss in speed, this is a very good choice. If you’re looking for a solid outdoor option that will work for you without worrying about durability – this is also an excellent pick.
Why Amazon? Click to find out!
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.
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
Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!
Comfort Rating: 7
Performance Rating: 8
Value for the Price Rating: 7.5
Suitable for Outdoors: Yes
Recommended for: Quick Guards | Lighter Players
Overall Rating: 8
Since the latest Kyrie 6 is out, I encourage you to check it out here as it improved over some of the aspects from this one!
Still not convinced on the shoe? Perhaps you’re still wondering how to pick the right shoe? Have a look at my basketball shoe buyer’s guide!
Alright, people! I hope you enjoyed the review and found it useful! I want to know your thoughts on it.
Will you be getting it?
Perhaps you got it and want to share your take on it?