Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Your Ultimate Guard’s Shoe Improved!

After another typical Kyrie release that was the 5th model catered towards Kyrie-like low-profile guards, the latest Kyrie 6 might be looking to shake things up a bit? I know I’ve said that and a lot of us did, a few years in a row now.

Regardless, I present you my Nike Kyrie 6 review – we’ll be taking a look if the same $130 price tag is still worth it, I’ll be breaking down how I felt about the shoe’s fit & comfort, all-around performance on the court and if you own a pair of Kyrie 5’s, I’ll hopefully help you make up your mind if you should upgrade.

Let’s get into it!

SPEC SHEET

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Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Side 1

Model: Nike Kyrie 6
Build: Mid-top
Weight: 16.5 oz / 468 g. (size 10)
Retail Price: $130
Cushion: Forefoot Air Zoom Turbo & Phylon midsole
Best Offer On: Amazon | Finish Line

I. COMFORT & FIT

Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Top

Starting off with the fit and comfort, I think these are a step up from the last Kyrie shoe.

The upper has changed, so did the way the shoe hugs my foot, especially after breaking them in for a few days.

I have wide feet, and I’ve seen some reviews indicating these run small. I went true to size with the Kyrie 5 (and regretted it), so decided to go up half a size with the 6, and this time, I wasn’t disappointed.

Sure, I did feel slightly uncomfortable during my first week of play, the upper was still stiff and the cushion didn’t feel like it should. But after I broke them in properly, even my wide foot felt pretty good in there.

I finally felt the experience that’s supposed to be the norm for a Kyrie hoop shoe – secure, mobile, and balanced just right for a guard. No gimmicks, no extra shiny stuff that sounds good on paper.

I think these will be a strong contender among the top shoes for wide footers if you go up half a size, as well as they’re just comfortable. It seems like there’s a bit more internal padding than on the Kyrie 5, plus the ventilation of the shoe improved thanks to a more premium material combination.

For regular/narrow footers, I would advise you to try these in stores, or if you’re not able to, go up half a size as well.

Overall, these fit and feel just right. I probably wouldn’t put these into a top 3 most comfy sneakers, since you simply can’t beat the experience a shoe with a soft upper such as knit, and when done right can bring. BUT, if you’re looking for a shoe to get the job done in a secure and mobile way that makes you forget that you’re in a shoe while playing, the Kyrie 6 definitely has you covered.

II. TRACTION

Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Outsole

Looks like classic herringbone is still not back but I’m not complaining – these performed pretty much just as reliably as the Kyrie 5.

Multi-directional grip at its finest, inside or outside – I didn’t have any issues. I also didn’t even need to wipe the outsoles off. I did so just out of a habit but just occasionally, and I feel like these will surely hold up even if you completely forget about all that wiping business and just play.

The rubber compound on the outsole is very similar to the 5th Kyrie – it’s thick and it doesn’t look too unreliable. I took these outdoors a lot and I don’t yet see any deterioration, and the performance is still a-okay.

Kyrie’s line never disappoints in this category – and the Kyrie 6 is a great shoe to take in both indoors or outdoors without breaking down for a while.

III. CUSHION

Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Heel

The cushion setup is once again very close to the last model – it’s Zoom Air Turbo in the forefoot with an injected Phylon midsole throughout the shoe.

Despite the similar setup on paper, I did feel a marginal improvement here. Our dreams finally came true?

Not really.

I still feel like this is a guard’s shoe at its core but I must admit I could actually feel the cushion’s presence more, especially in the forefoot area, which is pretty rare nowadays.

A subtle layer of thin Zoom Air Turbo paired with a quality Phylon midsole works wonders for making a perfect guard’s shoe, so court feel and responsiveness is still through the roof but this time you’ll get a bit more impact protection and feel like there’s actually some energy return under your feet, as opposed to the shoe feeling dead. Responsive, fast, but dead.

My heel-to-toe transitions also felt a bit smoother thanks to improved Phylon foam this year. Despite not having a proper Zoom unit in the heel, I still felt there was just a bit more give to it than on the Kyrie 5’s, which is always welcome.

The Kyrie 6’s cushioning is more balanced and more players/playstyles will appreciate it. For a heavy forward or a center, I’d still choose something with more give.

But for just about any guard, these will have all the basic elements covered, if you’re aiming for a responsive setup more than a plushy, bouncy one.

IV. SUPPORT

Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Strap

The support area is pretty much carried over from the last model – we have an internal heel counter, outriggers for lateral coverage, the shoe’s base is nice and flat. There’s also the midfoot strap and the lacing system gets pretty deep – there’s internal lacing in the midfoot area and adjustable cables in the forefoot.

All that combined works just as well as on any other Kyrie shoe – I felt extremely supported, lockdown is fantastic, foot containment never failed once.

It’s a mid-top, so you won’t get as much ankle mobility as you would on a compact low-top, but mobility overall didn’t feel sacrificed. Any guards all the way to the most explosive ones will definitely find the supportive features of the Kyrie 6 up to par.

A couple of things to note – first, I didn’t feel the extra midfoot strap added anything in terms of lockdown or containment, no matter how hard I tried to strap it.

Second, the forefoot cables liked to get loose pretty quick after I laced them up tight. Nothing out of the ordinary from a basketball shoe but still would’ve liked not to be bothered by something like that.

Once I re-laced the shoe completely and made it a bit looser, the issue was pretty much gone, so perhaps I was pushing those cables to the limits, who knows?

V. BUILD & MATERIALS

Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Upper

The upper of the shoe is the biggest difference from the Kyrie 5. This time, it’s a textile material on the forefoot area and the heel area is all genuine leather.

That is a fantastic setup that’s pretty rarely seen in today’s kicks, due to the new era of synthetics used on pretty much everything now.

Due to genuine leather being genuine leather – you will have to break them in for a bit before you feel the complete experience. I personally felt great in the shoe after 7-8 days of playing. Regular footers might break these in even faster.

I didn’t feel a drastic difference over the Kyrie 5 but it’s surely an improvement. The forefoot textile is nothing special but it’s not a dealbreaker either. The heel area has improved ventilation over the Kyrie 5 and works very well with the supportive features due to its durable and flexible nature.

The shoe is also durable, even the forefoot area since the textile on it is sewed well, there are visible seams, and the shoe is nowhere near looking dated despite me constantly playing outdoors.

I think this is a more premium upper than the five and for that, I give props to this one since the price tag remains the same.

VI. OVERALL

The Kyrie 6 is a slight step-up from the Kyrie 5 and I’m fully down with that – you can pretty much state that the Kyrie line is all about “what ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Thanks to the slight changes here and there and a nicer upper combo – the Nike Kyrie 6 is still a killer guard’s shoe, but it’s now a bit more than that, thanks to a more balanced, but still very responsive cushioning setup.

Low-profile or explosive, indoors or outdoors – the Kyrie 6 has got your back!

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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 Kyrie 6 Review: Pair

Comfort Rating: 8
Performance Rating: 8.5
Value for the Price Rating: 8.5
Suitable for Outdoors: Yes
Recommended for: all guards | lighter forwards

Overall Rating: 8.5

 

That’s it for the Nike Kyrie 6 review! I hope you enjoyed it & found it informative!

Let me know if you have any questions about it! Do you own a pair and want to share your own experience?

Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can!

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2 thoughts on “Nike Kyrie 6 Review: Your Ultimate Guard’s Shoe Improved!

  1. Looks like a great and comfortable shoe.  I have a wide foot, so I am glad to read that it would fit my foot well.  If I go up a half a size for this reason, they would not be too big from heel to toe?  I don’t like to feel slippage in the shoe when I walk.  I do like the look and colors of the shoe.  And the materials sound quality too.

    1. You shouldn’t run into length issues.

      Especially for a wide foot, stretching the shoe’s material will even it out and there is always the solid lacing system to adjust and make it more optimal for your foot. You can surely grab these half a size up, shouldn’t be any issues with that!

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