6 Best Kyrie Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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6 Best Kyrie Shoes in 2022

Kyrie Irving is easily among the most popular players in the league. He is known for his quirkiness and being very nimble on the court. He has unconventional beliefs and style as well. 

His shoes aren’t any different. One of only a handful of players who have signature shoes with Nike, Kyrie Irving does not take designing his basketball shoe for granted. Reports say that he is always involved in the design process.

Given such attention and regard for detail, it comes as no surprise that Nike Kyries shoes are often well-received. But even among the best, the excellent still rises. We’ve tested and reviewed almost twenty Kyrie shoes, and we present here the most noteworthy ones.

How we test basketball shoes

To ensure the integrity and objectivity of our reviews, we are careful not to accept sponsorships of any sort. You can rest assured that all the Nike Kyrie basketball shoes that touched our feet were bought using our own funds.

Aside from that, we also make sure of the following:

  • All basketball shoes that we review are tested in a number of actual games. Yes, you read that: ACTUAL GAMES. Footwork tests are just not enough to gauge performance.
  • We are a team of experts here, so each review is borne out of different experiences, positions, and even play styles.
  • As if having a team is not enough, we also make sure that we consider the inputs of others from outside RunRepeat. Ordinary users, other experts: as long as they’ve played in Kyries, their opinions have some sort of importance here.

Best Kyrie shoes overall

Nike Kyrie 7
Nike Kyrie 7

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 474 users
90 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Remarkable lockdown
  • Super comfy
  • Feels light
  • Stable even during lateral movement
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Good value for money
  • For players of all levels
  • Feels springy
  • Easy on/off
  • Many color options

Cons

  • Break-in period needed
  • Slightly slipped when rocking backward

Verdict

The Kyrie line has always been well-received by players and hobbyists alike. It’s not really difficult to see why. The Nike Kyrie 7 in particular just delivered everything that a player would want. In fact, it is still an understatement to say that this shoe is indeed designed for performance.

One of the first things that we noticed was how comfortable this shoe was. It provided just the right amount of cushioning: not too little that it hurt, also not too much that it compromised stability. As a result, even if we ran at full speed for long periods, pain was still alien to us.

This shoe also had a really nice fit. The mesh upper followed the shape of the foot so well, even the most delicate among us couldn’t complain about having too much space in the toe box or around the forefoot.

We also thought that the Kyrie 7 was quite durable. Just by touching it, we noticed that the mix of materials was just excellent. We could definitely use this outdoors without having to worry about it wearing down.

Given all that we’ve said, it should be very clear by now that this basketball shoe really offers good value for money. You should get this if you want every cent to count.

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Best low-top Kyrie shoes

Nike Kyrie Low 4
Nike Kyrie Low 4

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 85 users
77 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Top-tier traction
  • Quick responsiveness
  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable
  • Stable
  • Supportive
  • No break-in time
  • Good lockdown

Cons

  • Minimal cushioning
  • Heel slippage
  • Not for outdoor play
  • Mediocre ventilation

Verdict

It has been years since Kyrie Irving and Nike started producing low-tops, but they still don’t fail to surprise us. The Nike Kyrie Low 4 is devoid of all the color explosions that characterize the other Kyries, and--you can quote us on this--it’s a breath of fresh air! The streamlined look just did it for us! 

Besides an aesthetic overhaul, this Kyrie low-top also delivered an amazing grip on the floor. The outsole’s performance reminded us so much of the Kyrie 7, which was a performance beast when we talk about traction.

The Kyrie Low 4 also delivered a lot of court feel. We, especially those who are faster and smaller players, have nothing but praises for how this shoe’s low-profile construction gave us more control and precision as we did our runs, slides, and drives to the basket.

It also appeared that the designers of this Nike shoe made sure that every element has its function. This shoe also featured the characteristic jagged teeth, and it did more than just provide an iconic look. They were so helpful in keeping the foot in place, especially during intense side-to-side movements.

Given all that has been said, this shoe is one that’s not difficult at all to love. Try it yourself!

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Best lockdown Kyrie shoes

Nike Kyrie 6
Nike Kyrie 6

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 4,006 users
86 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • Great traction 
  • Locked-in support
  • Responsive
  • Durable
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Break-in is needed
  • Not for hard landings

Verdict

Just by looking at it, you would know that the Nike Kyrie 6 was designed with support and lockdown in mind. This shoe is one of the few times a Nike Kyrie sported a midfoot strap, and it effectively held our feet in place. With the help of the snug mesh upper and wide base, slips and internal twists were surely just things of the past.

Besides a truly remarkable containment, the Nike Kyrie 6 also performed like a true guard shoe. Its midsole was truly responsive, and we never felt that our feet were sinking into foam that’s too soft. As a result, we were able to run and drive with much more control and precision.

Traction was also an aspect where this shoe excelled. The thick groves carved into the outsole provided a truly multidirectional grip. We never had to worry about slipping no matter how awkward our landings or stepping positions were.

When it comes to durability, we are betting our necks that this one would be with you until the end of your season, or even beyond. The materials that it’s made of just felt so resistant. In fact, we didn’t see any sign of wear and tear even if we’ve played in this many times already.

Not much, if at all, could go wrong if you wear Nike Kyrie 6 in your on-court battles. Add this to your rotation today.

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Best Kyrie shoes for outdoor

Nike Kybrid S2
Nike Kybrid S2

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 80 users
85 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Court feel: The shoe is "quite responsive and...low to the ground," leading hoopers to conclude that it is "definitely more for court feel."
  • Support: Containment and stability are "freaking amazing." A player "didn't notice that [he] had no ankle braces on" because of how locked down he feels.
  • Outdoor use: A player said that the sole is durable enough to last a long time, so the Kybrid S2 could be used outdoors.
  • Stylish: Many wearers fall in love with the Kybrid S2. They say it's "sexy" and simply "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!"

Cons

  • Erratic traction: The grip isn't as good as the other Kyrie models. It's "really really inconsistent," especially on dusty courts.
  • No forefoot cushion: Experts agree that another Zoom unit should have also been placed in the forefoot for better impact protection.
  • Quality: The materials are "nothing too special." They could use "a little more breathability."
  • Weight: At 12.9 oz (365 g), the shoe is definitely heavier than the Kyrie 7 (12 oz / 340 g) that was released barely two months after the Nike Kybrid S2. 
  • Narrow: Like other Kyries, the Kybrid S2 is on the "super snug side." Wide-footers may want to go at least half a size up.

Verdict

Outdoor basketball courts put a whole new level of pressure and strain on basketball shoes. Outdoor hoop shoes really have to be well-built and durable to be able to withstand such conditions. The Nike Kybrid S2 is one of those shoes.

The materials are vibrantly colored, but they actually hide commendable strength in them. They were so sturdy that they didn’t break even if we played with them aggressively for hours on end. Indoor courts, outdoor courts: it didn’t really matter! The Kybrid S2 weathered through them all!

Another strong point of this shoe is the insane amounts of support that it delivered. One of us forgot to wear his favorite ankle braces, but guess what? He was not able to notice it until we pointed it out! That’s how supportive this shoe has been for him. You can say that this one has its own built-in brace.

Now, those who are conscious about looks won’t be disappointed either. The Nike Kybrid 2 delivered a unique look that gets strangers looking. After our games, we didn’t have qualms going on other gigs with this Kyrie shoe on!

As the name suggests, this shoe is a Frankenstein. It is built using the good features from other Kyrie models. If you ask us, we have a really good mix right here with the Nike Kybrid S2.

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Best value Kyrie shoes

Nike Kyrie Flytrap III
Nike Kyrie Flytrap III

Corescore

86
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 4,986 users
83 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Worth the money
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Fantastic ankle support
  • Excellent lateral containment
  • Good traction
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Light and fast

Cons

  • Traction needs break-in time
  • Horrible impact protection
  • Flimsy mesh material

Verdict

Like the illustrious Nike LeBrons, the Kyries are also known to be quite pricey. Fortunately, Kyrie Irving and Nike released a more affordable series for those who are on a tight budget. The Nike Kyrie Flytrap III is by far the best one to come out of that affordable line.

What we noticed first with this shoe was how nice the upper materials felt right out of the box. They were so minimal and soft. Breathability was not an issue either. Because of all this, we surely won’t have problems even if we wear it the whole day at work, school, or even for light strolls around the park.

The traction pattern needs some time to break in, though. The outsole had this thin film on it that needed to be peeled off through constant use. However, when the break-in period was done, the grip was just A-1! Stopping on a dime was never a problem!

Support was also something that Nike should be proud of. Ankle support was just fantastic, lateral support was just so dependable, and the fit was just snug enough to keep everything in their right places even if the game intensified.

The Nike Kyrie Flytrap III definitely offers more than just its low price. This sneaker performed, and we are betting our necks that it will satisfy you, too, on the court.

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What are the cheapest Kyrie shoes in 2022?

  1. Nike Kyrie Flytrap III - from $60
  2. Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 - from $90
  3. Nike Kyrie Low 5 - from $110
  4. Nike Kyrie 1 - from $148
  5. Nike Kybrid S2 - from $210

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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.