10 Best Kyrie Shoes in 2021

Dimitrije Curcic
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10 Best Kyrie Shoes in 2021

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 came up with the best Kyrie 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 overall

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

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

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 for outdoor

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 budget shoe

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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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.