Verdict from 11 experts and 9 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Top-notch cushion: The midsole tooling cleverly delivers a "perfect blend" of bounce, court feel, and impact protection.
  • True to size: The Cosmic Unity fits true to the declared Nike size.
  • Containment: The upper material and the foam that comes up the sides of the shoe provide reliable lockdown.
  • Lateral stability: Though the shoe does not have a true outrigger, the base is wide enough to prevent side-to-side slips or instability.
  • Premium-feeling finish: The materials are generally more premium than those used on the KD 13, which was released at around the same time.
  • Stylish: The Cosmic Unity is among the most attractive low-top basketball shoes in the market, despite of it being made of recycled materials.

4 reasons not to buy

  • So-so traction: The bite of the outsole isn't the best, and it becomes worse on dusty courts. 
  • Little ventilation: The Cosmic Unity from Nike is definitely not the most breathable shoe out there.
  • Not durable: Players notice that the shoe doesn't hold up for so long, and it's definitely NOT for outdoor use.
  • Bulky: Because of the sizeable heel counter and the extra foam on the sides, the shoe has a bit more bulk and weight.

Bottom line

Players say that the Nike Cosmic Unity is a generally good performer. It delivers what a basketball shoe should, albeit not in exceptional terms. 

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Nike Cosmic Unity: Money in Trash

It's no secret that pollution is a perrenial problem. Nike contributes to waste reduction by developing and releasing the Cosmic Unity, which is partly made of recycled materials. 

The shoe's humble makeup does not in any way compromise its quality. It satisfiactorily delivers the following: 

Explosiveness. The midsole is equipped with a full Air Zoom Strobel unit that fuels the wearer's sprints and jumps to the basket. 

Efficiency. The upper material is both durable and light, ensuring unhampered and well-supported movements.

Grip. The shoe's thin and durable outsole is covered with a herringbone pattern for multidirectional coverage.

Special colors of the Cosmic Unity from Nike

Like many prominent Nike shoes, the Cosmic Unity is released in a number of colorways. The following are just some of the most noteworthy:

Amalgam. Through its bright colors, the Cosmic Unity "Amalgam" highlights the power and importance of combining individual actions in order to reach one big goal.

Space Hippie. Nike has always been supportive of green initiatives. Its Space Hippie program, for example, has produced a number of lifestyle sneakers using recycled materials. Nike's more recent "Move to Zero" campaign is the reason the Cosmic Unity is here. The shoe honors Nike past pro-environment through a special "Space Hippie" iteration. 


How Nike Cosmic Unity ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 43% basketball shoes
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