Facts

  • Top

    High-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

    Mid-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

    Low-Top

    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Signature

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

  • Lockdown
    Lace-Up, Slip-On

    Strap

    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

    Lace-Up

    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

    Slip-On

    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
    $150
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Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all testers are impressed with the Nike KD 11’s cushioning. The combination of React and full-length Zoom Air offers a lot of bounce and provides a ton of protection against impact.
  • According to some, the traction gets the job done on clean courts.
  • The Flyknit upper provides a premium look and feel, most commend.
  • These Nike basketball shoes are comfortable to walk around in, a few owners remark. One even claims that the KD11 is more comfortable than the LeBron 15.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The traction requires frequent wiping when playing on dusty courts, many reviewers gripe. The grooves are spaced really tight, and dust gets clogged easily.
  • Almost all testers are quick to comment that these Kevin Durant basketball shoes are not that safe to play in. The Flyknit upper is too stretchy and does a terrible job of supporting and containing the foot.
  • Most Nike KD 11 owners are reporting that these KD basketball shoes fit long and narrow.

Bottom line

The KD11 is packed with Nike’s most innovative technologies; however, nearly all testers are disappointed with how these basketball shoes perform on the court. It would seem that the only enjoyable part of the shoe is the React plus full-length Zoom Air cushioning. Everything else - traction, support, and lockdown - was just a letdown.

The shoe’s lack of support and containment when making quick lateral movements is a major cause of concern. With the way it is built, the Nike KD 11 is more suited for catch-and-shoot players. Performance aside, the KD11 is still one comfortable and stylish basketball sneaker.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are basketball players, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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77 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 79 / 100 | WearTesters

    Unfortunately, it’s one of the most disappointing shoes I’ve tested in a while.

  • 77 / 100 | The Sole Brothers

    Its a OK performer but I definitely will not be playing in these.

  • 79 / 100 | WearTesters

    Unfortunately, it’s one of the most disappointing shoes I’ve tested in a while.

  • 60 / 100 | Hoop And Life

    There's always room for improvement.

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Profile of the Nike KD 11

There is nothing that Kevin Durant can’t do on the court. He is one of the league’s most versatile and lethal scorers. Because of this, he needs a shoe that can keep up with his unpredictable style of play. The Nike KD 11 is up to the task with its all-new cushioning setup and light yet strong upper.

These Nike shoes are designed for the grind. It boasts a ridiculously responsive combination of Nike React and heel-to-toe Zoom Air that powers Durant’s every movement. The adaptive Flyknit upper offers stretch and support to keep him going all day.

Performance

Cushion. This incredibly responsive basketball shoe boasts a combination of Nike React foam and top-loaded full-length Zoom Air cushioning. This all-new setup offers superior responsiveness, impact protection, and energy return to keep your every move supported and energized.

Traction. The Nike KD11 has a rubber outsole with a wavy tread pattern that offers multi-surface traction. The outsole also extends up the sides of the shoe, cupping the foot to increase stability when making hard cuts.

Fit

Length and Width. Just like previous KD models, the Nike KD 11 reportedly runs long and narrow. Testers advise going down half a size for a snug one-to-one fit. However, because of the stretchy upper, they highly recommend trying these basketball shoes in-store for a better fit.

Lockdown. The KD11 is equipped with Flywire cables that lock the foot in place when laced up.

Material

These KD basketball shoes are designed to deliver superior comfort and support. The Flyknit upper offers breathability, flexibility, and support exactly where it is needed. According to designer Leo Chang, “The Flyknit for Kevin is different from the Flyknit for LeBron and Kobe. They each need a different fit and feel. The KD11, in particular, uses yarns to create a lofted effect, which gives it plush padding and comfort. This is something we haven’t done before with Flyknit in Nike Basketball.”

Style

The Nike KD11 boasts an updated tooling for a fresh look and feel. “For the tooling, we’ve created a perfect balance of plush ride and bounce,” Chang explains. “This doesn’t always happen; it really needs two materials to make it work.”

Durant also prefers a shoe that is comfortable and doesn’t need to be broken-in. “He likes the feel of the Flyknit Trainer and the Nike Epic React,” Chang describes. “Last summer, he loved the Air Sock Racer — that is where the collar of the 11 came from, and all the lofting in the tongue and quarter followed.”

Special Colorways of the Nike KD 11

Dubbed ‘Still KD’ the launch colorway of the Nike KD 11 features a Black/Black combination. Fresh colorways are around the corner so make sure to stay tuned to our site for an updated list.