Verdict from 20 experts and 100+ user reviews

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 highly effective basketball shoes from Nike 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 storied KD basketball shoes fit long and narrow.

Bottom line

Like the uniquely designed Nike KD 12, 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.

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.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

Kevin Durant’s eleventh signature basketball shoe is available in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Bright Crimson-Photo Blue ‘Just Do It’
  • Black/Persian Violet/Bright Crimson/Chlorine Blue
  • Black/Racer Blue/Bright Crimson/White
  • Black/Twilight Pulse ‘Black Twilight’
  • Black/White-Racer Blue-Bright Crimson
  • Black/White ‘Still KD’
  • Blue/Volt ‘Paranoid’
  • College Navy/University Gold
  • Cool Grey/Pure Platinum/Racer Pink/Wolf Grey ‘Cool Grey’
  • Hot Punch/Lime Blast-Pure Platinum ‘Peach Jam’ aka ‘EYBL’
  • Multi-Colour/Metallic Gold ‘Gold Splatter’

Nike KD 11 ‘BHM’

Part of Nike’s 2019 Black History Month collection, the Nike KD 11 ‘BHM’ is covered in navy, light yellow, and grey with fuchsia stitching. These basketball shoes also feature a patchwork-like graphic at the heel with a silver “BHM” stamp.

Nike KD 11 ‘EYBL’

The Nike KD 11 ‘EYBL’ was crafted for the 2018 Elite Basketball Tournament.  Also known as ‘Peach Jam,’ the ‘EYBL’ colorway is covered in hot punch, lime blast, and pure platinum. A Peach Jam logo and a pink React midsole complete the theme.

Nike KD 11 ‘Just Do It’

This special edition colorway is part of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign. The Nike KD 11 ‘Just Do It’ features a combination of black, bright crimson, and photo blue. A branded label and bold Swoosh complete the design.

Nike KD 11 ‘Paranoid’

Featuring a combination of blue and volt, the Nike KD 11 ‘Pranoid’ honors Durant’s maniacal mindset. With the use of “appropriate fear,” he never settles and always aims to win.


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