Verdict from 11 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Style: Many think that this shoe looks so great that they wear it at work and during casual strolls.
  • Fit: Most expert reviewers report that this shoe has a super nice fit.
  • Traction: Many reviewers say that this Kevin Durant shoe from Nike has a near-perfect traction.
  • Support: The Nike KD 8 provides great lockdown according to a good number of wearers and expert reviewers.
  • Materials: Some wearers note that the 8th KD not only looks good but also feels great. 
  • Comfort: A number of users say that the materials and cushioning system work together to provide a decent level of comfort.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Durability: A number of wearers report that the KD 8 is not particularly well made; there are already serious signs of breakage after just a few weeks of use. 
  • Price: Some buyers are not happy because, for them, this Nike basketball shoe is a bit overpriced at $180 per pair.
  • Break-in: Some wearers warn that the Nike KD8 might need some time to break in.

Bottom line

The Nike KD 8 was expected to deliver, and it surely did not disappoint. The materials and Nike technologies used to create it have worked together to deliver high levels of support, comfort, traction, and even aesthetics. There are complaints here and there, but they are more the exception rather than the rule. 

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Nike KD 8: A great on the court

Given the technologies that the Nike KD 8 is equipped with, to say that it's "great" already sounds like an understatement. Players who wear this shoe are expected to enjoy the following benefits:

Comfortable support. The Flyweave and Flywire that make up the upper work together to deliver support without compromising comfort.

Responsive cushioning. The Zoom Air cushioning system makes sure that impact protection is provided without setting aside court feel or responsiveness.

Amazing grip. The Nike KD 8 surely did not fix what's not broken; it still has the KD7's killer traction.

KD 8 from Nike: Performer and charmer

The Nike KD 8 is as much an off-court charmer as it is an on-court performer. This low-top basketball shoe comes in more than ten colorways that will surely make it hard for fans to choose. The following are some of the most notable:

July 4th. The fourth of July is easily among the most favorite holidays of Kevin Durant. He loved the annual barbecues and the opportunity it gives for families and friends to have a reunion. The "July 4th" colorway is one of the first colorways to be made available. 

Hunt's Hill Sunrise.  The Hunt's Hill Sunrise colorway pays tribute to Hunt's Hill, the place where Kevin Durant did his exercises as a child. This orange on black ensemble serves as a reminder of the rewards of hard work, especially when one starts early.


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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.