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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Flyknit material and Zoom technology of the shoe may have worked as intended because many users agree that the Nike KD 9 is lightweight.
  • A lot of buyers appreciate that Nike created different colorways for this shoe model; the design is aesthetically nice on and off the court.
  • The cushioning provided by the Zoom technology is loved by plenty of wearers because of its phenomenal impact protection.
  • The honeycomb traction is praised by a great number of reviewers because it performs well on any kind of court.
  • The inner padding of the shoe gives a nice amount of comfort to the ankle, reported numerous buyers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful say that the shoe model needs time to break in, especially in the area where the forefoot material meets the back area.
  • Multiple buyers say that because of the softness of the Flyknit textile, the Nike KD 9 lacks ankle support and can cause injuries.
  • The width of the shoe runs narrow. New buyers with wide feet are advised to steer clear of the shoe model.
  • A few buyers left comments that the one-bootie design of the shoe does not provide a good amount of lockdown; it causes foot slippage inside the shoe.

Bottom line

The Nike KD 9 is a performance shoe despite some negative comments on its size. The shoe model, when worn, feels low to ground. This is a perfect shoe for fast players like point and shooting guards. If you are an athlete with quite narrow to normal feet, and you adore basketball sneakers with good impact protection, the Nike KD 9 will fit you well.



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Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Getting all this for $150 is exactly what we should be getting. $150 isn’t exactly chump change.

  • 96 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Overall, definitely get these; these are a freakin dopea** shoe!

  • 96 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Getting all this for $150 is exactly what we should be getting. $150 isn’t exactly chump change.

  • 85 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    The KD 9 on the other hand is a shoe everyone will enjoy, mainly because the fit, comfort and cushioning is amazing right out of the box.

  • 98 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 4 expert

    Best. KD. EVER. Seriously. Besides a little less support than some need, there are no problems with this shoe.

  • 95 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 3 expert

    It's definitely the most comfortable Air Zoom unit I've ever felt.

  • 80 / 100 by KickGenius • Tre Good • Level 3 expert

    At the end of the day, it's a solid hoops shoe; I can't take it away from it.

  • 95 / 100 by Mr Foamer Simpson • Michael Lytle • Level 2 expert

    This is the best shoe out right now when you look at versatility for all types of players.

  • 90 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan and Kevin La • Level 2 expert

    The KD 9...these are solid!

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Profile of Nike KD 9

Released in August 2016, the KD 9 is the ninth signature shoe installment of Nike for Kevin Durant. It has the Flyknit technology in the upper and Zoom technology in the midsole. As for the outsole, it has the unbeatable honeycomb traction. All three features in one shoe make an exemplary experience.


Cushion. The responsiveness and bounciness of the Nike KD 9 come from the combination of phylon and Zoom technology in the midsole.

Phylon is a responsive, lightweight, and low-profile EVA foam placed on top of the midsole.  It helps increase the cushioning and flexibility of the shoe. The full-length Zoom technology is located below the Phylon. It is an ultra-thin sturdy unit that provides superb maneuverability while giving a good court feel.

Traction. The outsole of the Nike KD 9 has a honeycomb pattern. The pattern is designed to support the multidimensional movements of quick athletes like Durant. The rubber outsole has a good court grip on both indoor and outdoor courts. However, the outsole rubber is quite soft, so playing with the shoe outdoors will be a risk.


Length and Width. Designed according to Durant’s foot structure, the Nike KD 9 is built for users with narrow feet. Wide-foot wearers are advised to go half a size up if they really want the shoe.

If the athlete wears shoe braces, it is recommended that they bring the braces to a store and try the shoe with them.

Lockdown. The Nike KD 9 is designed to fit like a glove. The textile is knitted tightly in order not to overstretch in time. To obtain a more secure hold on the foot, the round shoelaces can be tightened.


The upper of the KD 9 is made of Flyknit, making it well-ventilated. It has nylon inside to enhance the shoe’s durability. It is also comfortable and easy to put on.


The Nike KD 9 is a mid-top with a one-bootie construction. The Nike Swoosh is on both sides of the shoe. To showcase it as a signature shoe, the heel counter has a pull tab and logo of Kevin Durant. The insole also has his signature. To let the audience know the technology used on the shoe, a tiny NIKE ZOOM callout is displayed on the lateral side.