Facts

Top
Mid
Signature
Kevin Durant
Lockdown
Lace-Up, Slip-On
Price
$150
Weight
11.3oz

Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users advise new buyers to purchase the Nike KD 9 Elite as it is a premium and a better version of the previous release, but it’s still sold at the same price.
  • Plenty of buyers say they enjoy the colorways of the shoe model because they correspond so well to their personal styles.
  • A lot of shoe owners appreciate the no-crease Flyknit technology on the upper of the Nike KD 9 Elite.
  • Many wearers recommend this shoe for shooting guards because of how flexible and lightweight it is.
  • Numerous owners value the sophistication of the Flywire and how it is set up.
  • The rubber outsole with visible compressed Zoom Air technology is hailed by a large number of purchasers as an important aesthetic highlight of the shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Although a sufficient number of reviewers mention that the shoe has nice traction, they don’t advise to use it on dusty courts because it may become slippery. It is also hard to clean.
  • Some shoe owners imply that the connector between the forefoot outsole and the full-length Zoom outsole can break and rupture the Zoom bag.
  • Most of the reviewers emphasize that the shoe model is for narrow-footed wearers only.
  • A few users complain about the itchiness of the material in the higher part of the upper.

Bottom line

The Nike KD 9 Elite is considered a luxury item despite its regular price. If the shoe will be used for playing as a shooting or point guard, this is perfect. The flexibility, comfortability, and lockdown of the shoe is a total rave.

The Flyknit technology on the upper provides a high level of breathability and lightness to the forefoot. The Flywire lacing technology promises support and stability. Finally, an attractive compression sleeve hugging the ankles of this shoe makes it hard to let pass.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 48 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
13%
3 star
8%
2 star
6%
1 star
15%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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82 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    For $150, it’s a great shoe. But it’s a very specific shoe. This is not at the very top of my rotation. But it’s a great performer. Good impact protection.

  • 70 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 3 expert

    Overall, it is a solid sneaker, a solid basketball performer and it doesn’t look too bad.

  • 80 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    The only clear improvement that’s made from the regular version is the shoes are now much easier to put on. The back material lets you put it on without trouble, unlike the regular stiff foam-backed mesh back on the standard KD 9.

  • 85 / 100 by Wear Testers • Jarron Ramos • Level 4 expert

    The traction, cushion and materials all bring out the best of Nike’s technology, and the KD 9 Elites best feature is that it’s a shoe that can provide high level performance for all players and play styles.

  • 85 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 4 expert

    The Nike KD 9 ELITE is a great performing sneaker if you have a right type of foot.

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

    The KD 9 Elite doesn’t have anything significantly better or different compared to the regular KD 9 besides the aesthetics of the shoe. Performance wise, it is pretty much the same shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Hoop Jordan • Hoop Jordan • Level 2 expert

    Overall ,KD 9 Elite is worth to buy. Fit and support are two very important categories and while the KD 9 Elite doesn’t perform well , the rest of the shoe performs like a top tier on-court model.

  • 90 / 100 by LightsOutBalling • Miles Hemming • Level 1 expert

    Aesthetically, the KD 9 Elite looks beautiful especially this colorway (Racer Pink).

  • 85 / 100 by Shawdowville • Tinmy2014 • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I just found the fit to be too specific and not versatile enough to cater to a wide range of foot shapes and sizes.

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Profile of Nike KD 9 Elite

Kevin Durant and Nike signed a ten-year deal to extend Durant’s expiring seven-year contract that is worth $60 million. The current deal is reportedly worth as much as $300 million, including a $50 million retirement package. Nike has always been Durant’s favorite shoe brand, and he had turned down larger offers from both Adidas and Under Armour.

Shoe designer Leo Chang’s friendship with Durant resulted in designs that are tailored to the player’s needs on and off court. After the Nike KD 9, the Nike KD 9 Elite is the second shoe model under Kevin Durant’s name to have the Flyknit technology on them. The current version also has the Flywire technology for added support, neoprene for the extended ankle sleeve, phylon for the midsole, and a tapered Zoom Air technology for the outsole.

Performance

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Nike KD 9 Elite comes from the phylon in the midsole. It has been considered by Nike as a go-to material for most of their shoe models. It is lightweight and low profile. It is made of ethylene vinyl acetate that is processed using the compression molding technique.

Just beneath the phylon is the full-length Zoom technology with a vertical division in the forefoot. Zoom allows for better transitions and mobility. As with phylon, the Zoom cushioning is light, and it promises a bouncy explosive feel. The compressed plastic of the Zoom technology contains synthetic fibers that bring the feet closer to the ground.

Traction. On the outsole, the Nike KD Elite 9 features a multidirectional honeycomb pattern that is said to be a top-tier performer when it comes to tractions. Its translucent, soft, and pliable rubber compound on the sole is not only visually appealing but also built to enhance grip on a variety of surfaces.

Fit

Length and Width. The Nike KD Elite 9 comes only in men’s sizes. The versions for men come in sizes 7.5 to 15. The design of the shoe is for wearers with narrow feet. According to wearers, it is not true to size both in terms of length and width. If the wearer’s foot is from quite narrow to normal width, going for half a size bigger will do.

Lockdown. The Flyknit technology on the upper of the KD Elite 9 fits like a glove from the toe to the midfoot. It is significantly soft, thin, and breathable. The lockdown system applied is the Flywire with 5 eyelets. Flywire is made of vectran or nylon, and it aims to minimize the weight of the shoe while maximizing support especially in the forefoot and heel. The laces are designed to wrap around the ankle to provide lockdown, resulting in a dynamic support and containment. To eliminate any possible slippage, the top wires are designed to be pulled to secure the ankle area of the player.

Material

This Kevin Durant signature shoe is a first with a three-quarter high silhouette and a Flyknit construction on the upper, and it provides an ample amount of support and flexibility. The extended ankle area is made of stretchable neoprene. Neoprene is made of artificial rubbers that deliver stability and flexibility, regardless of temperature changes. This material makes it easier for the foot to slip in and out of the shoe, giving the wearer a pliable and more free-flowing experience.

Style

The Nike KD 9 Elite comes in different colorways that range from light to dark hues. On both sides of the shoe is the prestigious Nike Swoosh. The shade of the logo differs depending on the colorway.

The Flyknit technology eliminates the possibility of creasing. The strong woven fabric on the upper screams flexibility, breathability, and comfort. The toe box has a soft texture and fabric holding to the foot. The shoe is a one-piece construction with a Flywire system. The laces come in different colors depending on the colorway.

The name of Kevin Durant is printed on a faux suede tag on the top of the tongue. The back area has a neoprene collar that is accented by the same suede, but this time featuring Durant’s jersey number 35. Below it is the Kevin Durant logo in neon green. On the heel counter is Kevin Durant’s engraved signature. Lastly, the insole is neon green with Kevin Durant’s signature in bright orange.