Who should buy the KD Trey 5 IX

This Kevin Durant shoe is for the following:

  • athletes who mostly play indoors
  • buyers who are looking for budget basketball shoes
  • players who want a lot of court feel

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Who should NOT buy this cheap basketball shoe from Nike

Outdoor hoopers won't be happy with the KD Trey 5 IX. They are better off with the Nike Kyrie 7 or the Zoom Freak 2. What's great is that these alternatives are most likely on sale now.

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It's not that the KD Trey 5 IX does not deliver any energy return; it does but there are just better options out there. Those who look for a better alternative may want to give the Nike Cosmic Unity and the KD 15 a try.

The traction works consistently

Many basketball players agree that the outsole of the Nike KD Trey 5 IX is quite consistent in delivering a good bite on various surfaces. Stopping on a dime is definitely not a problem when wearing this.

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The outsole, however, is not made of hard rubber so an expert has reservations about using this shoe outdoors.

The foot is going to be securely contained

The materials are comfortably soft and reliably supportive. The KD Trey 5 IX's heel counter and its wide base also help with foot containment. Players report feeling confident as they do quick changes in speed and direction while wearing this pretty supportive shoe.

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The Trey 5 IX fits well

Because of the pliability of the materials that compose the upper, a reviewer concludes that this shoe fits like a glove. Several others agree with him.

Nice, comfy, and high-quality; the KD Trey 5 IX is all these

The materials that make up the KD Trey 5 IX's upper are of high quality, especially given its lower price. They look and feel really nice. Almost all reviewers take note of the high level of comfort that this signature shoe delivers. Also, this shoe is a true time-saver because it is comfortable and completely usable straight out of the box.

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This basketball shoe won't weigh you down

At only 10.7 oz (304g), this KD shoe does not feel heavy at all. It's perfect for sprints and relentless drives to the basket.

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The KD Trey 5 IX looks good and is friendly to the pocket

Several basketball players also point out how nice this shoe looks. They are happy with the compliments that they get when they wear this Nike shoe. Because the KD Trey 5 IX is affordable, many of them end up buying more pairs in different colors.

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This shoe could be bouncier

The shoe has a Zoom unit in the forefoot. To be fair, you can definitely feel it. It's just that this technology has been implemented better in other shoes such as the Nike KD 15.

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On the flip side, this slight bounce deficit actually ensures a lot of court feel and responsiveness. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: 10.7oz
Top: Mid
Signature: Kevin Durant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kd Trey 5
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey

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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.