Verdict from 5 experts and 17 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Stylish: Many wearers fall in love with the unique aesthetics of the Kybrid S2. 
  • Traction: Two expert reviewers say that the shoe is reliably grippy, though they mention that the sole must be wiped.
  • Fit: Many wearers report that these mid-top shoes fit as expected. 
  • Support: At least two wearers notice that the Flytrap feature does a good job in locking down the foot. 
  • Materials: The materials used on the Kybrid S2 feel nice on feet. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Outdoor use: There is no mention of this shoe being great for outdoor use. This might change when new reviews pour in.
  • Cushioning: The Zoom Air unit in the heel receives mixed or inconsistent feedback; but reviewers are one in saying that the Zoom unit should also be in the forefoot. 

Bottom line

The mid-top Kybrid S2 from Nike is a fairly well-received shoe. Wearers are particularly happy that the model really looks so nice that they can wear it even off the court. 

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Nike Kybrid S2: Synergy of greats

The Nike Kybrid S2 is a combination of not two but three Kyrie Irving signature shoes: Kyrie 4, 5, and 6.  This coming together of the strengths of the previous models is aimed to come up with the ultimate Kyrie sneaker. The Kybrid S2 particularly delivers the following: 

Great support. Lockdown is a major strength of the Kybrid S2. The Flytrap lacing system and the heel counter work in synergy to deliver support.

Low-to-the-ground cushioning. The Zoom unit in the heel is comfortable. It is also very responsive, making it perfect for guards who are quick on their feet.

The Nike Kybrid S2 beyond the basketball court

Among the most notable features of the Kybrid S2 is its overall aesthetic appeal. The lower part of the shoe bears the jagged teeth aesthetics on the outsole. Like any Kyrie shoe, the Kybrid S2 is also released in a number of interesting colorways such as the following: 

Best of. The "Best of" colorway combines the key aesthetics of three Kyrie Irving basketball shoes: Kyrie 4, 5, and 6. The result is a vibrant explosion of colors and graphics that make the shoe a real standout. This is also known as the "Pineapple" colorway, which of course references SpongeBob SquarePants.

What the USA. The Kybrid S2 honors the basketball teams that represented the United States. The shoe takes graphics from the the design patterns used past national jerseys and brings them together as a unique tie-dye pattern. 

How Kybrid S2 compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 82
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This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $132
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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.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com