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Kyrie Irving
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$120
Weight
13.1oz

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

13 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers are saying that the Nike Kyrie 2 is a great shoe. They say it has amazing features at a great price.
  • Some wearers admire the sneaker’s vibrant colors.
  • Several appreciate the shoe’s unique design. It’s very stylish and receives a lot of compliments.
  • Almost all wearers claim that the shoes are extremely comfortable. It’s perfect for basketball and feels great to walk in.
  • The Kyrie 2 has excellent traction on any surface and court condition, a lot of players observe.
  • Most testers note that the curved outsole makes it easier to perform cuts.
  • Some users notice that the shoes are durable.
  • A significant number of purchasers note that the fit is true to size.
  • Some claim that the shoes fit like a glove and conform to the contours of the feet.
  • The shoes feel light on your feet, many users remark.
  • Lockdown and support are great, according to many. The strap does an excellent job locking the foot.
  • The shoes are easy to break in and doesn’t crease, several declare.
  • A few players love how the cushioning is set up. They recommend the Nike Kyrie 2 for light and fast guards who value court feel.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Several wide-footers have an issue with the shoe’s narrow front. They complain that the shoe is uncomfortable and painful to wear.
  • Almost all testers comment that the shoes do not have enough cushioning. They say that the cushion feels hard and stiff.
  • Some buyers report that the Nike Kyrie 2 requires some break-in time. They state that it takes a few games for the materials to conform to your foot.
  • A few note that the shoes run small and have a snug fit.
  • The shoes should have more basic color options, several assert.
  • A small number of users complain that the shoelace sticks to the velcro and frays.
  • A handful of buyers claim that their ankles feel sore after playing in the Kyrie 2.

Bottom line

Designed for Kyrie Irving’s style of play, the Nike Kyrie 2 best suits light, quick, and agile guards. The shoe’s rounded outsole, excellent traction, and low-to-the-ground cushioning are all engineered to compliment Kyrie’s movements on the court.

It all boils down to personal preference. If you love crossovers and sudden changes in direction, then the Kyrie 2 has everything you need. If you are a high flyer or a big man looking for a shoe with great impact protection, then these basketball sneakers may not be for you.

Overall, the Nike Kyrie 2 is a solid basketball shoe for a specific type of player. It performs just the way it’s intended to. Most casual wearers will also enjoy the shoes since it just looks beautiful.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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4 star
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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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77 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 73 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Traction is great, fit is great, the materials are so so, and the price is decent.

  • 68 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Cushion is their weakest aspect and something an insole could easily fix.

  • 90 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    Their tightness and support are great for fast, light players who have developed their footwork.

  • 80 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    I do like the improvements they made from the 1 to 2 though and it is a step in the right direction.

  • 73 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Traction is great, fit is great, the materials are so so, and the price is decent.

  • 68 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Cushion is their weakest aspect and something an insole could easily fix.

  • 75 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 4 expert

    The cushioning on the forefoot was just not enough for me.

  • 70 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 4 expert

    If you are like me — knees are going from court years — and need cushioning, keep moving. Once a week, maybe two weeks, and you could play in these.

  • 70 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 4 expert

    If you are like me — knees are going from court years — and need cushioning, keep moving. Once a week, maybe two weeks, and you could play in these.

  • 91 / 100 by Sole Collector • Zac Dubasik • Level 3 expert

    Best For: players looking for a fast and stable shoe, who don’t need maximum impact protection

  • 76 / 100 by TheGymRatReview • Jake Sittler • Level 3 expert

    I actually have loved playing in it so far and plan to keep it in the rotation for the time being, but I can completely understand if the cushioning setup turns some players off.

  • 75 / 100 by KickGenius • Tre Good • Level 3 expert

    These are pretty stiff under the foot, I'm not gonna lie.

  • 90 / 100 by Get Handles Basketball • Jesse Muench • Level 2 expert

    Honestly, overall you really can't go wrong in these, great support and lockdown, great fit and all that.

  • 82 / 100 by KickSpotting • KickSpotting • Level 2 expert

    If you love crossovers and sudden change in directions, then this may be the best shoe for you.

  • 80 / 100 by WearTesters • Zak Kerr • Level 2 expert

    If you’re a high flyer or have any knee issues, you might want to go with a shoe with more cushion.

  • 80 / 100 by WearTesters • Zak Kerr • Level 2 expert

    If you’re a high flyer or have any knee issues, you might want to go with a shoe with more cushion.

  • 85 / 100 by Road Running Shoes Review • Road Running Shoes Review • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Kyrie 2 is a very special pair of shoes, especially in that it does not have any technology but is extremely popular.

  • 85 / 100 by Hoop and Life • Kevin Wang • Level 1 expert

    I do more dribble drives like Kyrie does... This shoe actually performs a lot better for me.

  • 82 / 100 by TheSneakerLeague • Josh Leaston • Level 1 expert

    I would say you are getting a good bang for your buck.

  • 80 / 100 by Average Dude 604 • Haipei Huang • Level 1 expert

    This is the most consistent traction I have ever freaking played on court.

  • 80 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate • Level 1 expert

    I'd probably wear these more casually than anything for the simple fact that they bad-ass.

  • 72 / 100 by WearTesters • Penuel Josh Barrina • Level 1 expert

    At first I hated these, but I find myself wearing these more and more because it’s a sensation that I rarely feel in other shoes I wear.

  • 72 / 100 by WearTesters • Penuel Josh Barrina • Level 1 expert

    At first I hated these, but I find myself wearing these more and more because it’s a sensation that I rarely feel in other shoes I wear.

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Profile of Nike Kyrie 2

Kyrie’s speed and agility allow him to break down defenses game after game. The second coming of his signature shoe is a reflection of his unpredictable playing style. With lighter-than-ever cushioning and a newly rounded outsole, the Nike Kyrie 2 is the only shoe Kyrie trusts to elevate his filthy handles.

Combining lightweight and zonal support with responsive cushioning, the Kyrie 2 gets you covered every time you step on the court. The shoe’s unique design is built for forward motion; ideal for players like Kyrie who are quick off their first step.

Performance

Cushion. In the heel, a Nike Zoom Air unit is utilized for faster heel-to-toe transitions during acceleration and effective impact protection during deceleration. This lightweight Zoom Air unit gives responsive cushioning to every step.

A synthetic forefoot frame with minimal cushioning provides court feel while a lightweight foam midsole offers impact protection.

Traction. The Nike Kyrie 2 features a first-ever rounded outsole that enables smooth lateral transitions required for fast and fluid play. The rounded geometry allows Kyrie to redistribute his weight and cut on a dime without slapping his foot and decreasing his power output.

Nike also wrapped the herringbone pattern around the curved sidewall. This feature provides dynamic traction when attacking at all angles. A large pivot circle on the forefoot allows Kyrie to pivot, switch directions, and pull off his signature spins.

Fit

Length and Width. The Nike Kyrie 2 fits true to size. However, it runs a little narrow. Wide-footers are advised to go up half a size.

Lockdown. The Kyrie 2 has a Hyperfuse construction that provides lockdown support. A unique midfoot strap design helps keep the foot locked in while adding stability in the heel.

The strap is designed to suck the heel back into the shoe, keeping it secure whether you are accelerating or decelerating. It wraps over the top of the foot instead of around the ankle.

Material

Nike Hyperfuse construction offers durability, breathability, and support. This durable mesh upper is designed with molded channels that allow the shoe to flex with the foot. These molded regions also increase breathability and stability.

Style

Boasting a mid-top silhouette, the Kyrie returns with a new look. Its innovative curved outsole and outlandish colorways make the Nike Kyrie 2 a popular choice among hoopers and sneaker enthusiasts. It is also available to customize on NIKEiD.

The Kyrie 2 solidified itself as a memorable silhouette with the 2016 NBA Finals’ defining shot.

Story

Kyrie Irving pushes the boundaries of Newton’s laws of motion. The way he moves can look like he’s defying physics. The science behind these movements inspired the unique architecture of Kyrie’s second signature shoe.

Kyrie can complete his killer crossover dribble in less than 0.33 seconds. To change direction quickly, he has to move at low angles that the sides of his shoes engage the floor. Leo Chang, Nike Basketball’s designer, decided to get rid of the edge that separated the soles to the sides of the shoes and an innovative rounded outsole was born.