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High-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

Mid-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

Low-Top

Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

Signature

Good to know

Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

Lockdown
Lace-Up

Strap

Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

Lace-Up

Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

Slip-On

Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

Good to know

Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

Price
$120
Weight
13.1oz

Good to know

Basketball shoes usually weigh between 300g and 400g for speed and agility. Write your on-court tale with basketball shoes that barely tip the scales.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • Several assert that the Kyrie 3 has one of the best tractions. It has elite level grip and is very sticky.
  • Some say that the shoes have excellent ankle support. The ankle collar is well padded and contours to the ankle nicely.
  • A small number of purchasers just love how the sneakers look. It has nice colorways that  go well with your daily outfits.
  • A lot of buyers declare that the Kyrie 3 is an amazing basketball shoe. You get high quality for a great value.
  • A number of wearers claim that the shoes fit great and true to size.
  • The shoes are perfect for guards, a few note.
  • A handful remark that the shoes have a decent cushion. They love the feel and movement on the court.
  • Many describe the Nike Kyrie 3 as a comfortable shoe. It’s great to wear all day.
  • These Kyrie basketball shoes are pretty durable according to some. They highly recommend getting a pair.
  • Some comment that the shoes feel light and have good ventilation.

7 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of players say that these Kyrie basketball shoes are not breathable.
  • A handful remark that the Nike Kyrie 3 is uncomfortable to wear. One user reports having blisters on the side of the big and pinky toes.
  • Some wearers claim that shoes fit narrow.
  • Several comment that the shoes are a bit tough to break in.
  • A few declare that the shoes are not durable. One buyer says that the materials are already ripping out after just three weeks of use.
  • The Kyrie 3 lacks cushioning and has no support in the forefoot according to most testers. They also can’t feel the Zoom unit in the heel.
  • A couple of wearers notice stress on the Achilles when the shoes are laced all the way up.

Bottom line

Much like the first two iterations, the Nike Kyrie 3 is the definition of a guard shoe. It has great traction and provides excellent court feel—qualities that most guards are looking for in a shoe.

The Kyrie 3 is a solid performer on the court. At $120, it is one of Nike’s more affordable signature models that truly embodies its signature athlete’s style of play.

Basically, if you play like Kyrie or enjoyed the first two versions, then you should definitely cop a pair of these basketball sneakers.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 129 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
16%
3 star
5%
2 star
2%
1 star
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My Rating

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 37 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 5 expert

    These are good for what it was made for.

  • 81 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    I really love playing in this but I just can't play in it like alot because the cushion and my feet hurts and my legs hurt.

  • 95 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    The Kyrie 3 is the definition of guard shoe. If you are looking for killer traction, amazing court feel than this is the best choice for you, hands down.

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

    Definitely an improvement from the Kyrie 2 in my book. If you’re a light guard who needs lots of response while still maintaining some court feel, this won’t let you down.

  • 70 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    No matter what type of player you are, what your footwork is like, this shoe is going to give you complete traction coverage.

  • 70 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    No matter what type of player you are, what your footwork is like, this shoe is going to give you complete traction coverage.

  • 98 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 4 expert

    Traction was easily my favorite part of the shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    The cushioning may need some upgrading, but I guess that's up to Nike to decide with the future of Kyrie Irving's signature kicks.

  • 88 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    The cushioning may need some upgrading, but I guess that's up to Nike to decide with the future of Kyrie Irving's signature kicks.

  • 88 / 100 by BBallEquips • BBallEquips • Level 4 expert

    I just feel that cushioning needs to improve for sure though.

  • 80 / 100 by SoleCollector • Zac Dubasik • Level 4 expert

    The Kyrie 3 is a solid shoe, but I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed. And this admittedly comes from the high expectations I had after liking the first two shoes so much.

  • 98 / 100 by Honeydewforme • Jay Tan • Level 3 expert

    I feel like it was a really solid performer. And personally, I really enjoyed playing in these once I broke them in.

  • 80 / 100 by Mr. Foamer Simpson • Mike Simpson • Level 3 expert

    The foot support is actually amazing. On the ankle, I would say it's just okay.

  • 66 / 100 by WearTesters • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

    It’s such a minimalistic shoe that Nike almost had everything working in unison — keyword, almost.

  • 66 / 100 by WearTesters • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

    It’s such a minimalistic shoe that Nike almost had everything working in unison — keyword, almost.

  • 85 / 100 by SneakerGearz • SneakerGearz • Level 2 expert

    Overall, I can recommend the Kyrie3 if you are a quicker, lighter player, who prefers court feel and will be using the shoe all year 'round.

  • 85 / 100 by SneakerGearz • SneakerGearz • Level 2 expert

    The traction on these are very good, not hall of fame.

  • 79 / 100 by Andrew LaBrecque • Andrew LaBrecque • Level 2 expert

    The Kyrie 3 is definitely a good look, if you fit the target market.

  • 78 / 100 by The Broken Baller • The Broken Baller • Level 2 expert

    If cushioning is important to you, don't buy the Kyrie 3

  • 65 / 100 by Richie Le • Richie Le • Level 2 expert

    They do break-in really nicely after a few wears, so keep that in mind.

  • 100 / 100 by kixggmxtt • Matt Middleton • Level 1 expert

    The reason why I like this shoe is that it's really light. It feels like you're not wearing any shoes on the court.

  • 95 / 100 by Joe-Carm Sarmiento • Joe Sarmiento • Level 1 expert

    It definitely isn't a comfortable shoe compared to other signature shoes out there like the KDs or Lebrons.

  • 92 / 100 by Quick Kicks • Pat McGrail • Level 1 expert

    I did love my time wearing them.

  • 90 / 100 by JCAnsis • JC Ansis • Level 1 expert

    The Kyrie 3 was specifically made to cater Irving’s playing style, that’s why it’s perfect for players who depend on lateral movements when they play basketball. And the traction is impressive.

  • 90 / 100 by Balloholic's Productions • Balloholic's Productions • Level 1 expert

    Its not reallly a stylish shoe, but it gets the job done.

  • 90 / 100 by Clark World • Clark World • Level 1 expert

    This shoe, overall, is great.

  • 90 / 100 by Adrian Labuda • Adrian Labuda • Level 1 expert

    I love the sneaker.

  • 85 / 100 by Balloutdaily • Yulian Danusastro • Level 1 expert

    Performance wise, the Nike Kyrie 3 is built with the Kyrie Irvings of the world in mind and you are buying these shoes because of the traction and the traction alone.

  • 85 / 100 by Spin • Musa Sadulayev • Level 1 expert

    Overall, Kyrie 3 is good as advertised.

  • 85 / 100 by ZackuragiKickz • ZackuragiKickz • Level 1 expert

    Nike did a really good job with these.

  • 85 / 100 by JSneak Get! • JSneak Get! • Level 1 expert

    Cushion is the only problem I have with this shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Hoop and Life • Kevin La • Level 1 expert

    When I took off these shoes, the insides were soaking wet, which I didn't like.

  • 80 / 100 by 2PCMiLD • 2PCMiLD • Level 1 expert

    The shoe is OK.

  • 80 / 100 by BASELINE 32 • BASELINE 32 • Level 1 expert

    This shoe definitely did its job.

  • 80 / 100 by LightsOutBalling • Miles Hemming • Level 1 expert

    I think the Kyrie 3 is a good performer.

  • 80 / 100 by SHONUFFx808 • SHONUFFx808 • Level 1 expert

    These are great if you are looking for a shoe just to have fun in.

  • 70 / 100 by LaShoota • Lawrence White • Level 1 expert

    I think Nike could add a little bit more impact protection.

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Profile of Nike Kyrie 3

Kyrie leaves his defenders in the dust with his hot handles and fancy footwork. Designed to match his razor-sharp play style, the Nike Kyrie 3 will have you slicing through your opponent’s defenses with ease.

Featuring a strong and supportive upper, dynamic traction, and responsive cushioning; the Kyrie 3 was made to adapt to Irving’s crazy fast playing style. Whether freezing his man for a pull-up jumper or blowing by his defenders to get to the rim, the Nike Kyrie 3 helps him dominate the court like the champion he is.

Performance

Cushion. The Kyrie 3 features a low-profile Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel. This Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning during Kyrie’s stop-and-go dribble drives and provides a comfortable ride all game.

In the forefoot, a lightweight Injected Phylon foam enhances court feel and comfort while a synthetic frame assists with quick lateral motions. This lightweight foam midsole also offers impact protection.

Traction. The Nike Kyrie 3’s curved outsole features independent suspension pods that enhance traction for razor-sharp cuts in any direction. The outsole curvature allows for quick lateral transitions while the herringbone pattern wraps around the sidewall for improved traction.

This unique design offers Kyrie the ability to play at any angle, making him so dangerous and difficult to ward off.

Fit

Length and Width. Lengthwise, the Nike Kyrie 3 fits true to size; however, it runs a little narrow. Wide-footers may need to go up half a size, but they are advised to try the shoes in-store first.

Lockdown. Taking inspiration from the Kyrie 2’s strap, Nike created an internal support system made of Flywire and added a forefoot band to lock the foot down.

The forefoot band integrates with the Flywire cables to provide support and a custom fit. This setup limits excess room inside the shoe to prevent slipping and allows Kyrie to utilize his explosive first step efficiently.

Material

The Nike Kyrie 3 utilizes the Hyperfuse construction that provides durability while offering support where you need it. This durable upper is designed with mesh regions that increase stability and breathability.

The Hyperfuse construction combines mesh and synthetic materials with a new TPU skin, a formula that is made to match Kyrie’s fast footwork on the court.

Designers added textured TPU spikes on the back half of the shoe to represent the unorthodox way Kyrie sees the court.

Style

The Nike Kyrie 3’s mid-top profile includes subtle design elements that represent Kyrie’s family-first philosophy. It has hidden references to his late mother Elizabeth and to his young daughter, Azurie.

Visible on each sockliner are the Roman numerals VIII and XIII; mimicking the tattoos on Kyrie’s left and right wrists that represent Elizabeth’s birthday. The names of his mother and daughter are etched in the small frame around the visible Air unit in the heel.

Story

Kyrie Irving is best known for unleashing ankle breakers and making it look easy. Nike’s Senior Product Manager Tony Grasso wanted to design a shoe that enables Kyrie to do whatever his imagination creates on the court. The design requires improving the grip on the Kyrie 1-inspired outsole. "There's traction up the sidewall, with a curved forefoot that helps create better court feel," Grosso describes

Special Colorways of the Nike Kyrie 3

Much like the Kyrie 2, Nike introduced a wide selection of colorways for Kyrie Irving’s third signature sneaker.

  • Black/Black-Varsity Maize-White
  • Black/Game Royal 'Duke'
  • Black/Sail-Metallic Gold-Cool Grey
  • Black/Team Orange-Concord-Neo Turquoise ‘Kyrache Light’
  • Black/Total Crimson-Dark Grey-White ‘Black Ice’
  • Black/White-Silt Red
  • Black/White 'Tuxedo'
  • Boston Celtics PE
  • Cool Grey/Anthracite-Polarized Blue
  • ‘Cream’ PE
  • Dark Obsidian/Metallic Gold-Summit White
  • Dark Obsidian/Red-White 'Samurai'
  • EP Black/Sail-Metallic Gold-Cool Grey
  • Hyper Cobalt/White-Chlorine Blue-Volt
  • Ivory/Pale Grey-Black-Light Bone-Vivid Sky-CH Burst
  • Ivory/Pale Grey-Light Bone
  • 'Luck'
  • 'Marble'
  • Navy Blue Yellow PE
  • ‘School Bus’
  • Team Red/Hot Punch-White ‘Warning’
  • 'Triple Black'
  • University Red/Black-Team Red 'All-Star' PE
  • University Red/University Red-Wolf Grey
  • White/Black-Volt 'Cookies and Cream' a.k.a. 'Yin-Yang'
  • White/Chrome
  • White/Metallic Gold
  • 'White Toe' PE
  • ‘Wolf Grey’ PE

Mountain Dew x Nike Kyrie 3 K.A.R.E. Kit

Limited to just 32 kits, the Nike Kyrie 3 K.A.R.E. (Kyrie’s Ankle Recovery Equipment) Kit comes with an IPad, emergency phone, first aid kit, autographed X-Ray of a broken ankle, and five specially designed Mountain Dew cans.

Featuring a Mountain Dew-theme, these limited edition Kyrie basketball shoes are dressed in white with light and dark green accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 Academy PE

As part of the 2017 Nike Basketball Academy held in Los Angeles, Nike launched the Academy collection that includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 10, Nike PG 1, and Nike Kyrie 3. Inspired by the United States military’s Navy Cross award, the Kyrie 3 is dressed in the Navy’s official colors. Gold accents, a gum outsole, and The Academy shield badge complete the military-inspired theme.

Nike Kyrie 3 Black History Month ‘BHM’

The 2017 Nike BHM collection includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 9, and Nike Kyrie 3. To celebrate, the Nike Kyrie 3 gets treated in a black, white, and metallic gold color scheme. A marble outsole and ‘BHM’ branding complete the shoe’s silhouette.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘EYBL’

As part of Nike’s annual Elite Youth Basketball League, the brand gave out exclusive Kyrie 3s to 40 EYBL programs across the nation. These white basketball shoes feature a multi-colored Swoosh, inner lining, and outsole.

Nike Kyrie 3 Face Logo PE

After completing his tour in Asia, Nike gave Kyrie Irving a 1-of-1 pair of Kyrie 3s that features his face logo on the tongue. This exclusive mismatched pair of Kyrie basketball shoes come in either a navy and yellow base with yellow and navy accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Fear’ PE

Designer @beensmoove on Instagram shared the inspiration behind this player exclusive colorway. According to his post, “Fear is the motivator that drives us to pursue greatness. Without fear we aren’t aggressive, we aren’t focused. Fear is the reality that everything that we value and work for can disappear in an instant. It is up to us to accept that fear is real but it is what we do with fear that separates the good from the great.”

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Fear’ PE features a black upper with neon green accents. A dark forest graphic across the panels perfectly captures the ‘Fear’ theme.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Flip the Switch’

In anticipation of the 2017 Playoffs, Nike basketball launched the ‘Flip the Switch’ collection to match the postseason’s electrifying atmosphere. The Nie Kyrie 3 ‘Flip the Switch’ features a dark gray upper with shades of purple and blue gradients.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Girls EYBL’

Participants of the Girls Elite Youth Basketball League were also given a special pair of Nike Kyris 3s. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Girls EYBL’ is dressed in a combination of cool gray, sail, and black.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Greased Lightning’ PE

Drawing inspiration from Kyrie’s favorite musical Grease and the lead character’s car, the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Greased Lightning’ PE features a white base complete with lightning detailing on the side.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Green Camo’ PE

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Green Camo’ PE pays tribute to the Best Buddies Foundation; an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This player exclusive colorway features a forest green camo upper with a Best Buddies logo on the tongue.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Kyrache Light’

Kyrie Irving’s third signature sneaker pays tribute to a classic running shoe from 1994. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Kyrache Light’ takes cues from the Air Huarache Light’s famous ‘Ultramarine’ colorway. The Kyrie 3’s black based upped features white, aqua, royal blue, and bright red accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mamba Mentality’ a.k.a. ‘Bruce Lee’

Kyrie Irving pays tribute to Kobe Bryant with the ‘Mamba Mentality’ colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3. Reminiscent of the Kobe 5 ‘Bruce Lee,’ the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mamba Mentality’ features a contrasting black and yellow upper with four red slash marks at the forefoot. Completing the theme is a samurai textile print, a snakeskin-like medial side, and a unique Kyrobe logo.

Nike Kyrie 3 MLK Day PE

In 2017, Nike and Jordan Brand celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by outfitting their athletes with a pair of all-black basketball shoes. Dressed in triple black, the Nike MLK Day PE collection includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike Kyrie 3, Nike KD 9, Nike PG 1, Nike LeBron Soldier 10, Nike Zoom Live, Nike Audacity, Nike Hyperdunk, and Nike Zoom Rev 2017.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘N7’

The Nike N7 collection was created to support the Native American Heritage Month. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘N7’ features a combination of white, black and university gold.

The proceeds of the N7 program will go to various sports programs of the Aboriginal and Native American communities.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Rainbow’ PE

According to designer @beensmoove, the ‘Rainbow’ colorway is inspired by the journey of a leprechaun. His Instagram post says, "The journey for any leprechaun is symbolized by the rainbow, the journey has begun, but where will the rainbow lead them?"

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Rainbow’ PE features a green upper with a multi-colored translucent outsole. Metallic gold accents on the Swoosh and Kyrie logo finishes of the rainbow-inspired Nike basketball shoes.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Raygun’ PE

This PE colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3 is inspired by the memorable Nike SB Dunk Low Raygun that was launched in 2005. The Kyrie 3 ‘Raygun’ PE is dressed in a combination of black, orange, yellow, and white.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Shamrock’ PE

During the 2017 offseason, the Cavaliers and Celtics completed a blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. In his first game as a member of the Celtics, Irving wore the ‘Shamrock’ Nike Kyrie 3 PE against his former team. This player exclusive colorway features a black upper with a green shaded toebox filled with Shamrock logos.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Tiffany’ a.k.a. ‘Aqua’

Featuring Tiffany & Co.’s shade of blue-green throughout, the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Tiffany’ takes pride in empowering women. This monochromatic rendition of the Kyrie 3 features a hyper turquoise hue with a special swirling pattern on the side panel.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Time To Shine’

To celebrate March Madness 2017, Nike basketball launched four new colorways of the Nike Kyrie 3, Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 9, and Nike PG 1. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Time To Shine’ features a Pure Platinum/Multicolor-Volt combination that is finished off with an iridescent Swoosh.

Nike Kyrie 3 UConn PE

To celebrate their 91st consecutive win, Nike rewarded the UConn Huskies with a player exclusive colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3. The UConn PE features a gray hue and comes in a custom made box. The commemorative pack includes a t-shirt and other inserts that honor the longest winning streak in NCAA basketball history.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Yeezy’

During Kyrie Irving’s Asia tour, he broke out a unique pair of Kyrie 3s. Created via NIKEiD, this yin-yang style color blocking was inspired by the Nike Yeezy 2 ‘Solar Red’ and ‘Pure Platinum’ colorways.

Sneaker Room X Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mom’ Pack

Sneaker Room, a sleek boutique in New Jersey, unveiled the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mom’ edition to pay tribute to all the moms around the world. Limited to just 300 pairs (250 red and 50 gold editions), these specially designed Kyrie basketball shoes feature a large rose embroidery and a unique tongue logo that reads ‘Mom’ on the tongue.