Facts

Top
Signature
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 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.
  • The 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 the 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

4.6 / 5 based on 24 ratings

5 star
83%
4 star
4%
3 star
4%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

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.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

82 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 98 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 3 expert

    Traction was easily my favorite part of the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Sole Collector • Zac Dubasik • Level 3 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.

  • 66 / 100 by Wear Testers • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

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

  • 66 / 100 by Wear Testers • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

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

  • 80 / 100 by Mr. Foamer Simpson • Mike Simpson • Level 2 expert

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 65 / 100 by Richie Le • Richie Le • Level 1 expert

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

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

These are visual presentations, not reviews


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