Nike Kyrie 7 review

Flexibility to jump, sprint, stop and go are what makes the Kyrie 7 a solid choice for players of all levels. A secure fit coupled with a flexible upper and wide base at the heel allows the freedom to perform. The shoe is one of the best options for players who want the latest technical innovations without breaking the bank.

Who should buy it

Players who desire a shoe that:

  • feels lightweight with ankle support
  • is durable without being too heavy
  • is responsive

Who should NOT buy it

Don’t buy the Kyrie 7 if you are:

The Kyrie 7 fits as expected

The shoe fits true to size. I experience no discomfort around the toes or middle of the foot where sometimes it isn’t wide enough; not the case here. The mesh upper contours my foot and allows me to operate in motion with each step without my foot sliding around.

Remarkable foothold

The lockdown of the Kyrie 7 is remarkable because when planting your foot, even with the heaviest jump stop, you feel stable. The wider heel compliments the lockdown as well. 

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Easy to take on and off

The laces and tongue are not intrusive and I had an easy time putting this shoe on and taking it off.

Dribble and shoot in comfort with the Kyrie 7

From the first step, you can appreciate how there is no feeling of rough impact when you run or land after shooting. The materials and cushioning are complementary and I felt no counter effects after playing full speed. Some shoes have overwhelming amounts of cushioning that seem to add to fatigue. The Kyrie 7 was super comfy and not too light, not too heavy, really just right.

Designed for performance

I enjoyed the free range of motion and felt very springy in the Kyrie 7. There were no aches in my feet and everything felt smooth when changing speeds. There won’t be any hesitancy or urge to hold back. 

Stable lateral movement

I felt stable with the wider heel especially moving side to side when attacking the basket. Landing after a shot at the basket or jump shot was great with no issues.

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Fine-tuning will require a little breaking in

Before wearing this in a game I did feel like out of the box, the soles were stiff. Think about how something is almost frozen and you just need to thaw it out to loosen it up a little bit. After working out in a couple of days, I did feel better flexibility from heel to toe.

So many features without compensating with additional weight

Not many shoes with a sole that isn’t coupled (has two different soles, one for forefoot and one for heel) feel as light as the Kyrie 7 (weighs 12oz/340g). 

The mesh upper helped compensate for the weight of the shoe as well. I never felt any extra fatigue or urge to rush and take this off. 

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Longevity and durability are key features of the Kyrie 7

Nike has done a great job mixing the materials of the Kyrie 7 to offer a shoe that should give you a long period of playing time before thinking about replacement.

The Kyrie 7 slightly slips when rocking backward

Out of the box I enjoyed the squeaks and resistance to the short steps I took. When making backward dribbles due to defenders or two players approaching, I felt like I slipped sometimes when planting my heel first. Most of the traction started and ended with good toe contact.

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The upper of the Kyrie 7 is breathable

The Kyrie 7 was very good and well designed in regards to breathability. The mesh material adds flexibility and ventilation. While this feature is frequently an oversight, you truly appreciate the design during the summer months in hot gymnasiums.

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Good value for money

Mid-top basketball shoes have an average price of $128. At $130, the Kyrie 7 addresses many of the concerns of the everyday and competitive basketball players. On top of the design features, Kyrie 7 has many different colors and themes that also make you look cool when you play in them. 

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Conclusion

Basketball players who insist on a low top or insist on a shoe with more technology geared towards jumping and those components would pass on the Kyrie 7.

I can see myself playing in this shoe a couple of times every weekend and in workouts. It’s hard to believe that after the Kyrie 6, this shoe could get much better and the Kyrie 7 has definitely been a pleasant surprise.

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Author
Aidan Shaw
Aidan Shaw

Basketball is part of my daily life. I pretty much hoop 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. I'm 6'6 so all of my reviews are based on a size 14 shoe, its weight, traction, durability. I play positions 1 through 4, so performance-wise I really put shoes to the test. As of 10/25/2018, my current rotation is between Jordan XX9 Low and Lebron Soldier XII Zoom SFG.