Our verdict


Yes, the Kyrie Flytrap 4 is cheaper than many, but the markdown is at the expense of quality and performance. From the cheap-feeling materials down to the inconsistent traction, the shoe just brings more problems than benefits. Cheap basketball shoes aren't always this crappy, though; similarly priced Nike Renew Elevate 2 and KD Trey 5 VIII are actually good picks.


  • Dependable support
  • Pronounced court feel
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Dope colorways
  • Upper materials feel nice
  • True-to-size


  • Unreliable grip
  • No impact protection
  • Not durable

Who should buy the Nike Kyrie Flytrap 4

We recommend this Kyrie shoe to the following:

  • People on a budget because this one is indeed a cheap signature shoe
  • Wearers who are on the look-out for basketball-inspired sneakers

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Who should NOT buy this Nike shoe

Even if it's cheap, this shoe just does not deliver enough value for money as far as on-court performance is concerned. Basketball players are better off getting the Nike Renew Elevate 2 and KD Trey 5 VIII

The Kyrie Flytrap 4 offers flawless support

Players report that there are no issues when it comes to containment and stability. The laces, non-stretchy materials, and overall shoe structure do the trick.

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The upper materials are light; but they feel kinda cheap

The shoe is made of materials that according to wearers feel really minimal on foot. However, they are somewhat cheap-feeling. Nevertheless, they feel nice on the foot.

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The shoe is also pretty easy to put on with its "oversized tongue that opens up a lot," according to a reviewer.

Good court feel with little impact protection

If you are not too concerned about having generous cushioning underfoot, then the Kyrie Flytrap 4 should be fine. It feels low to the ground and provides a good amount of court feel.

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The Phylon foam used in the midsole is rather firm, according to the testers. It has very little compression. Also, the small Air Zoom unit in the forefoot wasn't very helpful in making the shoe feel more bouncy. It is fine for a budget-friendly basketball shoe but is definitely a far cry from the Zoom unit used on the Jordan 35. On the bright side, the experts who have tried the previous Flytrap iterations say that the cushioning on the 4th is better for sure.

Unfortunately, traction is inconsistent

The shoe does not have a good bite on dusty surfaces. "Very very bad on a dusty setting," says an expert reviewer. Even on clean courts, the traction is only average at best. And those who have tried it on outdoor courts report it to be terrible as well.

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The Kyrie Flytrap 4 isn't as wide as we would have wanted

Like many Kyrie shoes, this budget model also has a snug fit, especially around the forefoot. Going up half a size may provide relief.

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Well, this one just didn't pass the sturdiness test

Given the quality of the materials, the Flytrap 4 cannot be expected to make it through the normal wear and tear of one whole basketball season.

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The strongest selling point: this one's cheap

The fact that this signature shoe is cheap is truly an advantage.