Verdict from 6 experts and 8 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • At least one reviewer says that the Nike Kyrie S1 Hybrid is now his go-to Nike basketball shoes.
  • A handful of wearers comment that the traction and cushion is pretty similar to the Kyrie 1’s, just with a little more kick.
  • At least a couple of reviewers say that this pair of kicks from the Swoosh is generally on fire.
  • One buyer claims that he prefers the S1 Hybrids over the Kyrie 4s.
  • At around $130, a few buyers feel that the Kyrie S1 is already a very good deal.

2 reasons not to buy

Bottom line

There are not so many reviews posted online, but when there are, they surely say that these Nike basketball shoes are decent on-court performers and a very good deal at only $130. The Kyrie S1 Hybrids have the traction and cushioning tools of the Kyrie 1, so those who enjoyed hooping in it have a good chance of also enjoying their experience with this new release. Many of the complaints are directed at the radical Frankenstein-ish appearance of this shoe’s debut colorway, but it surely is something that can easily remedied, especially now that there are other colorways to choose from

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Good to know

The Nike Kyrie S1 Hybrid is an aesthetically appealing performance shoe that bears influences from previous Kyrie models. The rear part of the upper is made of canvas from the Kyrie 2 while the forefoot is made of soft mesh with fuse overlays from the Kyrie 3. The midsole features a combination of Phylon and Zoom Air. The outsole features a multidirectional herringbone. Aesthetic elements abound, and they seem to send across the message of unhampered personal expression.  

Cushion. The cushioning setup of the Kyrie S1 is composed of a Phylon carrier and a rectangular Zoom Air unit at the forefoot. The fact that Phylon is one of Nike’s go-to midsole material speaks a lot about its power to serve impact protection and responsiveness. The Zoom Air unit is of course one of the more recent innovations that have earned the admiration of basketball players worldwide.

Traction. The sticky outsole rubber features a modified herringbone, which is among the most favored outsole patterns today. The pattern covers portions of the sidewalls to ensure multidirectional and multiangular grip on the court.

Length and Width. Advertisers say that this shoe is true to size, and many of the reviewers agree. They say that the S1 Hybrids fit them so well there’s not much need for adjustments. Because of this, it wouldn’t be objectionable if new buyers choose to stay with their usual Nike basketball shoe sizes.

Lockdown. A combination of various mechanisms keep the wearer’s movements stable and well supported when they are in the Nike Kyrie S1 Hybrid. The rear part of the shoe is not only made of rigid canvas but also reinforced by a durable external heel counter. The foot will surely be kept on the footbed by it.

Additionally , the midsole has a torsional shank within it. The combination of lace and strap allow the shoe to better grasp the foot.

True to its being a hybrid model, the S1 Hybrid’s upper takes inspiration from the upper constructions of the Kyrie 2 and Kyrie 3. The rigid canvas at the rear is an influence from the 2. Kyrie 3 is brought to life once more through the Nike Kyrie S1’s use of soft mesh at the forefoot. The toe area is topped with fuse to protect it from possible toe drags and other forms of outside pressure.

Being a hybrid, the shoe holds a hodgepodge of influences from the first three Kyrie Irving basketball shoes, and fans will surely be able to identify them just by looking at the Nike Kyrie S1 Hybrid. The canvas rear and the Swoosh laden strap are direct lifts from the Kyrie 2. The soft mesh at the forefoot is a nod to the third Kyrie basketball shoes. In addition to the traction pattern, the toned down but still prominent bottom teeth design is reminiscent of the Kyrie 1.

The shoe also bears signature Kyrie Irving elements. The tongue-top prominently bears the Kyrie Irving logo, on the flipside is his signature. The canvas rear contains some game statistics. Finally, references to important people and dates in Kyrie Irving’s life are made on the outsole.

Bringing such influences together results in a polarizing Frankenstein appearance. There’s no need to be too salty about this, though, because the shoe is indeed a personality statement. In fact, on the outsole, the Kyrie Irving logo is superimposed with the letters “JBY”, which stands for “Just be yourself,” one of Irving’s most important mottos.


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.