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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
Strap, Lace-Up, Slip-On

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
$150
Weight
12.1oz

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

12 reasons to buy

  • Most wearers declare that the Nike Zoom KDX feels great on foot and are extremely comfortable to wear.
  • Several buyers just love the shoe’s eye-catching silhouette and colors.
  • Many users appreciate the shoe’s Flyknit upper. They say it’s lightweight, breathable, and easy to break in.
  • Some players claim that the Nike KDX is a great basketball shoe.
  • The shoe’s traction works pretty well on clean indoor and even outdoor courts, most testers observe.
  • A few are saying that the KD10 is their new go-to shoe.
  • Wide-footers can go true to size, nearly all reviewers note.
  • A good number of purchasers are satisfied with the shoe’s cushioning. They mention that it provides the right amount of court feel, responsiveness, and impact protection.
  • Several players comment that the shoes have a well-balanced ride with a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • The Nike KD10 is a lot easier to put on than its previous iteration, a lot of testers notice.
  • The shoes are very supportive say a lot of wearers.
  • The shoe fits like a glove according to a number of users.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Most testers are disappointed with how the KD10’s traction performs. They are saying it’s inconsistent and they find themselves wiping a lot more often than they used to.
  • Nearly all reviewers notice that the cushioning feels stiff and takes a while to break in.
  • The KDX runs long, almost all testers declare.
  • A few purchasers report that the shoes fit narrow and are uncomfortable to wear.
  • The Air unit popped after a few months of use, a handful of buyers complain.
  • The shoe’s traction is soft and wears down easily, most testers note. They assert that outdoor play is not recommended.
  • The laces are too short, a small number of users comment.
  • A good number of testers observe that the Nike Zoom KDX lacks lateral containment.
  • The eyelets dig into the bottom your foot, and some eyelets rip when the laces are tied really tight, a small number of reviewers warn.

Bottom line

The Nike Zoom KDX’s design is very similar to its predecessor the Nike KD9. However, Nike made some minor tweaks that affected the shoe’s on-court performance in a major way. The full-length Zoom Air and Flyknit are well implemented, but the traction and overall containment are simply average. The KD10 just falls short of being an amazing basketball sneaker.

All in all, the Nike KDX is still a solid hoop shoe that’s fun to play in. It’s well-balanced cushioning is outstanding, and the Flyknit upper is executed with functionality in mind. It’s a versatile shoe that most types of players will enjoy.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 10 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are basketball players, 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.

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83 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 78 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    It looks amazing, but it suffered in a few areas due to the bold new design.

  • 85 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 4 expert

    I like the shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    it’s an awesome sneaker for the right price nonetheless.

  • 82 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    There were such minor changes to my favorite shoe of 2016, but those changes affected the play in a major way.

  • 78 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    It looks amazing, but it suffered in a few areas due to the bold new design.

  • 75 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    There are some support problems but if you can get past them, I’d look at this shoe as a solid performer.

  • 95 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    Overall, the KD 10 is a good shoe to hoop in.

  • 82 / 100 by WearTesters • Stanley Tse • Level 4 expert

    If you’re more of a spot-up shooter or stick down on the block, this shoe will work well for you.

  • 80 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate Levell Greer • Level 4 expert

    If it was me I wuld get the KD9 instead.

  • 97 / 100 by Luvmykicks1 • Luvmykicks1 • Level 3 expert

    These things are actually really really great.

  • 88 / 100 by KickSpotting • KickSpotting • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I really enjoyed playing in the KD10

  • 82 / 100 by Stanley T • Stanley Tse • Level 3 expert

    If you’re more of a spot-up shooter or stick down on the block, this shoe will work well for you.

  • 80 / 100 by KickGenius • Tre Good and J Jones • Level 3 expert

    I'm not the biggest fan of the KDX.

  • 90 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan and Kevin La • Level 2 expert

    The shoe is pretty much very similar to the KD9.

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Profile of Nike Zoom KDX

Always ready to compete and play, the Nike Zoom KDX is designed with ultra-responsive cushioning and on-demand support that fits Durant’s versatile playing style.

The zoned Flyknit upper delivers stretch and breathability while the Zoom Air cushioning allows energy return for ultra-responsiveness. The tenth iteration of Kevin Durant’s shoe is as responsive and versatile as he is.

Performance

Cushion. Featuring a visible full-length Zoom Air unit, the KD10’s low-profile cushioning provides ultimate responsiveness and absorbs impact on every takeoff and landing.

The Nike Zoom Air unit absorbs impact energy while still allowing your foot to bend naturally. It’s lighter in the forefoot for better control and denser in the heel for better impact protection.  

Traction. The Nike Zoom KD10 has a durable rubber outsole with a radial traction pattern that delivers multidirectional grip all game long.

Fit

Length and Width. Normal and narrow-footers are advised to go down half a size since the Nike KDX reportedly runs long. Wide-footers can stay true to size.

Lockdown. The Nike Zoom KDX has a dynamic lacing system that moves with your foot and a sock-like construction that provides a customizable fit.

Oversized laces wrap the medial and lateral sides of the foot; keeping it secure and providing comfortable support. This unique lacing system delivers a locked-down fit where and when you need it.

Material

A lightweight Flyknit upper delivers zonal stretch and breathable comfort. The zoned Flyknit fabric features areas of breathability, stretch, and support for superior comfort and a sock-like feel.

Style

Sharing a similar silhouette with the Nike KD9 and KD9 Elite, the tenth version of Durant’s signature shoe combines a low-cut profile with his favorite upper material. Adding Flyknit is a notable design shift in the KD line’s evolution.

Pull tabs on the tongue and heel allow easy on and off while the large laces are spread wide for a locked-in sensation. These design elements balance style with functionality.

With the variety of colorways available and different ways to string the laces, the Nike Zoom KDX is just as wearable off-court as it is during a game.

Special Colorways of the Nike Zoom KDX

Always ready to compete and play, the Nike Zoom KDX is designed with ultra-responsive cushioning and on-demand support that fits Durant’s versatile playing style.

Nike KDX BHM

In January 2018, a meaningful colorway of the Nike KDX releases. It celebrates in advance February as the Black History Month. The upper is made of black FlyKnit with integrated red and green threads. The colors of the pan-African flag also figure prominently on the rear part of the midsole. The same hues adorn the predominantly black laces.

The black heel cage of the KDX BHM has on both sides a black Swoosh with metallic gold outlines. Below the Swoosh on the lateral side are the numbers 05 06 2014, which stands for May 6, 2014 or the day declared by the State of Oklahoma, Kevin Durant’s former home, as Kevin Durant Day. The proclamation was in recognition of Durant’s on- and off-court character, which has been described as an “exemplary illustration of the Oklahoma standard.”

The Nike KDX BHM is released on January 15, 2018 at $150.

Nike KDX AS

Another celebrated colorway of the Nike KDX drops on February 15, 2018 at $150 still. This colorways celebrates Kevin Durant’s ninth appearance in the NBA All-Star Game, which happens on February 18. The shoe’s new look draws inspiration from Santa Monica, a neighborhood in west downtown Los Angeles.

The KDX AS’s upper is a vibrant mix of Ocean Fog, Hyper Crimson, and Fuchsia Blast, producing a unique tonal appearance that alludes to both the colors of the sun and the sea water. The thick outsole also features vibrant streaks of the three hues.

The tongue and laces of these Kevin Durant shoes for the All-Star Game are blue. The foam that lines the inside of the KDX AS is bathed in fuchsia, and the insole that straightforwardly references the Santa Monica neighborhood gets the crimson look.