Verdict from 6 experts and 10 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers love their Nike Zoom Venomenon 4. They highly recommend getting a pair of these basketball shoes.
  • These Nike basketball shoes are very durable, some reviewers comment. They are saying that it holds up really well.
  • Nearly all testers are commenting that the Venomenon 4 provides a proper one-to-one fit.
  • According to the majority of reviewers, the indoor grip is decent; however, they note that the traction works best outdoors.
  • Some players appreciate the responsive and low-to-the-ground cushioning.
  • The Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4 delivers excellent lockdown according to several users. They do not experience any heel slip.
  • A few buyers are happy with the shoe’s nice design.

6 reasons not to buy

  • When playing indoors, the traction requires frequent wiping according to some testers.
  • A handful of wearers are reporting that the Nike Zoom Venomenon 4 is a little tight around the toe.
  • Because of its tight fit, a few users are complaining that these basketball shoes are uncomfortable to wear.
  • Many players observe that the cushioning feels firm right out of the box. They are saying that it will require some time to break in.
  • These Nike basketball shoes are not well ventilated, some comment. There is no air flow at all. Players have the same gripe about the fifth Nike Kyrie.
  • Just like the 11th Nike KD, the Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4 does not feel very supportive, many testers observe.

Bottom line

Though not as premium as the main Kobe line, these Nike basketball shoes deliver on its intended use. Its fuse upper and durable outsole is made to last outdoors. It also has Flywire cables that keep you locked in when balling hard on the pavement.

Indoor hoopers who play fast and aggressive will also enjoy the Venomenon 4’s low-top design and responsive cushioning. They just have to remember to frequently wipe the outsole to keep playing like the Black Mamba.

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Good to know

Channel Kobe Bryant’s Mamba mentality when you hit the blacktop with the Nike Zoom Venomenon 4. These aggressively designed basketball shoes are engineered specially for outdoor play.

The Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4 is equipped with technologies such as Nike Hyperfuse and Flywire to keep you locked in and contained. Its low-profile Nike Zoom Air unit and outdoor traction elements offer superior cushioning and grip on any surface.

Cushion. These signature Nike basketball shoes have a low-profile cushioning setup that offers premium support and impact protection. The midsole is made of Injected Phylon and features a Nike Zoom Air unit at the forefoot.

Traction. The Nike Zoom Venomenon 4 features the Nike Blade Traction technology that enhances durability and provides superior grip on the blacktop.

Length and Width. Reportedly, these Nike basketball shoes fit as expected. However, the fit may be a bit snug at the forefoot.  Reviewers recommend going with your exact size when purchasing.

Lockdown. Flywire cables are incorporated in the Hyperfuse upper to provide ultralight support and a locked-in feel.

The upper of the Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4 utilizes a Hyperfuse construction for lightweight support, breathability, and durability.  

Signature details round out the Venomenon 4’s low-top profile. Kobe Bryant’s unmistakable Sheath logo is displayed on the tongue and heel while the Nike Swoosh is visible on both the medial and lateral sides of the upper. His number 24 is also engraved on the medial side of the outsole.

The Nike Kobe Venomenon 4 is available in a wide range of colorways such as Wolf Grey, Turbo Green, University Red, University Gold, Lakers Home, Lakers, Glacier Ice, Glow in the Dark, Lemon Chiffon, Court Purple, and Kung Fu.

Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4 YOTH (Year Of The Horse)

Commemorating the Chinese Zodiac sign, this notable colorway features a red upper with gold accents. Finishing off the design is a Nike China Horse logo found on the heel.

Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.