Verdict from 5 experts and 41 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Some players find the shoe’s traction very effective, being able to “stop and go on the court without slipping.”
  • Majority of the wearers remark that the fit of the Venomenon 5 is very secure as the lockdown comes from the front and back of the shoe.
  • One tester says that the bottom-loaded Zoom Air unit on the Venomenon 5 responds faster and absorbs shock better than a top-loaded unit.
  • Most users feel that these basketball shoes are “worth every penny.”
  • The shoe’s mesh material only needs a short time to break in, a number of testers notice.
  • Some buyers use the shoe not only for basketball but also for other activities such as working out at the gym.
  • A couple of wearers love the cushioning in the shoe; saying that “it literally feels like you're walking on a cloud.”
  • Several users get the feeling that the Venomenon 5 are quite durable and are made of materials that are top-notch, just like the Kobe AD 2018
  • A lot of testers notice that the Flywire on the forefoot works very well in locking the foot down.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Although the Venomenon 5 is an outdoor basketball shoe model, the translucent rubber compound used on the outsole does not actually last too long outside.
  • Many wearers notice that the forefoot area of the shoe feels a little tight.
  • Because the Zoom Air unit on the Venomenon 5 is bottom-loaded, one of its disadvantages is that the unit can't be felt as much.
  • There were some players who shared that the traction of these Kobe basketball shoes did not work for them.

Bottom line

Although a takedown model, the Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 did not fail to impress wearers who have also tried playing in one of Kobe’s main signature shoes. For many, the shoe didn’t just look good; they performed great, too. The only drawback was the shoe’s translucent rubber that would burn easily if taken outdoors.

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Good to know

The Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 is the fifth iteration of Kobe’s takedown shoe models. The Venomenon series is meant to provide more durable versions of the main signature shoes. The Venomenons, therefore, are fit for outdoor play; but they are sold at almost half the price.

The Venomenon 5s feature a Hyperfuse upper that is complete with dynamic Flywire in the forefoot and a TPU heel counter, a Zoom Air and Phylon combo in the midsole, and a translucent rubber in the outsole.

Cushion. The Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 uses two Zoom Air units: one at the forefoot and another at the heel. These units, which are embedded in the Phylon midsole, are bottom-loaded and can be seen through the translucent outsole.

Traction. The shoe features a multidirectional herringbone with organic wave-like patterns. Although an outdoor model, the translucent rubber will definitely last longer indoors.

Length and Width. Although going true to size is the way to go, the forefoot area will feel a little tight. For wide-footers, it is best to try on the shoe in your local shoe store before purchasing.

Lockdown. A comfortable fit is ensured by three features: the shoe's enveloping Hyperfuse upper, the dynamic Flywire, and the large TPU heel cup.

The heel cup provides containment so secure that it removes all possibilities of side-to-side heel movements. The Flywire takes care of the forefoot, while the mesh upper ensures the overall lockdown.

Hyperfuse is utilized as the Venomenon 5’s main upper material. It is a combination of synthetic materials layered together to provide superior support but with a ton of ventilation. Since the lace loops and toe rand are high-wear areas, they are overlaid with fuse to make them more durable. The shoe also has a a TPU heel cup and dynamic Flywire at the forefoot.

As for the midsole, it is made of the usual Phylon foam and Zoom Air tandem. The outsole is made of a translucent, sticky, and pliable rubber compound.

Pretty much like the other low-tops in Kobe’s line, the Venomenon 5 plays with a variety of textures such as the molded TPU heel cup, the flowy compression marks on the midsole, and the detailing on the tongue that puts Kobe’s logo center stage.

The shoe has been released in more than ten colorways ever since its debut in 2015. Unlike other basketball shoes, the Venomenon 5 usually features color combinations rather than neat monochromatic displays.

Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 Joker

Inspired by Batman’s arch nemesis, the Joker is also a colorway applied to the Kobe 5 shoe. The Joker colorway comes in a predominantly black upper and a purple tongue, while the midsole and Flywires are electric lime colored.

Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 Lakers

As a tribute to Bryant’s one and only Los Angeles Lakers team, the Lakers colorway comes in a dark purple upper, white midsole, transparent icy blue outsole, and gold detailings.


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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.