Who should buy the Nike Kyrie 8

The 8th Nike Kyrie is perfect for you if you are looking for a basketball shoe that fits the following descriptions:

  • Versatile enough to suit various foot types
  • Grippy enough to provide dependable traction even on slightly dirty courts
  • Responsive enough to support sprints and quick direction changes, moves that guards usually perform
  • Accurately capture Kyrie Irving's unique personality both on and off the court
  • Attractive enough to be worn as a lifestyle sneaker off the court

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Who should NOT buy the Nike Kyrie 8

Given all its performance chops, it is still too risky to use the Kyrie 8 outdoors. The Nike Cosmic Unity and the Kyrie 7 are going to be great alternatives. These shoes offer a good deal of lateral support, as well.

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A grip that you can trust

Many basketball shoes consider traction as a basketball shoe's most important offer, so it does not come as a surprise that the Nike Kyrie 8 seems to have prioritized this feature. This shoe has a dependable bite even when the floor is mildly dusty.

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Balanced cushioning system

Guards will surely be happy with the shoe's low-to-the-ground design. This makes the Kyrie 8 responsive and fully suitable for runs and quick direction changes.

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It must be noted here that the Kyrie 8 provides court feel without compromising impact protection. Of course, it's not as plush as the Nike LeBrons, but cushioning is definitely there.

Comfortable and smooth strides with the Kyrie 8

The upper materials and midsole tooling ensure step-in comfort. They are also soft enough to keep the feet free from pain even when the shoes are worn for the whole day.

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The Nike Kyrie 8 also had a smooth heel-to-toe transition, making it a lot easier to walk and run when wearing this shoe.

True-to-size and versatile fit

This Kyrie shoe has a versatile fit that suits almost all foot shapes. Even wide-footers can be accommodated.

Support and lockdown? The Kyrie 8 has them

The Nike Kyrie 8 securely lockdown the ankle and the heel area. There won't be any slippage there.

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It's not that serious, but lateral support could use a little improvement. Fortunately, you just have to get used to the shoe and things should be OK.

Play ball and frolic in style with the Nike Kyrie 8

Kyrie Irving is arguably one of the most interesting personalities in the NBA. His shoes usually reflect his colorful eccentricities, and the Kyrie 8 is not an exemption. It's flashy and it's loud; if you want to make a (fashion) statement, the Nike Kyrie 8 can definitely lend you its voice.

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Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Signature: Kyrie Irving
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kyrie
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: White / Purple / Blue / Pink
SKUs: DC9134100 / DC9134500 / DC9134501 / DH5387900 / DM3255200

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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.