Who should buy the Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5

Given its features, the Flytrap 5 seemed to be perfect for the following:

  • guards and smaller players
  • wearers who like thin and minimal-feeling shoes
  • Kyrie fans
  • outdoor players
  • buyers who want cheap basketball shoes

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 should buy

Who should NOT buy the Kyrie Flytrap 5 from Nike

The 5th Nike Kyrie Flytrap didn't seem to be for those who have wide feet. This shoe model also appeared to be not for those who are heavier and bigger; they are better off with the Nike LeBron basketball shoes, which are known to have really plush cushioning systems.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 should not buy

Grippy on dust-free courts

The Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 had really nice traction on courts that are clean.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 Traction

You might have problems with this on dirtier courts. The outsole attracted a lot of dust, negatively affecting the bite.

Outdoor use

The outsole rubber is durable enough to withstand continued usage even on outdoor courts.

The Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 is responsive

The Zoom unit in the forefoot is noticeably bouncy, and it successfully fueled take-offs and sprints.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 Forefoot zoom

Court feel was also pretty much pronounced because of the shoe's low-to-the-ground structure. However, the heel easily bottoms out so impact protection might NOT be that great.

No problems with support, lockdown, and stability

The fifth Flytrap provided sufficient lateral support even if the materials were thin and quite minimal.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 support

Lateral stability was also not a problem even if the shoe didn't have a prominent outrigger. 

Smooth steps ensured!

The outsole was a bit rounded on the sides, so heel-to-toe transition was quite smooth. This basketball shoe from Nike surely did not feel like a slapper.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 rounded

The Flytrap 5 is true to size

This Nike budget shoe fit as expected. Those with normal-sized feet can get their usual Nike sizes.

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 fit

Facts / Specs

Weight: 301g
Top: Mid
Signature: Kyrie Irving
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kyrie, Nike Kyrie Flytrap
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / White / Red

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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.