Who should buy the Nike Kyrie Low

This Nike basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that is perfect for point guard or shooting guard positions
  • You are after a pair with aggressive traction that works well on any court

Nike Kyrie Low logo

Who should not buy the Nike Kyrie Low

Several mentioned that the outsole of the Nike Kyrie Low is not durable for outdoor courts. So, if you prefer to play on outdoor courts, you should check out Nike Kyrie 7 or Nike Zoom Freak 2

Nike Kyrie Low midsole

Impressive impact protection

Many basketball players mentioned that the Nike Kyrie Low delivers impressive impact protection. This makes sense given its two bottom-loaded Zoom Air units which are surrounded by Phylon, a foam that provides a balance of compression and stiffness to deliver a responsive ride.

Nike Kyrie Low cushion

Several athletes also mentioned that the shoe helps them execute hard cuts and delivers easier takeoff. The midsole is rounded at the medial side, helping players do hard cuts. This also helps position the feet for an easier takeoff.

Traction that delivers

Many basketball players commended the traction pattern as it grips the floor well when doing hard cuts. This is brought by its tread pattern that looks similar to the Kyrie 2’s wherein the smaller grooves surround two large pivot circles in the forefoot and heel areas.

Nike Kyrie Low outsole

Smaller nubs form a border around them in an arrangement that ensures multidirectional traction. 

Break it in properly

As many have reported in the reviews, this shoe might feel both stiff and firm at first. It applies both to the midsole and the upper. Luckily, it does not take long for it to get broken in and to mold to your feet. 

Let your feet breathe with Nike Kyrie Low

According to several key players, the shoe’s ability to provide ventilation holds its own when compared to that of other Nike basketball shoes; the material on the upper is thin enough to absorb moisture and keep the foot dry.

Nike Kyrie Low toebox

Excellent lockdown system

Basketball players mentioned the shoe has great support on the lateral side when doing side cuts. This is brought by its slanting laces, midfoot strap, and midsole that extends beyond the footbed.

Nike Kyrie Low lace

Materials of the Nike Kyrie Low

The upper is composed of a stiff nylon-knitted mesh with fuse overlays in high wear areas. The fuse protects the material from wear and tear, especially the parts exposed to such pressures as toe drags. The midfoot strap is made of textile.

Nike Kyrie Low side

The midsole is composed of Phylon foam and two Zoom Air units. The outsole is a solid rubber compound.

Turn heads on the court with Nike Kyrie Low's aesthetic style

The Kyrie Low takes some elements from its signature siblings. Kyrie Irving is known to love some subtle bling on his merch; the embellishments on the midfoot strap and the heel are a nod to this.

Nike Kyrie Low collar

As for branding, the Nike Swoosh is displayed on the lateral side while Kyrie’s logo is embossed on the shoe’s tongue. Kyrie’s popular symbolisms are also added. The All-Seeing-Eye, for example, is the design used for the lace holes.

Not for outdoors

Even if you do take it outside, it won't last long. The outsole is the one to blame. 

Profile of the Nike Kyrie Low

The Kyrie Low gets design cues from the previous models of Kyrie Irving’s signature basketball shoes. The midfoot strap is from the Kyrie 2. The geometric embossed patterns in the heel come from the Kyrie 1. Even so, it is important to note that the Nike Kyrie Low is another line in Irving’s collection; it is not a low version of any of his popular mid-tops.

Nike Kyrie Low heel

Colorways of the Nike Kyrie Low

The Nike Kyrie Low debuted with four main colorways. The two are plain renditions. The other two, on the other hand, are storied versions. The following are the two basic colorways:

  • White/Black/Gum
  • Black/Metallic Silver/Oreo

Nike Kyrie Low School Bus

Inspired by the ultimate childhood vehicle, the “School Bus” colorway comes in an Amarillo yellow and black combo. This is the second time this colorway makes an appearance in Kyrie’s line; it was also applied to the Kyrie 2.

Nike Kyrie Low Uncle Drew

Kyrie Irving stars in a movie that revolves around an old man named Uncle Drew who tries to relive his younger days as a basketball legend by challenging street ballers. Little do they know that it’s actually the five-time NBA All-Star behind the white hair and wrinkly prosthetics. Nike celebrates Uncle Drew by releasing a gray-and-white shoe with a gum outsole.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 335g
Top: Low
Signature: Kyrie Irving
Lockdown: Strap, Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kyrie
Colorways: Grey / White / Black / Yellow / Orange
SKUs: AO8979002 / AO8979003 / AO8979004 / AO8979005 / AO8979100 / AO8979600 / AO8980002 / AO8980402 / AO8980600 / AO8980700

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Author
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.