Nike KD 10 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
5/2017
Outdoor Rating:
20%
# of Reviews:
9
Traction
 
7.7
Cushion
 
9.1
Material
 
9.1
Support
 
7.1
Fit
 
8.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Full length Zoom
  • Flyknit Upper

CONS:

  • Lateral support is lacking
  • Traction is not very durable

Summary of 9 Expert Reviews:

The KD 10 is a good overall performer with very comfortable, but slightly firmer cushioning. Reviewers recommend the shoe to players who value impact protection and do not rely on hard cuts. Durability is questionable as some reviewers noticed fraying of the outsole, and one reviewer suffered a torn lacing loop. Not recommended for wide-footers.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike KD 10:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall the shoe is very similar to the KD 9. I like the firmer cushioning, the soft and flexible upper, but the support could be better.
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8.6
PureKicks
The KD10 is a great shoe overall but there are some downfalls like the lacking of lateral support.
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8.5
The Sole Brothers
I like the shoe a lot! If you are not looking to do heavy lateral cuts or be really shifty then this is a great shoe! Very comfortable fit and great cushion make these perfect when you want to give your legs some extra comfort.
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8.4
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Compared to the KD9, the Zoom is toned down, for good and bad. The materials are definitely improved. The looks — let’s face it, this is a beautiful shoe. But the traction slid a little and the overall playability seemed a step back from the KD9.
8.4
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The KD10 just misses being a great shoe due to minor flaws in construction and traction — but they don’t deter it from being a good performance shoe.
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8.3
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Overall, the KD10 is a decent shoe, it just not as good as the KD9.
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8.1
RicheeKim
Overall, this is a good shoe. Unfortunately, traction and support keep it from being great.
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8.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike KD 9 was an amazing shoe. The Nike KD 10 was almost an amazing shoe. It looks amazing, but it suffered in a few areas due to the bold new design.
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8.0
KickGenius
Overall the KD 10 performs solid in all categories. There is nothing phenomenal but on the flip side there is also nothing bad.
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Traction of the Nike KD 10:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall, traction is pretty solid.
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9.0
PureKicks
I absolutely love the traction!
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
Nothing incredible or groundbreaking but traction is good.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I never experienced any straight slipping in moves or game play, but traction didn't bite the way I like it.
7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
While the outsole design did provide multi-directional coverage, the grooves picked up dust — especially on the forefoot and heel points
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8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The traction is inconsistent, works well on clean courts, but on dusty courts, you will need to wipe a lot.
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7.5
RicheeKim
The traction is just okay. On dusty courts, I was sliding a lot.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction on both of my KD 10s just didn’t work out for me.
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8.0
KickGenius
The traction is solid.
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Cushion of the Nike KD 10:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Cushioning is a bit more firm compared to the KD9, but I like the more responsive setup.
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9.0
PureKicks
Springy is the word that comes to mind.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Good impact protection, super bouncy, great heel to toe transition but you lose a little court feel.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
This is the way Nike Zoom should feel, all day, every day.
10.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Full-length Articulated Max Zoom Air. The ride was responsive without taking away from court feel but there is also plenty of impact protection
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
This time the cushioning is a bit firmer compared to the KD9.
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8.5
RicheeKim
Full-length Zoom - but it doesn't feel anything like the KD9. This time the cushion is firmer and more responsive.
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The cushion offers the best impact protection Nike currently has available.
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8.0
KickGenius
Max cushioning of full length zoom, but I prefer more court feel.
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Materials of the Nike KD 10:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Flyknit upper is super soft and flexible
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9.0
PureKicks
The reinforced FlyKnit is very comfortable.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
Flyknit materials are very premium, top notch!
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10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Soft, pliable, comfy, and form-fitting, the upper of the KD is what the future of Flyknit in basketball should be.
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Flyknit materials are everything when done correctly and here, from heel to forefoot, it’s Flyknit errrry-thang!
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8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Materials work, but I liked the KD9 materials much better.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The full FlyKnit upper feels amazing.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I love the materials that were used on the Nike KD 10, I just don’t love how they performed.
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Support of the Nike KD 10:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Lockdown is really good but can be a little painful. On hard cuts, I felt the shoe roll over a little bit.
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7.0
PureKicks
The upper material is too soft and doesn't provide enough lateral support.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
Front to back was okay, but lateral support isn't great
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
There are no serious structures to prevent rollover, just a good fit, wide base, and solid heel counter.
7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
I had an issue with the shoe: one of my lace loops ripped. Apart from that, the containment was decent.
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7.0
RicheeKim
This is probably the most disappointing aspect of the shoe. Great heel support, but the FlyKnit in the forefoot doesn't offer a lot of containment.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Despite the base of the shoe being a solid platform, it just wasn’t enough to say these are cutting it in the support department.
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Fit of the Nike KD 10:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Way easier to put the shoe on compared to the KD 9.
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9.0
PureKicks
The foot is held in nicely.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The fit of the shoe is almost perfect.
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The fit of the shoe is fine but intense lateral cuts and heavy rotations on-court may cause some instabilities.
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8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
If you pull the laces really tight, the fit is pretty good.
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8.5
RicheeKim
The Flyknit upper provides a nice 1:1 fit and the KD10 is much easier to put on compared to the KD9.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Heel lockdown was great but the midfoot lockdown was atrocious.
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8.0
KickGenius
Flyknit is really soft but the fit is a little less snug than the KD9 elite.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction holds up pretty well outdoors, but it's not that durable.
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no
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor use is not recommended at all.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The outsole is soft and will wear down.
fair
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Outdoors, the traction worked exceptionally, however, the outsole grooves will wear down quite quickly.
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no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
After only a few outdoor hoop sessions my frayed outsole looks like corn before it’s shucked.
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Width of the Nike KD 10:

very narrow
The Sole Brothers
The shoe is super narrow!
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slightly narrow
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Extremely wide-footers will probably still have not get an invitation to the party.
regularly wide
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Wide-footers rejoice! This is a Durant shoe where my feet don’t scream for help.
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Size of the Nike KD 10:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The KD 10 fits true to size.
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½ size large
The Sole Brothers
I would suggest going down half a size
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½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Stay true to size or at the most half down.
½ size large
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
I suggest going a 1/2 size down.
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½ size small
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
They run slightly long.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
They run slightly long.
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½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Go down 1/2 size. Seriously. Wide footers, you’ll be good going true to size.
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½ size large
KickGenius
I would recommend to go half a size down.
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