Nike KD 11 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
8/2018
Outdoor Rating:
33%
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
 
7.9
Cushion
 
9.0
Material
 
8.0
Support
 
5.9
Fit
 
7.1
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • React + Zoom cushioning
  • Comfortable Flyknit upper

CONS:

  • Lacking support and stability
  • Inconsistent traction

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

Reviewers are unanimously disappointed by the KD 11. The combination of React and Zoom Air cushioning gets good grades across the board, but that's where the positive aspects stop. The Flyknit upper is comfortable and looks good but is way too stretchy and loose for a performance basketball shoe. If you do tight cuts and crossovers, be prepared to slide a lot in the KD11. The inconsistent traction adds to the disappointing test results of Kevin Durant's latest signature shoes. Overall, the KD11 works best as a casual sneaker but doesn't perform very well on a basketball court.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike KD 11:

8.1
RicheeKim
Personally, I would not recommend the KD11 for basketball because of the missing lateral support. Playing in these shoes had me scared about my ankles.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The KD 11 is a decent performer, but it just wasn't for me. I would recommend this shoe only to bigger pull-up shooters - there just isn't enough support for quicker players like me.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I was really disappointed because I expected more. The KD11 looks nice and is very comfortable but the performance aspects like support and traction just aren't as good as I had hoped.
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7.8
Schwollo
If you want a sock-like shoe with great cushioning then you are going to love the KD11. Unfortunately, the missing support and lacking containment are issues I personally can't ignore in a performance basketball shoe.
7.4
PureKicks
Cushioning, materials, and traction are great. The only problem is the lack of support.
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7.3
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Nike KD11 looks like a comfortable casual sneaker but doesn't work on a basketball court for me because of the lacking support and stability.
6.7
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The KD11 is one of the most disappointing shoes I reviewed in a while. The fully knit build is just not supportive enough for a performance basketball shoe - use some leather Nike!
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Traction of the Nike KD 11:

7.5
RicheeKim
The translucent rubber offers great stopping power on clean courts, but on more dusty courts it was super inconsistent.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction of the KD 11 is good, even on a dusty court.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is pretty inconsistent - works very well on clean courts but slides a lot on dusty courts.
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8.0
Schwollo
Works fine on clean courts, needs some wiping on dirty courts.
8.0
PureKicks
The traction is fantastic and holds up even on mildly dusty courts.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The traction started off very nicely but seemed to fade a little after breaking it in.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The rubber frays easily and dust gets clogged in the narrow traction pattern instantly.
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Cushion of the Nike KD 11:

9.5
RicheeKim
The combination of React and full-length Zoom is freaking amazing.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The nice and plush insole provides great step-in comfort. The cushioning started off stiff, but after a while, I could feel the full-length Zoom that is similar to the cushioning of the Why Not Zero.1.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
React's impact protection and Zoom Air's responsiveness is a crazy combination!
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9.0
Schwollo
The React + Zoom cushioning feels great underfoot with a nice bounce and without any lag.
9.0
PureKicks
Combining React and Zoom gives you low-profile responsiveness, comfort, and a lot of bounciness.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The cushioning is very comfortable and provides a ton of impact protection. Unfortunately, it's also clunky, stiff and doesn't give you much court feel or responsiveness.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The combination of React and Zoom Air is money!
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Materials of the Nike KD 11:

8.0
RicheeKim
The implementation of the Flyknit upper could have been better.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The upper materials need a little to break in but feel very nice afterwards.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall, the materials are okay. The toe box and the heel counter are very sturdy, the mid-foot upper is soft and comfortable. I would have liked more padding on the inside of the tongue.
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8.0
Schwollo
Feels nice and comfortable and premium but does nothing performance wise in my opinion.
8.0
PureKicks
The Flyknit upper is very light and feels great on foot.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Flyknit is just too soft for a performance basketball.
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Support of the Nike KD 11:

7.0
RicheeKim
Lockdown in the heel was fine but I felt my foot slipping off the footbed a lot. This feels like a very dangerous shoe to play in if you do a lot of lateral cuts.
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5.0
The Sole Brothers
I was sliding all over the place in this shoe because the upper material is not strong enough to provide the necessary lockdown. If you rely on cuts and crossovers, then this shoe is not for you.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The support was a downer for me as the mid-foot panel is too stretchy for my liking. I was always afraid of ankle sprains because my feet were rolling over on hard lateral cuts.
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7.0
Schwollo
The upper is super stretchy and doesn't provide a lot of containment. Stability is fine even if there is basically no heel counter.
5.0
PureKicks
There is barely any support in this shoe. If you do a lateral cut or a step back your foot almost falls out of the shoe - not comfortable!!
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5.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The horrible heel lockdown and constant front-to-back movement inside the shoe didn't inspire confidence for hard cuts and crossovers.
5.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Because of the stretchy and sloppy materials I never felt safe playing in these shoes.
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Fit of the Nike KD 11:

8.5
RicheeKim
The fit of the one-bootie upper is really nice after a short break-in period.
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7.0
Schwollo
There is a good amount of heel slip to start but it gets a lot better after the break-in period.
7.0
PureKicks
The overall fit was pretty good but not outstanding.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I don't like the sock-construction often used in modern basketball shoes, but the harness-like system hidden under the Flyknit upper improved the comfort a little bit for me.
5.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Never once did I feel securely locked into the shoe.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
The Sole Brothers
I wouldn't recommend this shoe outdoors because of the soft rubber.
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no
PureKicks
Would I take them outdoors? Probably not.
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good
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction worked surprisingly well outdoors.
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Width of the Nike KD 11:

slightly narrow
RicheeKim
The KD 11 is a little bit narrow.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Runs narrow like we are used to from KD shoes.
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slightly narrow
PureKicks
Slightly narrow like all Durant's shoes.
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Size of the Nike KD 11:

½ size large
RicheeKim
The KD 11 is a little bit long
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runs large
The Sole Brothers
Long and narrow like every KD shoe ever.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The KD 11 runs true to size for me.
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½ size large
Schwollo
Going down half a size should be the right choice except for the widest-footers.
true to size
PureKicks
Fits just like the KD9 or KD10. I went true to size and this worked perfectly for me.
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true to size
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Fits true to size.