Nike KD 12 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
4/2019
Outdoor Rating:
20%
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
9.0
Cushion
9.9
Material
8.1
Support
8.4
Fit
8.4
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Full-length Zoom cushioning
  • Much more stable than previous KD models

CONS:

  • Materials could feel more premium

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

The KD12 is a huge step up from the disappointing predecessors. The full-length Zoom sits directly beneath the feet and provides a ton of response and bounce. The cushioning is a bit divisive, some reviewers are raving about it, others found it to be a bit too inconsistent on dusty courts. The look and feel of the materials aren't very premium, but the performance of the flywire upper is top-notch. The fit should work for most basketball players as it isn't as long and narrow as we are used too from the KD line. Overall, the KD12 is a great performer with outstanding cushioning and no real weaknesses!
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Expert Reviews of the Nike KD 12:

9.2
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike KD 12 is just an all-around good shoe that should cater to most players needs.
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9.2
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
When they’re this nice, you might want to buy ’em twice. I can't stop playing in my KD 12's!
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9.0
RicheeKim
This is the best performer of this year so far! A huge step up from the disappointing previous KD models.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning alone is worth the $150! But I would have preferred a little more premium materials.
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8.6
Schwollo
The directly-underfoot Zoom set up makes the KD 12 feel fun and exciting. Other than that, this shoe does everything well from A-Z.
8.4
The Sole Brothers
They fixed a lot of things that I didn't like in the predecessor KD11. The cushioning is amazing, materials are solid, fit and support are great! The only downside is the inconsistent traction of the translucent rubber on dusty courts.
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8.4
PureKicks
This shoe is not a joke! You never felt anything like this full-length Zoom cushioning system and there is finally solid support in a KD shoe.
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Traction of the Nike KD 12:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The rubber compound used has been nothing short of consistent!
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The traction on the KD 12 was super solid. I did have to wipe a bit when dust was present.
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10.0
RicheeKim
The multidirectional lines remind me of fingerprints. This is probably the best performing traction so far this year for me!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I'm a big fan of the traction pattern and the soft rubber.
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9.0
Schwollo
The microgrooves do a good job and it's really easy to brush off dirt and dust. Not the best traction, but far better than average.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
On a clean court, the traction is super nice. On a dusty court, I slipped out a few times.
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9.0
PureKicks
The "razorblade" traction pattern was an absolute joy to play in.
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Cushion of the Nike KD 12:

10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is not only Zoom Air done right, but it’s probably my favorite iteration of the cushion and only solidified my stance on Zoom Air being my favorite cushion of all time.
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10.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The only thing between you and the Air unit is an insole - it's amazing!
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10.0
RicheeKim
The KD 12 takes full-length Zoom to the next level!
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Your feet have never been so close to Zoom Air! This is one of the best cushioning setups I ever played in. They are super bouncy - I was able to dunk with a partially torn hamstring in these!
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10.0
Schwollo
The cushioning feels like full-length Zoom should feel. Well, well, well, done Nike!
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Your feet sit directly on the segmented Zoom unit which feels great. Court feel is medium, impact protection is great, and you get a lot of bounce.
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10.0
PureKicks
This is the best Zoom cushioning I have ever felt under my foot!
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Materials of the Nike KD 12:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Textiles, screen mesh, and Fuse. Nothing to write home about, but gets the job done!
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The mesh upper with some fuse overlays feels nice and padded.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The materials don't feel the most premium but they get the job done!
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials don't look premium, but they do perform well.
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8.0
Schwollo
The quad-axial Flywire is a nice blend of strength and flexibility. If you want your material to look and feel expensive then you might be a bit disappointed.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are nothing special but get the job done.
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7.0
PureKicks
I got really used to the Flyknit of previous KD models - I am a bit disappointed by the textile Mesh used in this version of the KD.
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Support of the Nike KD 12:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Overall, the support for the KD 12 is very good but I would have preferred a slightly wider base.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Support gets an A+ in my book.
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8.0
RicheeKim
No side-to-side movements on the footbed, no heel slippage, and no instabilities.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The support features feel pretty standard and do a solid job!
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8.0
Schwollo
No issues at all with support and stability.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The foam comes up on the sides to really cage you in and there is no heel slippage thanks to the internal heel counter.
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8.0
PureKicks
The quad-axial Flywire provides a ton of lockdown and support. Much better than previous KD's!
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Fit of the Nike KD 12:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I felt snug and secure when playing in the KD 12 at all times.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The fit is rather snug, but it won't cut off your circulation.
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8.0
Schwollo
The simple semi-traditional set up just works.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit felt really good.
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8.0
PureKicks
The Flywire is comfortable and the lacing system works really well.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I wouldn't use the KD 12 as my primary outdoor shoe, as I'm seeing some minor chipping and fraying already.
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I wouldn’t recommend it.
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fair
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I have been hooping outdoors in them and they did rip a little bit but held up nicely overall.
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fair
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty hard and the grooves are deep - outdoor use should be okay.
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no
PureKicks
The traction pattern is wearing away quickly - don't play them outdoors!
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Width of the Nike KD 12:

slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
A bit snug at the forefoot.
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slightly narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Slightly snug, but it's a good snug.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
I have a semi-wide foot and I didn't have any problems.
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very narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
This shoe feels narrow. Wide-footers might have to go up a half or full size.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers will want to go up half a size.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Slightly narrow in the toe area.
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slightly narrow
PureKicks
Regular to narrow-fitting
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Size of the Nike KD 12:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Fits true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
The KD 12 runs true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
Length is true to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Runs true to size, unlike previous KD models.
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true to size
PureKicks
Stay true-to-size.
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