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Nike KD 13 Review

Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
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8.7
Overall Rating:
8.7
based on 
5 expert reviews
The KD 13 is a great all-around performer with one of the best cushioning setups available.
A great pick if you are looking for a comfortable shoe that will also work outdoors.
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
4/2020
Ranking:
Traction
9.1
Cushion
9.8
Materials
7.6
Support
8.2
Fit
8.6
Outdoor
67%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike KD 13:

56 likes
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
in 3 shops
$89.97
$150
54 likes
Black / Black / White / University Red
Black / Black / White / University Red
in 7 shops
$101.97
$150
63 likes
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
from Nike
$108.97
$150
150 likes
Black / Wolf Grey / White
Black / Wolf Grey / White
in 7 shops
$109.99
$150
31 likes
Black / White / Wolf Grey
Black / White / Wolf Grey
in 8 shops
$114.99
$150
49 likes
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
in 8 shops
$120.00
$150
156 likes
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
in 6 shops
$144.99
$150
11 likes
Wolf Grey / White-Silver
Wolf Grey / White-Silver
in 3 shops
$149.99
11 likes
White / Black
White / Black
in 3 shops
$149.99
10 likes
Black / White / Pure Platinum
Black / White / Pure Platinum
in 4 shops
$149.99
51 likes
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
in 5 shops
$149.99
6 likes
Team Orange / White / White
Team Orange / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
4 likes
New Orchid / White / White
New Orchid / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
6 likes
Game Royal / White / White
Game Royal / White / White
in 2 shops
$150.00
5 likes
Team Red / White / White
Team Red / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
8 likes
 University Red / Black / White
University Red / Black / White
in 2 shops
$150.00
7 likes
College Navy / White / White
College Navy / White / White
in 2 shops
$150.00
0 likes
Pro Green / White / White
Pro Green / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
7 likes
University Blue / White / White
University Blue / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
1 likes
Desert Orange / White / White
Desert Orange / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
43 likes
Sail / Lemon Venom / Game Royal / Hyper Pink
Sail / Lemon Venom / Game Royal / Hyper Pink
in 6 shops
$159.99
17 likes
Sail / Game Royal / Platinum Tint / Lemon Venom
Sail / Game Royal / Platinum Tint / Lemon Venom
from Nike
$160.00
1 likes
Black / Illusion Green / Vapor Green / White Onyx
Black / Illusion Green / Vapor Green / White Onyx
from Nike
$160.00
2 likes
Arctic Pink / Blue Void / Light Orewood / Brown
Arctic Pink / Blue Void / Light Orewood / Brown
in 3 shops
$160.00

Summary of 5 Expert Reviews:

Pros:
Comfortable full-length cushioning
Great traction indoors and outdoors
Cons:
Materials could be more premium

Performance of the Nike KD 13:

The nicest part of the KD 13 is the full-length Zoom Strobel which provides one of the best cushioning setups in basketball. The traction pattern does a good job in all directions and is tough and thick enough to last outdoors. The materials are thin, lightweight, and perform well but the quality doesn't feel premium in-hand. Support comes from the wide base and good fit however the minimal upper doesn't provide as much lockdown as previous KD models. As for most KD models, the fit of the KD13 is very comfortable if you have regular or narrow feet, wide-footers should go up half a size or look elsewhere. Overall, the KD 13 is a great basketball shoe with outstanding cushioning.
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Reviews of the Nike KD 13:

The 8.7 average overall rating ranks #35 of 142 shoes overall
8.8
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
We'll say it again... arguably the greatest cushioning setup we've tested at PureKicks! Overall, this is the greatest out of box experience we've ever had. Don't miss out and make sure you cop these!
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8.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
I really enjoy the Nike KD 13, but they’re not perfect. Cushioning and traction are awesome but containment and stability leave a bit to be desired.
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8.8
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The KD 13 is a great performer! The materials are just okay, but everything else is really solid.
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8.6
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
I love this shoe! Traction seemed good, cushioning is incredible and the fit was perfect for me
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The performance is off the charts: cushioning is awesome and traction is good too. The materials could have been a little bit more premium and supportive. Overall, the KD 13 is very similar to the KD12 and a phenomenal performance hoop shoe.
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Traction of the Nike KD 13:

The 9.1 average traction rating ranks #27 of 142 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
This traction did what it was supposed to do with a great bite and coverage. It also didn't collect any dust at all.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
The nubs and circular cups of the traction pattern work in every direction you’re moving or stopping.
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9.0
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The circular traction pattern performs really nicely. It sticks like glue and picks up very little dust.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The traction seems to be really good but I wasn't able to test them on an indoor court.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The mix of circular and horizontal lines give you multidirectional traction. The grip is on-point whether you play outdoors or indoors.
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Cushion of the Nike KD 13:

The 9.8 average cushion rating ranks #3 of 142 shoes overall
10.0
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
The cushioning is no joke! Nike came through with double stacked Zoom and this is arguably the greatest cushion setup we have ever tested. The impact protection is outer wordly, the response is stupid, and the court feel is mad!
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
The full-length Zoom Air feels springy but smooth at the same time. Every time I put them on, I’m always surprised by how damn comfortable they are.
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10.0
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The full-length Zoom Air gives you great responsiveness and court feel while also providing good impact protection. This is probably my favorite cushioning setup right now.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The full-length Zoom Strobel is pretty damn nice. Impact protection is good, there is a lot of bounce and the court feel is decent too.
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
Full-length Zoom cushioning with an additional Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. Like we are used to from the KD line, this is one of the best cushioning setups out there!
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Materials of the Nike KD 13:

The 7.6 average materials rating ranks #127 of 142 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
The materials on the KD 13 consist of a soft upper constructed from minimal materials that feels broken in from the start. Breathability isn't great though and this shoe was pretty hot to hoop in. Overall, the materials are comfortable and this shoe in general screams comfort!
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
Textiles and ripstop style materials are used and it’s just not impressive at all.
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7.0
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The textile materials are a downgrade from the KD12 but they get the job done.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The quality of the textile used in the upper feels a little cheap but works well on-foot. The padding on the tongue and heel is very comfortable.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The combination of Mesh and textile materials feels a lot lighter than the KD 12, but unfortunately, also a little cheaper and less premium. But they definitely get the job done.
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Support of the Nike KD 13:

The 8.2 average support rating ranks #103 of 142 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
Great lockdown from the fit with an internal heel counter and external heel clip. The outrigger of the shoe, the clip near the front toe, plus the lacewing help with lateral movements. Overall great support in the KD 13.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
My feet would occasionally slide over the footbed because of the lack of a forefoot outrigger or containment cage.
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9.0
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The support was amazing, with no heel slippage or side-to-side movement.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The flat base and rubber on the lateral side of the shoe provide a lot of stability on cuts. The internal TPU heel counter prevented any heel slippage.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The removal of Flywire and the more minimal upper mean that there is less support than in the KD 12, but I never had any issues playing defense or doing crossovers.
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Fit of the Nike KD 13:

The 8.6 average fit rating ranks #56 of 142 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
The KD 13 is what we've come to expect fit wise from the KD line which is pretty narrow. The lacing system and half booty construction are great for creating that locked-in feeling.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
The KD 13 locks you in perfectly without any pain, pinching, or restriction.
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9.0
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
I had no dead space in the toe box and the fit was pretty close to 1:1.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The KD 13 is very comfortable and needs no break-in time at all.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The fit is not insanely comfortable but that doesn't hinder the performance at all!
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 67% average outdoor rating ranks #44 of 142 shoes overall
fair
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
The durability was okay, but it would probably be best not to play outdoors all the time in the KD 13. The Nike ID does have an XDR option for outdoor hoopers.
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fair
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
The rubber is pretty thick and durable.
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good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The rubber is pretty sturdy and worked well outdoors for me and held up well.
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Width of the Nike KD 13:

very narrow
PureKicks
August 10, 2020
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
A bit on the narrow side.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
The KD13 runs narrow.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
Runs pretty narrow and there's not a lot of toe space.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
Feels a little bit narrow at the top.
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Size of the Nike KD 13:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 23, 2020
Going true to size is recommended.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
July 13, 2020
Runs a little bit long.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
June 4, 2020
If you are a wide-footer go up half a size, otherwise go true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
April 17, 2020
The KD 13 runs true to size.
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Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
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Black / Black / White / University Red
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in 7 shops
$101.97
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Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
from Nike
$108.97
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Black / Wolf Grey / White
Black / Wolf Grey / White
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in 8 shops
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White / Obsidian / Sport Red
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$120.00
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Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
in 6 shops
$144.99
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Wolf Grey / White-Silver
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in 3 shops
$149.99
White / Black
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in 3 shops
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Black / White / Pure Platinum
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White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
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Team Orange / White / White
Team Orange / White / White
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$150.00
New Orchid / White / White
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Game Royal / White / White
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$150.00
Team Red / White / White
Team Red / White / White
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$150.00
 University Red / Black / White
University Red / Black / White
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$150.00
College Navy / White / White
College Navy / White / White
in 2 shops
$150.00
Pro Green / White / White
Pro Green / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
University Blue / White / White
University Blue / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
Desert Orange / White / White
Desert Orange / White / White
from Eastbay
$150.00
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Sail / Lemon Venom / Game Royal / Hyper Pink
in 6 shops
$159.99
Sail / Game Royal / Platinum Tint / Lemon Venom
Sail / Game Royal / Platinum Tint / Lemon Venom
from Nike
$160.00
Black / Illusion Green / Vapor Green / White Onyx
Black / Illusion Green / Vapor Green / White Onyx
from Nike
$160.00
Arctic Pink / Blue Void / Light Orewood / Brown
Arctic Pink / Blue Void / Light Orewood / Brown
in 3 shops
$160.00
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
$89.97
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Nike KD 13 Performance Review