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Nike KD 13 Review

Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
Nike KD 13
Deals from $129.99
8.7
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
4/2020
Ranking:
Traction
9.1
Cushion
9.8
Materials
7.5
Support
8.0
Fit
8.8
Outdoor
75%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike KD 13:

30 likes
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
in 7 shops
$129.99
$150
126 likes
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
in 6 shops
$149.99
44 likes
Black / Black / White / University Red
Black / Black / White / University Red
in 8 shops
$149.99
28 likes
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
from DICK's
$149.99
110 likes
Black / Wolf Grey / White
Black / Wolf Grey / White
in 6 shops
$150.00
47 likes
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
in 3 shops
$160.00
47 likes
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
in 5 shops
$160.00

Summary of 4 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 #36 of 126 shoes overall
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 #24 of 126 shoes overall
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 126 shoes overall
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 7.5 average materials rating ranks #114 of 126 shoes overall
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 8.0 average support rating ranks #94 of 126 shoes overall
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 8.8 average fit rating ranks #39 of 126 shoes overall
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 75% average outdoor rating ranks #25 of 126 shoes overall
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:

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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Deals from $129.99:
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
White / Obsidian / Sport Red
in 7 shops
$129.99
$150
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
Multi-Color / Racer Blue / Smoke Grey
in 6 shops
$149.99
Black / Black / White / University Red
Black / Black / White / University Red
in 8 shops
$149.99
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
White / Baltic Blue / Summit White / Metallic Gold
from DICK's
$149.99
Black / Wolf Grey / White
Black / Wolf Grey / White
in 6 shops
$150.00
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
Washed Coral / Barely Volt / Summit White / Laser Crimson
in 3 shops
$160.00
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
Washed Coral / Laser Crimson / Pale Ivory / Barely Volt
in 5 shops
$160.00
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