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Nike KD 9 Elite Review

Nike KD 9 Elite
Nike KD 9 Elite
Nike KD 9 Elite
Nike KD 9 Elite
8.5
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
3/2017
Ranking:
Traction
8.5
Cushion
9.3
Materials
9.0
Support
7.5
Fit
7.5
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike KD 9 Elite:

Pale Grey / Pale Grey / Ivory
Pale Grey / Pale Grey / Ivory
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Black / White / Dark Grey / Hyper Orange
Black / White / Dark Grey / Hyper Orange
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University Red / Palest Purple
University Red / Palest Purple
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Dark Grey / Sail / Hyper Jade
Dark Grey / Sail / Hyper Jade
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Pearl Pink / Dust
Pearl Pink / Dust
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Multi Color / Black / Wolf Grey
Multi Color / Black / Wolf Grey
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Black / Tour Yellow / Blue Fury
Black / Tour Yellow / Blue Fury
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Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Great Impact Protection

CONS:

Won't fit wide feet

Performance of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The KD9 Elite is very similar to the original KD9. The only difference is the new upper material and lacing setup. Opinions on these changes vary: Some feel like the new lacing system is an improvement that provides better fit and more lockdown. Others feel like it makes the shoe even narrower and almost impossible to wear for wide-footers.
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Reviews of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 8.5 average overall rating ranks #64 of 123 shoes overall
7.8
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The traction, cushion, and materials all bring out the best of Nike’s technology, unfortunately, the KD 9 Elite doesn't perform as well when it comes to support and fit.
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8.5
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
It's a very specific shoe. Great if you have narrow feet and you are looking for a shoe with a lot of cushion and impact protection. If you are a shifty guard who does a lot of crossovers and cuts then the lacking support of the upper and the slightly unstable platform are not ideal. Not recommended if you have wide feet.
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8.8
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
A great shoe with slight improvements over the original KD9. The upper material is softer and more comfortable and the new lacing system provides more lockdown and support.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
When it comes to performance the KD9 Elite is very similar to the original KD9. The most notable difference is the strong lacing cables which slightly enhance support and lockdown. However, this new lacing setup also makes the shoe even narrower which led to some pain on the side of my feet.
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Traction of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 8.5 average traction rating ranks #62 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The overall traction experience is pretty consistent and has you covered in all directions.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
On clean courts, it's really nice, but on dusty courts, you are screwed.
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9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
The honeycomb pattern is the same as in the KD9 and works very well.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The traction is really solid.
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Cushion of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 9.3 average cushion rating ranks #18 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Unchanged from the Original KD 9, and we're perfectly okay with that.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The full-length Nike Zoom cushioning is close to an ideal cushion.
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9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Full length-zoom remains unchanged.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
A springy light cushioning setup. A lot of impact protection but I would have preferred more court feel.
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Materials of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 9.0 average materials rating ranks #27 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Flyknit Upper is very comfortable.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The Flyknit is soft and looks a little better than in the original.
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9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
The Flyknit is less tightly knit and allows for more ventilation.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The materials are lightweight, flexible and wrap around your feet really nicely.
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Support of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 7.5 average support rating ranks #112 of 123 shoes overall
5.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
My foot was sliding in every direction within the shoe with minimal effort and I just didn’t feel secure.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
I wish there was a little more support.
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9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Adding a sleeve in the ankle area helps to improve lockdown and support which makes you feel a little more secure.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
I really, really, really like this new setup of the KD9 elite. It really locks in your feet and I felt it offered a little more support than the regular KD9.
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Fit of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

The 7.5 average fit rating ranks #110 of 123 shoes overall
7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
If you don’t have a long, narrow foot like Durant himself, you’re going to have some issues with the fit.
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8.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
The fit is more customizable but this shoe is still not made for wide-footers.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #114 of 123 shoes overall
no
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The rubber compound Nike uses isn’t very durable and the outsole started to wear off quickly outdoors.
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no
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The durability playing outdoors is probably not great since the rubber outsole is soft.
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Width of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

very narrow
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Width is uncomfortably narrow.
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very narrow
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The shoe is super narrow.
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very wide
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Not suitable for wide-footers.
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very narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Even narrower than the original KD9.
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Size of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

runs large
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Runs extremely long.
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runs large
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
I was able to go a full size down.
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