Nike KD 9 Elite Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
3/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
 
8.5
Cushion
 
9.3
Material
 
9.0
Support
 
7.5
Fit
 
7.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Great Impact Protection

CONS:

  • Won't fit wide feet

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

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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Expert Reviews of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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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8.8
KickGenius
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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8.5
The Sole Brothers
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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7.8
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
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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Traction of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

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

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

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

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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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9.0
KickGenius
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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7.0
The Sole Brothers
I wish there was a little more support.
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5.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
My foot was sliding in every direction within the shoe with minimal effort and I just didn’t feel secure.
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Fit of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

8.0
KickGenius
The fit is more customizable but this shoe is still not made for wide-footers.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
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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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
The Sole Brothers
The durability playing outdoors is probably not great since the rubber outsole is soft.
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no
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The rubber compound Nike uses isn’t very durable and the outsole started to wear off quickly outdoors.
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Width of the Nike KD 9 Elite:

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

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