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Nike Kyrie 3 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$119.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
12/2016
Outdoor Rating:
83%
# of Reviews:
9
Traction
9.2
Cushion
5.9
Material
7.5
Support
7.9
Fit
9.0
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • great court feel
  • awesome traction

CONS:

  • stiff toe box
  • very little cushion

Summary of 9 Expert Reviews:

Kyrie Irving's third signature sneaker is praised by reviewers for its fair price, good looks, and great traction. This shoe will also hold up pretty well outdoors as the upper and outsole are made of very durable materials. The biggest flaw of this shoe is the very firm and almost completely missing cushion. Overall, the Kyrie 3 is a good choice for light and quick guards who value court feel over impact protection.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kyrie 3:

8.4
RicheeKim
If you are a quick guard and you don't need a lot of impact protection then the Kyrie 3 is a great choice.
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8.3
KickGenius
Probably my favorite shoe to hoop in right now!
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8.2
The Sole Brothers
I really love to play in them, but I can't play a lot because of the lack of cushioning. Incredibly responsive shoe with excellent traction.
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8.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed playing in the Kyrie 3, If cushion is your main need then you should already know what that means for you and the Kyrie 3. But if court feel and traction are your only concerns then these might be your new best friend.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Decent, affordable shoe, especially if you are a small guard. Personally I didn't really like these shoes but at $120 they are definitely a decent performer.
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7.8
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Kyrie 3 is a solid shoe, but I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed. And this admittedly comes from the high expectations I had after liking the first two shoes so much. But from the design, to the cushioning, to the comfort, it’s just not what I’d hoped for.
7.7
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Overall, I like the Kyrie 3 but I am not crazy about it. Not in my top-3 rotation, but a good sneaker with a fair price. Especially quick guards will like the traction and court feel.
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7.4
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
I did thoroughly enjoy the shoe, particularly the materials and the traction. It's such a minimalistic shoe that Nike almost had everything working in unison -- almost. More cushion is definitely a much-needed necessity and a well thought out execution with support would suffice. This is a shoe for players that cut heavily, need minimalistic cushion, and rely on that court-feel.
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7.4
Schwollo
Not the best value out there but a good performer overall...The Kyrie 3 just feels like a quick high cut tennis shoe for players that value lateral quickness over everything else.
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Traction of the Nike Kyrie 3:

9.5
RicheeKim
This traction is beastly!
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10.0
KickGenius
Traction was by far my favorite part of this shoe. Aggressive Herringbone pattern allowed me to move in any direction
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
Incredible, even on a dusty court the traction is amazing.
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Near perfection is the simplest way to describe the setup [of traction pattern]
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction did a pretty good job, however I did have a few slips here and there on a dusty court.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The cupped sole of the Kyrie 3 not only has sticky traction ... it has lots of it.
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The court feel is absolutely excellent. The traction on these is very, very good, even on outdoor courts.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe utilizes an aggressive herringbone ... allowing a guard like [Kyrie] to aggressively change directions without losing any time
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8.0
Schwollo
Overall traction is very good overall but I feel the Kyrie 2 provided better consistent traction overall

Cushion of the Nike Kyrie 3:

7.0
RicheeKim
The Kyrie 3 feels like rocks on your feet.
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7.0
KickGenius
Apart from the little zoom unit in the heel you get nothing. But this setup didn't bother me
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6.0
The Sole Brothers
I can't feel the zoom unit, the cushion is rock hard and impact protection sucks.
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5.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 3 has no cushion aside from the heel Zoom Air unit.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Very minimal cushioning but very responsive.
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5.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I could feel the lack of impact protection in my feet, knees and back after every run.
6.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
It's not an overly cushioned shoe but comfort is decent. Impact-protection practically non-existent.
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5.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Um…what cushion?
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6.0
Schwollo
Cushioning is very firm on the Kyrie 3

Materials of the Nike Kyrie 3:

7.5
RicheeKim
Materials are a huge improvement over the Kyrie 2.
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8.0
KickGenius
Nice materials to contain your movements.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
Kind of cheap-looking mesh. Very supportive, no stretch.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
... and I really love the materials
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Materials are good but nothing special. Very unbreathable.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe is minimalistic yet effective in the usage of materials and it worked very well.
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7.0
Schwollo
I think the materials are fine and don’t affect playability

Support of the Nike Kyrie 3:

9.0
RicheeKim
The support is crazy good!
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Ankle support isn't the best. Lockdown is very good, there is no slipping.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The support features are basic throughout
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Support and lockdown is hugging my feet perfectly.
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7.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
... my ankles felt safe and secure... the collar was a bit uncomfortable
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The lockdown is good, but not great.Foot Support is amazing, ankle support is only okay.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
There is an internal shank plate for torsional support, an internal heel counter to keep your foot locked in place
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7.0
Schwollo
Overall just a solid supportive and stable shoe.

Fit of the Nike Kyrie 3:

9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Great fit for narrow feet , no toe room at all.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I felt locked in the entire time without a single issue
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
First impression was very comfortable and a lot less narrow then the previous Kyrie models.
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10.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
If basketball sneakers were judged solely on fit, this would be among the absolute top tier of sneakers I’ve ever played in
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The lockdown felt great from heel to forefoot and there was no deadspace at all.
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9.0
Schwollo
After a few hours of break in time, you almost forget they are on your feet as the upper softens up.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is actually really hard so you can play these outdoors.
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good
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Yes, they’ll last outdoors.
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fair
Schwollo
The outsole and the upper is made of durable material which should work well outdoors.

Width of the Nike Kyrie 3:

slightly narrow
RicheeKim
Runs a little bit narrow.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
A little narrow
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Wide footers may find them to be a bit on the narrow side so going up 1/2 size may be required for some.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
If you have a very wide foot go up half a size.
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slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Runs a little bit narrow through the middle of the foot. If you have super wide feet these will probably not for you.
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slightly narrow
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
For those with super-wide feet, consider 1/2 size up but I do recommend trying these on in store first.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
very wide footers will probably want to go up half a size

Size of the Nike Kyrie 3:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Runs true to size
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Take them true to size.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Definitely true to size
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true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
true to size
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true to size
Schwollo
I bought my true to size 11 and initially thought I should have gone up half a size. However, after playing in them a few weeks, true to size was the way to go.
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