Nike Kyrie 4 Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$119.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
12/2017
Outdoor Rating:
67%
# of Reviews:
10
Traction
8.4
Cushion
8.7
Material
8.7
Support
9.0
Fit
8.9
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Improved cushion
  • Fair price

CONS:

  • Less traction than previous Kyrie models

Summary of 10 Expert Reviews:

The Kyrie 4 is the best overall performer of the Kyrie signature line and works well across all categories. The cushioning is much more comfortable than in previous models and provides great impact protection while still offering responsive court feel. The engineered mesh upper and suede feel comfortable and supportive and provide a great 1:1 fit - there is no heel slippage or lateral movement. The traction doesn't quite live up to the levels of the Kyrie 3 or 2 but is still decent and requires minimal wiping. At $120 retail, this is a great pick for everybody that is looking for a well-rounded basketball shoe.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.1
RicheeKim
At $120, the Kyrie 4 is an absolute steal! This is a very well constructed shoe and an absolute beast on the court. Probably my favorite shoe to play in right now!
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Overall, the Nike Kyrie 4 is Nike’s best performer this year. There’s just enough cushion for most, solid traction, fantastic fit and adequate support — and all of comes at a “team” friendly price point of $120.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 4 is the best Kyrie to date. This shoe has everything and is Nike’s best all-around hooping kick right now.
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9.0
PureKicks
This is the best Kyrie signature shoe ever. The traction is amazing and the cushion and materials are vastly improved.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 4 is one of Nike’s best-performing signature shoes that works well at all positions.
8.6
The Sole Brothers
The Kyrie 4 is a phenomenal addition to the Kyrie line. It comes with improved cushioning and materials, great fit and support. The traction is a little disappointing, but for $120 these are a great pickup!
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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Definitely the best shoe in the Kyrie signature line so far. Perfect for quick guards who don't rely a lot on impact protection.
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8.4
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I had a lot of fun in the Kyrie 4! I give them a B+ - it's not quite elite, but almost there. However, at a $120 price these offer great value!
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8.4
Schwollo
All in all, the Kyrie 4 is a solid shoe that does everything fairly well, while doing nothing outstanding or really poorly. Cushioning has improved, the traction is decent overall and I really liked the comfort of the plush interior.
8.3
KickGenius
Overall, I am satisfied with the Kyrie 4. Minimal break-in time, great traction and a fair price. The Kyrie 4 gets the job done!
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Traction of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.0
RicheeKim
Overall, the traction of the solid colorway is nice and requires minimal wiping.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This multi-directional herringbone traction pattern worked really nicely.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The traction did a great job after it broke in.
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9.0
PureKicks
Not the best traction of the Kyrie line, but still amazing.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The multi-directional herringbone works well, but some break-in time and occasional wiping is required.
6.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction started of really slippery but gut better after a break-in period. Unfortunately, it remained pretty inconsistent and never lived up to the high standards of previous Kyrie models.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction was hit or miss with the Kyrie 4. Dusty courts can be problematic.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction is pretty solid but I had to wipe pretty much any chance I got.
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8.0
Schwollo
Overall, traction works well on clean floors and is serviceable on dusty floors but there are better options than the Kyrie 4 traction.
9.0
KickGenius
The traction on the Kyrie 4 is really aggressive.
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Cushion of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.0
RicheeKim
The full-length cushlon provides cushion and impact protection without sacrificing court feel and responsiveness. I really enjoy this cushion setup.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Cushion is the best it’s ever been in any Kyrie model.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
This setup is ideal for players looking for court feel that still need some adequate impact protection.
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9.0
PureKicks
The full-length Cushlon feels soft under your feet and is a great balance for guards and even bigger guys.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
As a big man I enjoyed the setup.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
Wow - what an improvement! The zoom unit in the heel and the full-length cushlon sole provide great impact protection, nice heel-to-toe transition and a responsive court feel. Amazing!
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
By far the best cushioning setup in the Kyrie line, but still pretty firm. I would have liked more impact protection.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Nike Zoom unit in the heel and Cushlon foam in the forefoot is a great improvement over the Kyrie 3.
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8.0
Schwollo
Heel cushioning is great and the cushlon sole is more comfortable than Phylon, but performs only decently to me during play.
8.0
KickGenius
Low-profile cushioning is a great balance between impact protection and court feel.
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Materials of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.0
RicheeKim
Engineered mesh upper feels good and the suede on the back is a nice touch.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Lightweight engineered mesh, nylon and suede heel - doesn't feel cheap at all!
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
We don't get anything premium but get some decent materials that come close.
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9.0
PureKicks
The materials are good and feel comfortable straight out of the box this time.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Engineered mesh and suede are a great mix at this price.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The material is nice, simple and gets the job done! One of the best materials used in the Kyrie line.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials are really nice and don't require any break-in period.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I love the sued leather panels, but the nylon backed mesh is a little disappointing.
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8.0
Schwollo
Materials and build quality are about what you’d expect at the $120 retail price.
8.0
KickGenius
The mesh and flywire feel fair.
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Support of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.5
RicheeKim
For me, this is one of the best support systems I ever experienced in a basketball shoe. Great lockdown and no side-to-side movement at all.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Support on the Kyrie 4 was something I had no issues with.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I felt very secure.
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9.0
PureKicks
Gives you all the support and lockdown a quick guard needs.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The "teeth" stabilize you laterally and the heel counter locks you down nicely.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
No heel slippage, no lateral movement, overall great support.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traditional flywire lacing system, broad base, and internal heel counter provide great support.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Very smooth heel-to-toe transition, the support is my favorite feature of the Kyrie 4.
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9.0
Schwollo
Overall I feel support and stability are very good and even better than the Kyrie 3. Nice job Nike!
8.0
KickGenius
The support is fair and works well for smaller guys. Bigger guys might look for more support.
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Fit of the Nike Kyrie 4:

9.0
RicheeKim
The half-bootie upper, traditional lacing system and narrow cut provide a great 1-1 fit after a short break-in period.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I always felt secure in the shoe and never felt my foot sliding around at any time
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
As long as you tie these kicks up nice and snug you will be good to go.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie series has always been solid from a fit standpoint.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit is super nice and comfortable.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I had some problems with the heel digging into my Achilles, but after breaking them in they became more comfortable.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Kyrie 4 fits like a glove.
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9.0
Schwollo
The plush interior is comfortable and provides enough wiggle room to accommodate different foot shapes. There was no lateral movement or heel slippage at all!

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
PureKicks
A solid rubber colorway should be good outdoors.
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no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty soft, we wouldn't recommend outdoor use.
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good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction pattern is thick enough for outdoor use.
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Width of the Nike Kyrie 4:

very narrow
RicheeKim
The Kyrie 4 runs very narrow in my opinion, I went up half a size because of my slightly wide feet.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Wide footers may want to consider going up 1/2 size.
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very narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 4 may be difficult for wide footers to enjoy.
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slightly narrow
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Wider-footers might need a half size up.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is slightly narrow but less so than the Kyrie 3.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
They are a little narrow in the front.
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slightly wide
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I had a little dead space in the toe box.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers will probably want to go up half a size due to the narrow midfoot.

Size of the Nike Kyrie 4:

true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe fits snug but true to size.
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true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
True to size for narrow feet.
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true to size
PureKicks
Fits true to size.
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true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Generally, I’d say true to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Kyrie 4 runs true to size.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
True to size.
true to size
KickGenius
If you are usually wearing a 10 - then get a 10!
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