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Nike Kyrie 4 Review

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

Colorways of Nike Kyrie 4:

Silver / Metallic Gold / Light Gum Brown
Silver / Metallic Gold / Light Gum Brown
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Multi-Color / Multi-Color
Multi-Color / Multi-Color
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White / Deep Royal / Gum / Light Brown
White / Deep Royal / Gum / Light Brown
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White / Multi-Color
White / Multi-Color
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Light Aqua / Neo Turquoise
Light Aqua / Neo Turquoise
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Red Orbit / Metallic Gold
Red Orbit / Metallic Gold
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Black / White / Anthracite / Light Racer Blue
Black / White / Anthracite / Light Racer Blue
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Multi-Color / Multi-Color
Multi-Color / Multi-Color
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Dark Obsidian / Black
Dark Obsidian / Black
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Pitch Blue / Metallic Gold
Pitch Blue / Metallic Gold
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White / Deep Royal Blue
White / Deep Royal Blue
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Black / Multi-Color
Black / Multi-Color
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Black / Rage Green / Black
Black / Rage Green / Black
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Black / Black
Black / Black
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Black / Black / Laser Fuchsia
Black / Black / Laser Fuchsia
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Black / Dark Grey
Black / Dark Grey
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Black / Metallic Silver
Black / Metallic Silver
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University Red / Black
University Red / Black
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Multi Color / Multi Color
Multi Color / Multi Color
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White / Black
White / Black
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Black / White
Black / White
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University Red / White
University Red / White
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Game Royal / White
Game Royal / White
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Midnight Navy / White
Midnight Navy / White
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Wolf Grey / Black
Wolf Grey / Black
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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:

The 8.7 average overall rating ranks #36 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The Kyrie 4 is one of Nike’s best-performing signature shoes that works well at all positions.
8.3
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
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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9.0
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
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
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
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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8.6
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
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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8.4
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
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.
9.1
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
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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8.4
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
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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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
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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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
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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Traction of the Nike Kyrie 4:

The 8.4 average traction rating ranks #66 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The multi-directional herringbone works well, but some break-in time and occasional wiping is required.
9.0
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
The traction on the Kyrie 4 is really aggressive.
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9.0
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
Not the best traction of the Kyrie line, but still amazing.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
The traction did a great job after it broke in.
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6.0
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
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
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
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
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
Overall, the traction of the solid colorway is nice and requires minimal wiping.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
The traction is pretty solid but I had to wipe pretty much any chance I got.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Traction was hit or miss with the Kyrie 4. Dusty courts can be problematic.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
This multi-directional herringbone traction pattern worked really nicely.
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Cushion of the Nike Kyrie 4:

The 8.7 average cushion rating ranks #53 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
As a big man I enjoyed the setup.
8.0
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
Low-profile cushioning is a great balance between impact protection and court feel.
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9.0
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
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
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
This setup is ideal for players looking for court feel that still need some adequate impact protection.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
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
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
Heel cushioning is great and the cushlon sole is more comfortable than Phylon, but performs only decently to me during play.
9.0
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
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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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
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
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
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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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Cushion is the best it’s ever been in any Kyrie model.
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Materials of the Nike Kyrie 4:

The 8.7 average materials rating ranks #43 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Engineered mesh and suede are a great mix at this price.
8.0
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
The mesh and flywire feel fair.
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9.0
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
The materials are good and feel comfortable straight out of the box this time.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
We don't get anything premium but get some decent materials that come close.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
The material is nice, simple and gets the job done! One of the best materials used in the Kyrie line.
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8.0
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
Materials and build quality are about what you’d expect at the $120 retail price.
9.0
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
Engineered mesh upper feels good and the suede on the back is a nice touch.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
I love the sued leather panels, but the nylon backed mesh is a little disappointing.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The materials are really nice and don't require any break-in period.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Lightweight engineered mesh, nylon and suede heel - doesn't feel cheap at all!
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Support of the Nike Kyrie 4:

The 8.9 average support rating ranks #31 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The "teeth" stabilize you laterally and the heel counter locks you down nicely.
8.0
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
The support is fair and works well for smaller guys. Bigger guys might look for more support.
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9.0
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
Gives you all the support and lockdown a quick guard needs.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
I felt very secure.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
No heel slippage, no lateral movement, overall great support.
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9.0
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
Overall I feel support and stability are very good and even better than the Kyrie 3. Nice job Nike!
9.5
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
Very smooth heel-to-toe transition, the support is my favorite feature of the Kyrie 4.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Traditional flywire lacing system, broad base, and internal heel counter provide great support.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Support on the Kyrie 4 was something I had no issues with.
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Fit of the Nike Kyrie 4:

The 8.9 average fit rating ranks #31 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The Kyrie series has always been solid from a fit standpoint.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
As long as you tie these kicks up nice and snug you will be good to go.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
The fit is super nice and comfortable.
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9.0
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
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!
9.0
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
The Kyrie 4 fits like a glove.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
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
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
I always felt secure in the shoe and never felt my foot sliding around at any time
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 67% average outdoor rating ranks #34 of 116 shoes overall
good
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
A solid rubber colorway should be good outdoors.
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no
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
The rubber is pretty soft, we wouldn't recommend outdoor use.
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good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Traction pattern is thick enough for outdoor use.
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Width of the Nike Kyrie 4:

slightly narrow
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Wider-footers might need a half size up.
very narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
The Kyrie 4 may be difficult for wide footers to enjoy.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
The fit is slightly narrow but less so than the Kyrie 3.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
Wide footers will probably want to go up half a size due to the narrow midfoot.
very narrow
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
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 wide
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
I had a little dead space in the toe box.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
They are a little narrow in the front.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Wide footers may want to consider going up 1/2 size.
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Size of the Nike Kyrie 4:

true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Generally, I’d say true to size.
true to size
KickGenius
January 29, 2018
If you are usually wearing a 10 - then get a 10!
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true to size
PureKicks
January 21, 2018
Fits true to size.
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true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2018
True to size for narrow feet.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
January 5, 2018
Go true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
January 5, 2018
True to size.
true to size
RicheeKim
December 29, 2017
Runs true to size.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
January 1, 2017
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The Kyrie 4 runs true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The shoe fits snug but true to size.
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