Nike Kyrie 5 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$129.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
11/2018
Outdoor Rating:
30%
# of Reviews:
9
Traction
8.2
Cushion
8.0
Material
7.9
Support
9.0
Fit
8.6
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Great ankle support
  • A lot of court feel

CONS:

  • Traction takes a while to break-in

Summary of 9 Expert Reviews:

The latest shoe in the Kyrie signature series is very similar to previous shoes in the series. It focuses on support and court-feel and gives you the ability for quick crossovers and creative attacks of the basket. The new Nike Zoom Air Turbo cushioning remains firm and is clearly optimized for court feel - if you are looking for comfortable shoes with a lot of impact protection, then you won't be happy with the Kyrie 5. Overall, this is a very supportive shoe that works best for guards looking to imitate Kyrie's playing style.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kyrie 5:

9.3
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Simply put, the Kyrie 5 is a fantastic shoe for the money, and would be a fantastic shoe at any price.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I really like the Nike Zoom Air Turbo and the Flytrap shroud. The Kyrie 5 is an upgrade over the Kyrie 4 and works best for quick players who prefer court feel over soft cushioning.
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8.8
The Sole Brothers
I love these! If you liked the Kyrie 2 or 4, then you are going to love the Kyrie 5.
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8.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike Kyrie 5 offers plenty of court feel, a little bit of cushion, great lockdown and aggressive traction wrapped up in a lightweight package.
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8.7
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 5 is a fun shoe that caters to the needs of those that play a more grounded game and require unrestricted mobility.
8.3
Schwollo
This is a very good shoe that does everything well with great traction, fit, and decent cushioning.
8.2
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The Kyrie 5 is a very solid shoe. The main pros are lockdown and court feel, cons are the cushioning of the outsole and the lacking padding of the inner material.
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7.6
PureKicks
The Kyrie 5 is a solid shoe. The support and cushioning are great, but the traction is disappointing.
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7.6
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Kyrie 5 probably won't find its way back into my gym bag any time soon - the traction was just too bad in my pair.
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Traction of the Nike Kyrie 5:

9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Like any sneaker, you’ll need to swipe now and then for maximum grip, but the traction is excellent right out of the box!
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is hit and miss. In the beginning it is really slippery on dusty courts, but it gets better after breaking it in. On clean courts, the traction is great.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction bites really hard on clean courts. On dusty courts, it' a little more inconsistent.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction works well, even on the worst courts.
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9.5
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The traction was exceptional.
8.0
Schwollo
Works great on clean floors but needs ocassional wiping on dusty courts.
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The traction is still very good, but it's a step back from the Kyrie 4.
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7.0
PureKicks
For a Kyrie model, the traction is a little disappointing. Picks up a lot of dust and performance is very inconsistent.
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6.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Straight out of the box, the traction was awful. After the break-in, on some days the traction was solid, other days it was terrible. Overall, the experience was very inconsistent.
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Cushion of the Nike Kyrie 5:

10.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Air Zoom Turbo bag is truly outstanding, and responsive from any angle. This may very well be my new favorite cushioning from Nike.
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning feels very similar to the Kyrie 4. Very low-to-the-ground, responsive with great heel-to-toe-transition.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
Solid impact protection, nice heel-to-toe transition, and bouncy feel of the Nike Zoom Air in the forefoot. Overall, the setup is rather stiff and responsive like we are used to from Kyrie signature models.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The new Zoom Air Turbo gives a nice minimal under-foot feel while offering a fast, fluid and agile ride.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe is designed for maximum court-feel; the cushion isn’t overly bouncy, it does its job.
8.0
Schwollo
The new Noom Turbo is technically improved but I still prefer the softer Zoom of the Kyrie 4.
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The cushioning is not great, but it gets the job done. Court feel is great though.
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8.0
PureKicks
Forefoot Nike Zoom Turbo sounds like a gimmick but works really well.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Air Zoom Turbo is a more low-profile version of Nike Zoom Air and provides a lot of court feel and explosiveness.
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Materials of the Nike Kyrie 5:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The engineered mesh feels really nice and needs very little break-in time.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials don't feel premium in-hand but they get the job done!
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The engineered mesh takes a little to break-in but gets the job done.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The engineered Mesh is nice, lightweight and breaks-in rather quickly
7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I would have loved more padding inside the shoe.
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7.0
PureKicks
The engineered mesh is supportive, durable, breathable but also pretty stiff.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials are pretty much 100% mesh. They get the job done, but there are better options out there.
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Support of the Nike Kyrie 5:

9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The overall fit and lockdown are so good that the heel has nowhere to move and the collar-padding eliminates any slipping or sliding.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I like the lockdown provided by the Flytrap shroud and the stability of the less-rounded outsole.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
Really good ankle support, very wide base and great lateral containment.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The support is solid - I have no complaints.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe keeps you secure on the footbed and fully locked-in.
8.0
Schwollo
Fairly high and stiff ankle collar and firm heel counter provide good support.
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
No slippage, no internal movement, absolutely no dead space. I felt securely locked in at all times.
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9.0
PureKicks
This is probably the most supportive guard shoe currently on the market.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Support is very similar to previous Kyrie models.
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Fit of the Nike Kyrie 5:

9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Kyrie 5 is really hard to get on but once the shoe is laced up, the experience is hard to beat.
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little difficult to get on, but the comfort and fit were absolutely solid for me.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
I love the fit of the Kyrie 5.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Top of my foot felt snug and secure but not restrictive.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
This is probably one of the best locked down shoes to date.
9.0
Schwollo
The Kyrie 5 fits great out of the box with no heel slip or side to side movement.
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The fit is really snug, but if I wear thin socks, these fit nicely.
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7.0
PureKicks
The fit is good for narrow feet but I struggled mightily with my wider feet.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The fit provided a snug 1:1 experience but could have been a little more comfortable for me.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The rubber held up pretty well outdoors.
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fair
The Sole Brothers
The rubber grooves are super deep and pretty durable.
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fair
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Outdoor players will also enjoy the traction, even if it doesn’t last as long as they may want it to.
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no
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
I would suggest playing with these indoor mainly.
no
PureKicks
I wouldn't recommend outdoor use because the rubber compound is extremely soft.
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Width of the Nike Kyrie 5:

slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Slightly narrow, but not enough to go up half a size.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
A little tight at first, but the materials stretch out over time.
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very narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Kyrie 5 fits very snug.
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very narrow
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Snugggg! If you have a slightly wide-foot like myself, I say go 1/2 size up to save yourself from a lack of blood flow.
very narrow
Schwollo
As a wide footer, I went up half a size to 11.5 and they fit me perfectly.
slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The fit is very snug.
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very narrow
PureKicks
The Kyrie 5 fits extremely snug.
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Size of the Nike Kyrie 5:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Kyrie 5 runs true to size.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
True to size is what I’d go with if possible.
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true to size
Schwollo
True to size fit but Kyries are not that fat feet friendly.
true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Run true to size.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went true to size
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