Nike Zoom KD 9 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
6/2016
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
 
8.9
Cushion
 
9.6
Material
 
8.7
Support
 
7.5
Fit
 
8.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Very comfortable cushioning
  • Snug fit

CONS:

  • Minimal support
  • Very hard to put on

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The KD9 is a clear step forward for the KD line. All reviewers highlight the good traction and the insanely comfortable cushioning. Some critics even feel that the cushioning is a little too much for a performance basketball sneaker. The one-piece bootie design is a pain to get into and the support features are minimal. Overall a very good performance sneaker that works for all types of basketball players.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Best. KD. EVER. Seriously. Besides a little less support than some need, there are no problems with this shoe. Traction — excellent. Cushioning — beyond excellent. Materials — the best Nike has to offer.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Overall, definitely get these. The cushioning feels really nice, the traction is good and the materials are super premium.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
At $150 the KD9 is a good deal considering the great performance it delivers.
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8.8
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I think this is the best overall sneaker out right now. A very versatile shoe that works for all type of players.
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8.5
KickGenius
The shoe gets the job done and performs very well. Unfortunately, the upper material is not very comfortable and the price is a little too high for what you get.
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8.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
You receive solid traction, fantastic cushion, great materials, and if you get the size that fits you best, you’ll also receive a solid and secure fit for optimal support.
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8.4
Schwollo
The KD 9 is a shoe everyone will enjoy, mainly because the fit, comfort and cushioning is amazing right out of the box. However, I need a little more support, containment, and traction during competitive play.
8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
As a performance sneaker, it just didn’t work for me. Above all else, the one thing I need to have in a shoe is confidence, and I didn’t have it in the KD 9.

Traction of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The solid outsole provides some of the best traction on clean and dusty courts.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
If you are playing on a clean court, the traction performs quite well. On a dusty court, it requires frequent wiping.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The honeycomb traction pattern performs well.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Got the job done on any court I played on.
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10.0
KickGenius
Never have I been so surprised by the traction. This sh*t is incredible!
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The rubber compound used on the versions with solid rubber outsoles will offer you incredibly sticky traction.
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8.0
Schwollo
The KD 9 features a honeycomb pattern and it works great on clean floors or when wiped.
10.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
From the first wearing on, the KD 9 offered outstanding on-court grip.

Cushion of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
This is the bouncy, responsive, energy returning Nike Zoom cushioning. Dang perfect.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
The full-length Zoom Air cushioning system feels amazing.
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Zoom cushioning is a different animal! Almost perfectly well balanced.
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10.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I fell in love with the full-length articulated Zoom.
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9.0
KickGenius
The cushioning setup is very well balanced.
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This sh*t is amazing. Smooth transition, ultimate impact protection, and ultimate responsiveness.
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10.0
Schwollo
Cushioning is fantastic and is truly the highlight of the shoe from a visual and performance standpoint.
8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
From a pure comfort standpoint, the cushioning is outstanding. But the downside is that it’s a little too soft when it comes to performance.

Materials of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
True knit that is flexible, comfy, and requires no break-in time.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The upper is very soft yet pliable and the padding inside of the shoe feels very premium.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Flyknit material is awesome.
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7.0
KickGenius
There is too much Flyknit and it is knitted way too tight. Form a performance standpoint I don't feel it.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is the best iteration of Flyknit we’ve received on a Nike Basketball model to date.
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8.0
Schwollo
I think this upper feels better than previous glue backed Flyknits by a mile.

Support of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Basically, a sock with a sole, so support structures are not at the front of the design ideas here.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The low-cut shoe doesn't offer much ankle protection but the Flyknit material provides a lot of support and lockdown.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The upper materials are so soft that containment suffers.
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7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I am a little disappointed by the lockdown and support. I am not a big fan of the one piece booty setup.
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8.0
KickGenius
Support felt great, heel lockdown is good thanks to the padding.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike KD 9’s support is essentially riding on one key aspect: the overall fit.
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7.0
Schwollo
Support isn’t anything special, in fact, it is a little lackluster.
7.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The KD 9 fell short of the lockdown I was looking for. I also found that the shoe was greatly in need of an outrigger.

Fit of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I almost pulled my shoulder out of socket getting them on
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials wrap around the foot nicely and there is no dead space in the toe area.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
If you don't have very wide feet then these are really comfortable.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
They’re hard as hell to get on my foot, but once they’re on I’m locked in perfectly.
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9.0
Schwollo
The upper really hugs the foot and gives a great one to one fit.
7.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The KD 9 features a full bootie-style upper, which is a construction method I’m not a fan of.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Outdoors? It won't last very long.
no
The Sole Brothers
This outsole is probably not ideal for outdoor use.
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no
Schwollo
I do not recommend these for outdoors due to the softness of the rubber as well as the Flyknit upper.

Width of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

slightly narrow
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I went half a size up to get my feed into the shoe.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The shoe is rather narrow.
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slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They are slightly narrow like most Kd's.
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very narrow
KickGenius
Not recommended for wide-footers.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The KD line has always run narrow.

Size of the Nike Zoom KD 9:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
Length-wise the shoe runs true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs true to size for me.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They fit true to size.
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true to size
KickGenius
You want to go true to size.
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½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I went down 1/2 size and length wise they fit perfectly.
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½ size large
Schwollo
If you have a narrow foot, go down half a size, if you have a wide foot stay true to size.