Nike Kyrie 4 Shoe Review

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  • Perfect traction for quick cuts to get around your defender
  • Excellent durability and comfort
  • Lightweight yet supportive in all aspects


  • This shoe is a little bulky in some areas

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Full Review - Kyrie 4

When it comes to sick handles and eye-popping footwork, there’s no one better than Kyrie. All of these acrobatics are in part due to his signature shoe and its unique traction. An all-new form of flexible traction from Nike keeps this shoe flexible and lightning quick. The rest of the shoe performs just as well. From durable materials to a unique style, these shoes reflect everything about their namesake, both on and off the court.

Kyrie 4 Specs

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            13 oz.


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The traction department is where this shoe shines. It was engineered with Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang and Nike designer Ben Nethongkome to be the perfect shoe for maintaining Kyrie’s handles. When all the other ankles are breaking, Kyrie is able to stay on his feet (and make it around the competition) thanks to the unique tread on these shoes. It all revolves around the deep zig-zag cut that extends on the sole from heel to near the toe. This cut gives the shoe extreme flexibility while making quick cuts. When making a quick turn, the sole of the shoe spreads apart so that your foot remains at a 45-degree angle to let you explode into the next move.


When you’re making high-speed cuts, you need stability to keep your feet free of injury. Nike’s proprietary Flywire cables lock in your laces to keep your foot stable inside the shoe. Though this is a low-top sneaker, it is designed for making crazy 45-degree angle cuts. So, the sides and back do rise a little higher than normal. In reality, this is a mid-top shoe. You’ll get the perks of quick movements and ankle support all in one.


The Kyrie 4 is designed for traction and speed and accomplish this by using high-quality materials throughout. Mesh in the forefoot keeps air flowing to your foot when things heat up and keeps the shoe light. Lightweight foam in the sole adds cushion and keeps you feeling quick on your feet. Finally, premium suede is added to special areas to add durability.


As much as traction is emphasized in the Kyrie 4, they didn’t skimp on comfort. A Nike Zoom Air cushioning pocket in the heel bounces you up with each step, elevating your moves and your game. These shoes provide soft comfort and a responsive feel with each step. A soft interior is as silky smooth as Kyrie’s handles. You’ll love wearing these on the court almost as much as your opponents will hate getting crossed up with your quick moves.

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The Kyrie 4 is an innovative shoe that is built for players who rely on ultra-fast cuts to beat their opponent to the hoop. They offer plenty of stability for making those moves and keep your foot in the ideal position to do so.

If you need precision and agility on the court but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, look no further than the Kyrie 4.

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Cody Debos

About Cody Debos

On the court, Cody is an amateur 6’6” SF who loves a good pickup game. He’s currently sporting the “Opening Night” Kyrie 5’s. He has been playing basketball for over 10 years and is an avid fan. From writing about the latest shoe releases to giving advice on how to up your game, Cody loves all things basketball. His favorite NBA team is the 76ers. When he’s not on the court or writing about it, he enjoys working on his debut fiction novel and is a huge Game of Thrones fan.