This is a great shoe thanks to all the technologies in it. The attention to detail is fantastic and has led to a shoe that has no obvious flaws
The upper is a breathable mesh that conforms quite well to the foot but unless you tighten the laces properly, it can cause pressure across your toes as it creases inwards.
The heel clip is sturdy and helps the shoe keep it’s shape, but can make the shoe difficult to get on and off. This is because it holds its shape a little too well and won’t bend to allow the foot in.
The Nike Zoom unit and the airbag in the back help to make this a comfortable to move around in. These also seem to help with leaping as it feels like it is pushing you out of the ground to give you extra height. Combined with the outsole, this makes for a great basketball shoe.
The outsole is the crowning jewel of this shoe as it has some of the best traction in the basketball game today. It starts with some Nike Free grooves to allow more motion in the foot. The is a tooth at the front to keep some shape when the Nike Free is in usage. There is also small nodules on the bottom of the shoe to cause traction. The nodules splay out to grip the floor like a race car’s wheels do. This is what leads to the superior traction.
Overall, this is a great shoe for basketball and is superior to most others in almost every way. The only possible flaw is that it is not as aesthetically pleasing to look at as the Kobe 9 Elite, but if they released a high, Flyknit edition, then that is taken care of.
This is a good shoe for fast movers and corner cutters, but can be too tight to be comfortable for some. There is great traction and potential for this line to grow and for Kyrie to reach even higher levels of superstardom.
The aesthetic design overall is very appealing and the heel clip especially is eye catching due to its lifestyle appearance to make it seem more wearable off court. The solid but flexible upper helps the shoe keep it’s shape going around tight corners but can make the shoe difficult to put on and take off.
The outsole is all traction with the exception of a small circle in the middle that has Kyrie’s Nike Initials inside. With the traction rising up the sides and front of the shoe as well, this shoe is ideal for making tight turns without losing grip or any of the push off speed.
The strap that holds the front of the shoe across the toes is very effective, maybe too effective. If you have a wider foot than normal, the strap will most definitely be uncomfortable or even painful. If your foot is average, it may only be uncomfortable, or simply make the shoe difficult to put on.
Overall, this is a good shoe if your foot is of regular size, but if your foot is not, this shoe may become uncomfortable and sometimes painful. However, if you can wear this shoe, it is great for moving around the court to help give you an edge around your opponents.