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Nike Kyrie 5 VS Kyrie 6 Performance Review

If you are a fan of Nike Kyrie, you must be very familiar with the Kyrie 5 and even if you are not, you also might have learnt the popularity of Kyrie 5 because it had aroused  heated debates in  the society before it was launched. So when Kyrie 6 was released, people all had high expectation of it. Then how about its actual performance?

The heel, the velcro strap, the front part, the tongue and the upper are respectively made of 5 different materials, all of them much more solid than that of PG3 I wear oftenest. Besides, the texture of the shoe feels rather nice especially the heel part. What’s more, for my money, it is the plastic reinforcement of the fore part that attracts me most, bringing less pressure to my feet.

As regards the wrapping of Kyrie 6, it is excellent. Those having been used to the wrapping of Kyrie 5, certainly, will perfectly adapted to Kyrie 6’s wrapping. A highlight of the shoe is the asymmetric shoelaces which is designed to enhance wrapping.

For the cushioning, Air Zoom Turbo performs no worse than that of the Kyrie 5. Since I chanced to have both Kyrie 5 and Kyrie 6, I think I have a say in this respect. Based on the ground of my experience, the cushions of the two pair of shoes are fantastic and they are advantages of the shoes.

Kyrie 6 starts up very quickly, which is more than suitable for some players seeking speed. However, you had better choose a suitable size with some efforts because the size of Kyrie 6 tends to be a bit smaller than really is. And if you by mistake have bought a unsuitable size, you’ll feel the fore part somewhat spacious. So here I highly recommend you go and try the shoe on store.

It is widely said that Kyrie 6 continues to maintain the nice anti-rollover performance of previous versions. For this part, I haven’t come across any related problem but you can as well expect something of it. Some users comment that the shoe is very stable and the tusklike anti-rollover design is evidence. So whether on court or out of court, we can see that Nike has always been sparing no efforts in improving Kyrie series.

It is normal that many people will concern about the durability of the shoe and the outsole. After all, it is the sneaker that will accompany us on the “fierce” courts. So when it comes to the durability, I always attach great importance to it. The outsole is made of XDR and after 6 hours’ playing, it showed no scratches or wear. This is a reliable partner you can fall your back on.

To sum up, Kyrie 6 is a far cry from the previous editions. It has been upgraded greatly. The appearance is nice and there are some other colorways for you to pick up. Over time many people will ask me a question, “Is there any model that attracts you most?” My answer must be Kyrie 5 and Kyrie 6 because it is they that are the most reliable and helpful companions fore me.

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Nike Kyrie 6 Performance Review

On the basketball court, In addition to the fantastic dunk  that receives much popularity, the changeable Crossover is also a big point of interest that catches the audience’s eyes and can win their applause. At this point I guess you might have thought of Kyrie Irving. And in order to suit the style of Kyrie Irving, Nike has also released a brand-new pair of signature shoes: the Nike Kyrie 6.

As can be seen in the picture that Nike Kyrie 6’s  toe design is relatively flat, so I have to pick a bigger size and here I must suggest you all that you had better go to stores and have a try in case you buy a unsuitable size in one go and then you will get bothered.

The Kyrie 6 is overall a comfortable shoe. The interior part of the shoe is filled with foam lining and so is the case for the shoe tongue.

The upper is mainly divided into two parts by the mesh in the forefoot and the leather in the rear part. The mesh in the fore part is a bit hard though, it needs some time to be softened and as soon as you get used to it, it fares quite smoothly. In terms of the rear vamp with a padded collar, it is soft, improving comfort and support. With the enough thickness of the vamp and the shoelaces, the shoe offers a nice wrapping for wearers.

The back part is designed not only to provide support for the ankle but also flexibility, thus making it suitable for the majority of people who want some ankle protection but don’t want to feel restricted.

What has to be pointed out is that the velcro strap is a beloved setup for some while it can also be a hindrance for others. 

In this Nike Kyrie 6, the Velcro extends from the inside to outside, which as well provides some support on the inner arch of the foot. On the other hand, the Velcro strap is smooth and compatible, bringing no any discomfort. To sum up, the Velcro strap not only enhances wrapping of the overall shoe, but the overall support and stability.

Parts of the Kyrie 6 shoelace buckle have been modified: removing the Flywire design on either side of the toe. By the means will not the tight laces cause any discomfort as the previous Flywire designs have been known to make the toe too tight and uncomfortable.

The forefoot of the shoe adopts the same kind of design from the previous version, the Nike Air Zoom Turbo. But Kyrie 6 differs from Nike Air Zoom Turbo in that its  ZOOM TURBO in the midsole can bounce back significantly when pressed and it responds quickly as well in terms of emergency and start-ups.

However ,it is sad that Kyrie 6 does not improve much with respect to the cushioning in the rear midsole. Compared with the previous ones, the midsole foam will be a bit softer but when it comes to the cushioning performance, then it is not that satisfying.

Because Kyrie 6 is a signature shoe, it has its own features that can not be seen in other shoes, say, the grip system. The outsole pattern characterizes with an all-seeing eye and multi-angle flytrap leaf design to provide excellent and multi-angle grip. With the addition of XDR durable rubber, no matter in indoor or outdoor basketball court KYRIE 6 can rise to the occasion.

Well, some of you must have found a number of details that inherits from the previous editions, say, the Hamsa, All-seeing Eye and  his motto, Hungry and Humble, indicating his personal style and belief in his family.

Some people must feel the shoe rather familiar. Well, this is quite normal for the design of the Kyrie 6 was also inspired by and referenced in detail by the NIKE AIR YEEZY 2 which is also one of Kyrie Irving’s favorite shoe.


To sum up, the Kyrie 6 is a nice companion on court. It offers excellent grip, sufficient wrapping and support. The forefoot AIR ZOOM TURBO cushion responds nicely and the velcro strap to some extent increases the level of the appearance notwithstanding the midsole foam that requires more improving. You can just have a try or if you happen to be  a fan of KYRIE IRVING, then I am sure it will win over your love easily.