Nike KD V Elite Basketball Sneakers
  • It's just wide enough to keep the foot secure but still comfortable enough during long stretches, though comfort is a bit of an issue during extended court time
  • There's caged Zoom Air for cushioning and some Phylon for the midsole, but I can't help but think this isn't the best Zoom unit made by Nike
  • I'd recommend the LeBron X Low instead, which offers better performance and thus better value for money


    • by poyayan
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      If you’ve seen my reviews, you might find that I’m a bit of a Hyperfuse fan. However, I’m also a Kevin Durant fan. I liked the Zoom KD IV enough, but skipped on the KD V. However, the KD V Elite is a whole ‘nother level—after all, it’s what KD himself wore during the 2013 NBA Playoffs. The model is a little pricey, but I saved up enough to be able to get the white/tour-yellow/photo-blue variant.

      As I’ve mentioned, the KD V Elite is quite pricey. It’s at $180 in the US, but it’s at around PhP8,500 here, which translates to around $20 price padding. Still, any Nike


      sneaker branded ‘Elite’ is sure to fetch for a considerable sum. Let me tell you now, you’re bound to get better value with the normal KD V than the Elites if you’re going to use the shoe extensively for playing hoops. I imagine the premium materials used in the construction of the shoe, like carbon fiber and the Nike technology Flywire, contributed considerably to the final price tag.

      Unlike other low-top Nike models, the KD V Elite is more faithful to the listed size, so keep that in mind if you’re purchasing this model (especially when you order from online stores). It’s just wide enough to keep the

      foot secure but still comfortable enough during long stretches, though comfort is a bit of an issue during extended court time.

      The outsole features pretty much the same pattern as the one on the KD V, and it offers enough traction on wooden floors. There’s caged Zoom Air for cushioning and some Phylon for the midsole, but I can’t help but think this isn’t the best Zoom unit made by Nike. Cushioning pretty much stays the same even after breaking in the shoe, and it gets pretty stiff sometimes.

      As for ventilation, there are some slits in the tongue, and that’s pretty much it. Your foot gets to breathe ...

      • Nike KD V Elite Basketball Sneakers
      enough, I’d say, but it would still help to have some other source of air to keep you running cool especially during extended play.

      While the shoe suffers from breathability and cushioning, support is extensive on the KD V Elite. Carbon fiber in the heel and in the shank amid the sole helps, and a TPU cage around the shoe is an excellent source of support as well. I’m also glad all the premium materials didn’t add significantly to the weight of the shoe, because it’s not really pleasant to ball in a heavy low-top. It’s not Hyperfuse level, but it’s light enough to stay bearable for extended periods of time.

      To sum up, I’d say the KD V Elite is better suited as a sneaker you wear off-court rather than on the court. It looks good, arguably as good as any Nike has released so far this year and certainly much, much better than the recently released KD VI. However, it’s not all that great for basketball games because there are much better alternatives out there in terms of performance.

      That, coupled with the comparatively steep price tag, contributes to the score of this shoe in my review. I’d recommend the LeBron X Low instead, which offers better performance and thus better value for money.

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