Review: Nike Kyrie 5

The Kyrie 5 launches as not necessarily an enormously hyped model for casual wearers, but an update to a quality performance line.

The most immediately differentiating aspect from the Kyrie 4 is that the 5 is definitely more built in the forefoot, owing to the new Zoom Turbo unit under the ball of the foot (the previous model had Zoom rather in the heel). As a result, jumping in them favors the midfoot in both take-off and landing. The arch is also built up a little more and might bother flat feet. The sole has excellent grip,┬áno matter if you’re sidestepping onto your forefoot or the entire thing.

The grip and stability of the shoe are excellent.


The new “Venus flytrap-inspired” lockdown system is very good at its job, although the ankle isn’t quite as snug, in comparison. Whether or not a looser ankle bothers you is likely determinant by your playing style.

The new lockdown system works great, but adds weight and heat.

One point is the new Zoom Turbo. Unlike most of the previous heel/forefoot-specific units, this one is segmented. It will be interesting to see if this will be implemented in training or running models in the future.

Left: Traditional forefoot Zoom. Right: New Zoom Turbo unit.

The Nike Kyrie 5 is not a step up or down from last year’s model. Rather, it’s a lateral move that changes the feel slightly. It shouldn’t effect your play style, it just shifts where its features are located within the shoe.


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