Best Basketball Shoes: Nike KD VI Review

I was really excited when I saw the teaser images of the KD VI’s. I loved the sleek, almost futuristic design, and if the KD V’s were any indicator, the VI’s were sure to perform amazingly well on the court. So I’m really happy to review the KD VI’s for you.

Kevin Durant’s star has been steadily increasing, year after year, and he’s now solidified his place among the NBA’s elite. And with that stardom, his signature line is becoming more prominent and pushing the boundaries.

If you take a look at the KD II’s, you’ll see they retailed for $85, which is significantly lower than the the VI’s. But does the increased price point mean the performance has increased as well? Let’s take a look.

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The Cons:

The first thing you’ll notice about the KD VI’s is the design of the tongue. Instead of the tongue connecting at the bottom of the shoe near your toes, it connects directly to the upper.

What does this mean for you?

Well because of this design, a few sneaker heads and basketball enthusiasts have complained about the fit. The construction of the tongue prevents you from lacing them up tightly and getting a good secure fit. While that may not be an issue for you if you have wide feet, it could mean for a bit of an uncomfortable fit. I know I like my basketball shoes to lock down tightly, especially when the shoes are low top. That’s what I liked about the Kobe 8′s so much. So the KD VI’s lose some points for that.

Another complaint about the KD VI’s (again relating to the tongue) is that it’s not padded enough which causes some discomfort when you’re playing.

But take these cons with a grain of salt. Every shoe is going to fit every person in a different way. Just because a shoe fits perfectly on my foot, doesn’t mean that it’s going to fit perfectly on your foot, and vice versa. Try them on if you can. I’m just giving you an unbiased opinion based on my own experiences and what I’m hearing from others who have tried the shoes.

The Pros:

The traction on the KD VI’s is similar to the KD V’s, which were great to me. I stepped on the court and the felt a good stick immediately. There were some complaints that they don’t hold up to well on dusty floors, but I feel that’s a given with most basketball shoes. They’re constructed for cleaner surfaces.

Another positive here is the cushioning. There’s not much to say other than they feel great on your foot and the comfort holds up even after playing for an extended period of time.

Lastly, I know a concern of mine with all low top shoes is support. I don’t want to roll an ankle, or sprain a foot. But the KD VI’s, even with their quasi lock down issues, still provide a great amount of support. They’re not on par with the Kobe’s (can you tell yet how much I like the Kobe’s?) but they definitely get the job done.

Overall:

The major difference between the KD V’s and the KD VI’s is in the design. But from a performance standpoint, the two shoes are pretty much on par with each, some may even favor the KD V’s because of their superb lockdown. Overall, the V’s are great shoes and if you’re looking for a superior low top shoes, I’d recommend these ones.

Here’s a video by Nightwing 2303 from Kicks on Court reviewing the KD VI’s.

Best Place to Buy Basketball Shoes

When you’re trying to find the best basketball shoes, there’s so many different places to buy from that the options can overwhelm you. Below, I’ll outline a few of my favorite places to buy the best basketball shoes, hopefully making the process a little easier for you.

Amazon.com

Amazon, which originally started off as on online bookstore, has blossomed into a one-stop shop for just about everything, including basketball shoes. They have one of the LARGEST selections of basketball shoes, some that you can’t find anywhere else.

Amazon also tends to be cheaper than the big guys like Finish Line and Footlocker, only because there’s so many different suppliers fighting for the same customer. And in the end it’s us, the consumers, who benefit from that competition. When you walk into Foot Locker, there really isn’t any competition at that exact moment. But when you’re on amazon, there’s probably a whole slew of related products from other suppliers everywhere on the page.

In addition to have better deals and cheaper prices, often times Amazon has special editions of certain basketball shoes (like these limited edition Kobe’s). You’d be hard pressed to find those elsewhere without being a serious “sneaker head”. Amazon allows the average consumer to be part of the “in crowd”. And it’s pretty cool when you can step foot on a court, and nobody else has the same shoes you have on.

Finally, amazon is convenient. You don’t even have to leave your house. If you drive all the way to Champs, they may not have your size. Then you have to head to another store. And then another. But when you buy basketball shoes online, the chances of you easily finding what you want increase dramatically.

So as you can see, I’m a huge proponent of getting your basketball shoes from Amazon. They’re cheaper, unique, and convenient.

Head over to Amazon now and start shopping!

Zappos.com

Now I’m cheating here a little bit because Zappos is owned by Amazon, but the major difference here is that ALL of the basketball shoes Zappos sales are great deals. They don’t carry a lot of the big name superstar shoes, but if you’re just a guy who’s looking for a solid shoe to play a pick up game in, then Zappos is the way to go.

Zappos has made a name for itself in the online shoe industry by providing the best customer service. If none of the reviews on this help you, give Zappos’ customer service a call and I guarantee that they’ll help you find the best basketball shoes for you.

Other Options 

Of course, if none of the above suit you, you can always hit the big name stores online.

Footlocker.com
Finishline.com
Eastbay.com

The important thing is, no matter where you shop, just make sure that you’re getting the best basketball shoes for you!

Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

Injured ankles are a part of basketball. Fortunately, advances in shoe tech have allowed basketball shoes today to provide maximum ankle support to prevent those injuries. In order to help those basketball players that need a little extra support in the ankles, I’ve compiled a list of the best basketball shoes for ankle support. If you’re afraid of rolling, spraining, or injuring your ankles while playing basketball, then read on below.  Continue reading

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Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes

The Under Armour company was originally known only for its apparel, then the company branched out into the running shoe arena. Fans of Under Armour who enjoy a good game of basketball can now also rejoice as Under Armour has a couple pairs of basketball shoes to offer its consumers. Under Armour doesn’t have the years of experience in basketball shoes as Nike and Adidas do, but Under Armour does have a penchant for making amazing products, and that holds true with their basketball shoes. So below I’ve reviewed the best Under Armour Basketball shoes that you can purchase today.  Continue reading

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Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

Not everyone will enjoy playing basketball in a low top pair of basketball shoes, but others, like me, enjoy the freedom of movement that comes along with playing in low top shoes. High top basketball shoes can, at times, be a bit restrictive in terms of flexibility, so the low top shoes give you a little more “breathing room”. They also tend to be a little bit lighter than their high top counterparts, which is a huge reason why I favor them. But read on below, and I’ll give you my favorite low top basketball shoes. Continue reading

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The Different Parts of a Basketball Shoe

When shopping for basketball shoes, you’ll see certain jargon used that you may not be familiar with. So I want to take the opportunity to explain the different parts of the basketball shoe in hopes that it will help you choose the best basketball shoe for you.

The typical basketball shoe is broken down into three parts, the upper, midsole, and and outsole

Upper - is the top part of the shoe. It’s main function is to provide support in the ankle area. Most shoes have an upper made up synthetic materials that offer support, flexibility, and durability.

Midsole - is the cushion that’s found within the actual shoe. The midsole is perhaps the most important part of the shoe because it is in direct contact with our foot the entire time we are wearing any basketball shoes. The purpose of the midsole is to absorb the impact your foot receives while playing basketball. Jumping, running, changing directions, and all other moves put pressure on your foot and the midsoles job is to protect your foot from that force and impact.

Outsole – is the is the bottom of the shoe. Again, this part is terribly important because the outsole is what provides you with traction. If you play in shoes that have a poor outer, you will be more likely to slip on the court and are more susceptible to have an injury. A shoe with good traction also allows you make those quick cuts that are vital to playing basketball. Most outsoles are better suited for indoor play, but there are a shoes that come with extra durable outsoles that make them safe for outdoor play as well.