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.


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.


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.

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