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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.



The Best Basketball Shoes of 2013

There are so many options when it comes to finding the best basketball shoes, so to make things easier, I’ve put together a list of the best basketball shoes you can find today.Now before you even begin to look at which shoes are best, I suggest you go back and read this post which outlines what to look for when buying the best basketball shoes for you. 

 

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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 Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support



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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 Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes



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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 Best Low Top Basketball Shoes



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The Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet

Some of us have feet that are a little flatter than others, and because of this, require a little extra support. Without the proper arch support, flat footed individuals are more likely to be injured while playing basketball. So below is a list of the best basketball shoes for flat feet. Read on and enjoy!
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Best Men’s Basketball Shoes Under $70

Not every basketball player wants to spend hundreds on dollars on their tennis shoes, and quite frankly they shouldn’t have to. So below is a list of the best men’s basketball shoes for the budget minded. Now, they won’t have as many advanced features as some of the more expensive basketball shoes, but they still get the job done.

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Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes

The best basketball shoes for outdoors are much more durable than your typical indoor basketball shoes. Below are three pairs of basketball shoes that I feel are great for playing basketball outdoors. Each shoe offers different benefits. I outlined each shoes features, hopefully one works for you!

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Best Adidas Basketball Shoes for 2013

Adidas may not have as many basketball shoes to offer as Nike does, but they have a few pair that really get the job done. I’ve done some digging, read a ton of reviews, and worn them myself to see what each pair offers.

You’ll see me repeat certain phrases and redefine certain words, but that’s only because I know not everyone will jump around the page and will not read the description for each shoe.

Read on and enjoy!

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Best Nike Basketball Shoes for 2013

Below is a list of the best Nike basketball shoes currently available. I’ve done some digging, read a ton of reviews, and worn them myself to see what each pair offers. You’ll see me repeat certain phrases and redefine certain words, but that’s only because I know not everyone will read the description for each shoe. Read on and enjoy!

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