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Nike KD V (5) Performance Review

Posted: November 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (133)

They got it right on the money this time. Leo Chang deserves a round of applause for this one.


Traction – While these perform great on clean courts – as most shoes do – they were surprisingly good on dusty floors as well even with the story telling pattern. Luckily they went with a much more pliable rubber compound with the KD V versus the KD IV so you have plenty of friction between your foot and the hardwood. As a fast paced PG… I thought these were fantastic.


Cushion – Give them time to break-in and you’ll eventually fall in love with them. I personally would have liked to have fallen in love with them right from the start but impressing me each and every time I finished running in them was actually something I enjoyed as well.

The 10mm forefoot Zoom unit was a nice change of pace – usually the KD signature has a much thinner Zoom unit – and the heel Air unit was a nice addition as well. What I thought was most important was their choice in foam as that can make or break almost any cushion source since it rest directly under foot. This foam breaks in nicely and feels better with each and every wear… not something I experienced with the KD IV.


Material – Fuse is placed along the upper – a very thin layer by the way – and feels great as it wraps around the foot nicely. It still retains its shape better than any other material that we’ve seen placed on a performance sneaker and can withstand heavy beatings. You really can’t go wrong with Nike’s modern Fuse base… it’s probably one of the best synthetics around for performance footwear.


Fit – You like wearing socks right? That’s how these feel on your feet. Like I noted above, the upper wraps your foot up perfectly and once the break-in period is complete you have a sneaker that will last and feel great on foot. I personal feel going ½ size down was appropriate but try them on yourself if possible just to be sure you get the correct size.

Lockdown isn’t an issue in any area of the shoe. Midfoot lockdown is perfect, there is zero dead space at the forefoot and the heel fits perfectly and keeps you secured in place. I didn’t even have to use all the eyelets in order to achieve perfect lockdown so it felt as if I was wearing a low top even though these are mids/ highs.


Ventilation – There isn’t much ventilation but with the materials used and the superb fit, their performance isn’t hindered one bit. Basically, if you feel your ‘feet get too hot’ when playing, you either should look at something else entirely or take care of that athletes foot.


Support – Because the fit and lockdown are so great, the support is awesome. Keeping you secure in the shoe without movement provides you with all the support one would need without adding extra material. Having a lateral outrigger and stable base just improve the support by giving you some additional stability.


Overall – This is one hell of a shoe. Talk about bang for your buck too… at $115 these are a steal. Just make sure you can handle the break-in process and you will love these the way you do your favorite pair of jeans.



First Impression
Performance Teaser Pt. 1
Performance Teaser Pt. 2

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  • November 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm Chanbo

    Thanks for the review !

  • November 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm Jay

    Going by your review, would you say these KD’s are the least narrow of all Durant’s sig shoes?

    • November 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm Nightwing2303

      No, the 3 was probably the least narrow. These fit narrow at the midfoot but run a bit long so its hard to recommend a size for people given that info. Its best to try them on in store when they release.

      • December 1, 2012 at 8:10 am collins

        Prefer the Lebron X and hyperposites in terms of comfort, but if these really feel great after some break-in time, I can’t find a reason to ignore these especially at $115.

      • January 7, 2013 at 2:23 am Connor McGinnis

        Hey night wing how much do these weigh? If you don’t know could you compare the weight to like the kobe 7 or some shoe where I could find the weight? Thanks

      • January 7, 2013 at 2:24 am Connor

        What’s the weight like on these?

        • April 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm brightkicks

          it is listed on the performance score card

      • February 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm Jeremiah

        Night wing can u tell me which would be better to use for basketball kobe 7 or kd 5

  • November 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm S

    How do you compare the cushioning (foam, zoom, and max air) to the M8? The M8s were very good for me.

    • December 1, 2012 at 12:06 am Nightwing2303

      Check the previous performance teasers, links at the bottom.

      • December 16, 2012 at 4:13 am noah

        when do the kd v home release

        • December 16, 2012 at 5:15 am Nightwing2303

          No release date is set yet

        • January 19, 2013 at 1:55 am Guest

          Tomorrow, October nineteenth

      • February 4, 2013 at 1:29 am Dez

        Is that cushioning problem really that bad? I’m deciding between these and the Lebron X.

        Thanx for the review!

        • February 4, 2013 at 1:30 am Dez

          Actually deciding between these and the SuperFly

  • December 1, 2012 at 12:39 am Guest

    Wanna get them now!

  • December 1, 2012 at 12:45 am David

    How would these compare to the drose 3 in terms of being a go-to-shoe for a guard?

  • December 1, 2012 at 1:05 am Daniel

    Where do these rank on your 2012 list?

    • December 1, 2012 at 8:08 am Nightwing2303

      Look at the list and tell me

      • December 1, 2012 at 9:17 am Daniel

        Ah, didn’t see it before…maybe the colorway in the list threw me off.

        Thanks for another great review!

      • December 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm Air232

        LOL, don’t you just love that if people paid more attention to your website they would see the answer to their question glaring right at them and wouldn’t need to ask you?

        Been collecting and wearing bball shoes for probably 16 years now, great seeing someone take a hobby like this and using it to inform others.

      • February 14, 2013 at 1:39 am Martinez Ming

        Great video! I was wondering would you still prefer to go a half size down if your feet are wide?

  • December 1, 2012 at 1:13 am Super Zoom

    Leo Chang has been getting better and better.
    Good in-depth review once again!

  • December 1, 2012 at 1:47 am tma

    How’s the court feel? low to the ground like HD 2012/kobes or thicker?

  • December 1, 2012 at 2:35 am Eurostep09

    Nice review bro.

    Does this play like the Hyperdunk 2011? They look similar to me.

    But of course except for the horrendous traction. lol

    • December 1, 2012 at 8:03 am randy

      did you even read the review…

  • December 1, 2012 at 3:09 am Daniel

    My only hesitation is the max bag in the back. I’ve just never had luck with durability and have always felt a guard shoe shouldn’t have an exposed bag-with all the heel to toe movement stepping into jumpers etc.

  • December 1, 2012 at 4:05 am JD

    Sick! Picking between these and the Rose 3’s is going to be tough once Christmas rolls around.

  • December 1, 2012 at 4:05 am futbol3ro

    Gotta try these on. Hopefully my feet will agree with the shoe. lol

  • December 1, 2012 at 4:12 am danimal

    Leo chang is a hit or miss type of designer, of course most are but for leo, eithere a complete hit or complete miss, like the hyperfuse line, 1st was the best but the others did’nt evolve like tge hyperdunk line. Cool review these are much better than the kd iv lMO.

  • December 1, 2012 at 6:40 am chiefthief

    Will these crack your top 10?

  • December 1, 2012 at 7:43 am JFang

    Good stuff as always NW!

  • December 1, 2012 at 11:05 am Art_Man

    Love these! Nike and Adidas opened the gates for us this year!

    • December 1, 2012 at 11:53 am Art_Man

      and btw, if they could have change the Air Max unit to a Max Zoom unit and put some thick Fuse on the lateral side….. this shoe might beaten the Lebron X but that’s just what I personally think! Thank You once again Nightwing

      • January 29, 2013 at 2:17 am SnapbacksAndTattoos

        Melo m9 ;)

  • December 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm Adam

    When do you expect to come out with YOUR favorite 5 shoes of the year video? I’m really curious to see where these are going to rank with rose 3.0 and soldier VI.

  • December 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm Joey Arredondo

    So based on the reviews if it had better ventilation, this would be the perfect shoe?

    • December 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm Nightwing2303

      I never say perfect, near perfect. Always room to improve.

  • December 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm jacob

    Why do you think that this years nike signature shoes are such a upgrade from last years in every way? Was it just Nike trying new things last year and being a let down or is this years lineup that much better.

  • December 2, 2012 at 1:46 am Bob

    Thanks for a great review. Sounds like a great pair of shoes. Do you prefer the forefoot cushioning of KD V or the Lebron Elite 9? The KD has a 10mm bag, though a little smaller in area, and phylon while the Lebrons have 8mm bag with cushlon. I wonder if that almost makes it a wash for cushioning comfort, court feel, and responsiveness. Your thoughts would be great. Thanks!!!!

  • December 2, 2012 at 3:18 am james

    are these in one off your top 5 shoes favorite of the year

  • December 2, 2012 at 6:47 am Laker Fan

    hey nightwing great video and review.. i know from ur review u dont like comparing a guards shoe to centers shoe or whatever but the jordan superfly and the nike kd 5 are made for players that play a 3,4 or 5 on the court but which would u recommend me between the kd 5’s and the in your opinion and not by the overall score if i play either a 4 or 5..ur opinion is much appreciated and would really help me out a bunch…

  • December 2, 2012 at 8:04 am Markus

    KD 5 or Soldier VI

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:38 am Blake

    Long time reader (& viewer), first time commentor.
    I know it would mean extra work, but i would love it see your top 10 list of low cut performance shoes.
    I just can’t function in high tops anymore, and as a 38year old point guard/small forward, I’m looking at moving away from the Kobe’s to the CP3.VI thanks to your review.

  • December 3, 2012 at 6:32 am Weartesters

    Great line about Athlete’s Foot

  • December 4, 2012 at 3:52 am Trey5

    do they squeak on any smooth surface???

    • December 4, 2012 at 3:58 am Nightwing2303

      No, they roar

      • January 8, 2013 at 4:37 am Player6

        Go nightwing that was the funniest thing I saw all day

  • December 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm LT543

    Asking anyone who has the shoe: how narrow are these in the midfoot area? I have a really thick midfoot. My foot pushes past through the tongue on shoes with close midfoots like the crazy lights.. Really wanna cop, but don’t want another embarrassing look for my foot.
    Thx in advance!

    • December 31, 2012 at 11:21 am Alan

      For me they are a bit narrow in the forefoot area. My right food seemed to be hitting the forefoot area a lot they first 3x I played in mine. Keep in mind I got my pair half a size smaller than my usual size and to be honest I have no regrets doing so. As Nightwing said, they get better over time.

  • December 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm SheKki

    Would you prefer the KD V or the Jordan CP3.VI for a point guard? I’m a pretty fast paced guard and love playing tight d so I move around the court a lot but can’t decide which of the two would benefit me the most.

    • December 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm SheKki

      Also, my foot is a little wide and for some reason I put a lot of pressure on my heels so I use one of those cushions on top of the insole to not destroy the heels of my shoe if that changes which shoe to buy.

  • December 6, 2012 at 10:02 am jason

    The toebox on these in pics seem similar to the hyperdunk 2012 really low to the tops of the toes and a little narrow for wide footers. Any input you could give would greatly help. Great site keep up the awesome work man its appreciated

  • December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am james

    great review
    can these also be good for centers

  • December 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm Nate

    Hi Nightwing,

    Given that the heel counter is made out of foam and the lockdown system are just small straps sewn in the upper, is durability an issue here? Haven’t inspected the KD’s yet so I wouldn’t know. FYI, I play 2x a week, my position is a 2 or a 3 who jumps a lot.

    Thanks man!

  • December 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm sjk agains

    sorry about the which one is better i didnt watch the vid yet but in your personal opinion do you like the drose 3’s more and why did you not rate the fit perfect?

  • December 8, 2012 at 5:01 am Gotham7

    I’ve been getting bad shin splints lately playing in the Kobe VI’s, do these shoes have enough cushion or what shoe would you suggest with better cushioning? I think for $180 the new Lebron’s aren’t worth it

    • December 8, 2012 at 6:30 am Nightwing2303

      Shin splints are caused my multiple things. Loss of cushion, lack of flexibility of the shoe and too much action and your legs cant handle it. Typically its one of the first two. LeBron Xs lack flex so that may pose an issue unless youre big. Most likely you just need to get some new kicks but look for something with flex at the forefoot.

      • December 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm Gotham7

        Thanks man, I grabbed the new KDs today

  • December 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm Gino


    I need some help man. I am a shorter guy who tends to play a point/hybrid guard position.

    I have an extremely wide foot! This has made me shoe selection a nightmare, especially because most hoop shoes run narrow.

    I wore the KD IV and 2011 Hyperdunks last year – and I had major foot issues with both shoes. Most times I played ended in my foot getting crammed inside the toe box and I had multiple bruises or cuts on my toes after playing.

    I wore a size 9 in the KD IV and an 8.5 in the Hyperdunk (neither worked), but I have been looking for something that can give me a wide forefoot, but still looks great. I’m just confused with fit and I figured you would know what would work for me best.

    Some shoes I’m looking into are:

    Adidas Adipower Howard 2
    Lebron 9 Low
    Lebron 10
    KD V
    Nike 2012 Lunar Hyperdunk

    Are ANY of these shoes wide enough for me? Which are the widest? If not fit the bill, do you have some suggestions?

    Thanks a ton!

  • December 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm Art_Man

    BTW I want to make a extra question about these

    You did say the fit is nearly the same with Kobe’s 5 and 6 but I have blister issues with all low cut Kobe’s so will these KD5’s give the same issue with the low cut Kobe’s?

  • December 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm bz102

    nice review i was wondering if the fit is anything like the 2012 hyperdunks or a zoom solider 6 i wanna get a pair of the NikeiD kd 5 but when it comes to picking a size im all over the place so PLEASE HELP ME

  • December 10, 2012 at 3:51 am Lun

    Hi dude!

    thats really great review, I tried KD V n Soldier VI they are both great shoes!

    Just a few questions that hope you can help me on,

    for the size, KD V’ s forefoot part seem a bit large for me, but other part just perfect. (I usually wear US10) for this cause, would u recommend to have a size down 1/2? (I saw in your review you have mentioned)

    and for KD V n soldier VI, which rank higher?

    thanks in advance, looking forward for your reply ;)

  • December 10, 2012 at 5:43 am JVG

    I’m just concerned about the air sole, would you recommend these if sometimes i play on rough floor? Do you think it will last?

  • December 12, 2012 at 2:17 am joseph

    Hey nightwing, i was just wondering, what are the best shoes for a dusty floor like the ymca, i have the hyperdunk 2011 low, and im sliding all over the place

  • December 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm Porter

    Hey Nightwing,
    I love the reviews and look forward to more in the future. I have a slightly wider foot and when i first started playing n these my feet were cramping a bit and they felt a bit narrow. Just curious if these initial pains will be resolved by the great break in you spoke of? Or should I size up or find a different shoe?

    • December 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm Nightwing2303

      Thanks. These run long and narrow, the sizing is up to you to decide after that. If you feel that they could break in nicely then you may want to try it or if you feel its too tight then go up 1/2 size. This is something only you can decide since its not my foot and I cant feel what you are experiencing.

      • December 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm Porter

        Thanks so much! Does going up a hlaf size usually help with the width too?

        • December 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm Nightwing2303

          It can, thats usually what people recommend or do when they have width issues.

  • December 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm Loran

    You said it just gets better if you can handle the break in. Do you mean they were uncomfortable at first, until they broke in?

    • December 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm Nightwing2303

      It does get better every game & break-in is grueling. However, I knew with the shoe on my foot that I have the correct size. You should know this as well. This isnt something I can help you with since its your foot. You need to be able to tell whats going on with your own shoe/ body and thats just something someone like me cant do for you.

  • December 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm homebboy

    What would your opinion be on these with the ASO ankle braces? always find it hard to find good fit with the larger braces, torn between these and waiting for the Kobe 8s…..

  • December 16, 2012 at 2:59 am swagmeout

    Hey Nightwing,
    Comparing the ID KD V’s to the regular ones, is there any huge difference in the fit or performance?

  • December 16, 2012 at 4:56 am Seth

    Trying to figure something out. These are better than the hyperdunks (2012) according to your review, and I agree with that, but they are 5th on your 2 spots below them on your list. The Hyperdunk upper is the only better thing about it with better ventilation. I have the Hyperdunks and I see the KD 5s as an improvement on them…hence they are newer (doesn’t usually have to work that way). Also…the Lebron X Olympics as far as on court have better technology but as a performance shoe are not as good as the KD 5s. I do wish it to be the other way around since out of the 3 I don’t own the KD 5s. Is your scoring askewed because of the 275$ and 250$ price tags (+ system). These are the flagship shoes if Nike as you know and KDs are usually…1-4. Or is it a generalization the top 10 and it just happens to fit that way with the scoring scale? I guess u could have given it 1 more shoe on ventilation if u wanted to bump it up. Not very important and obviously it depends on what u like in a shoe, your position, your body weight and your speed…also how your muscles and genetics work and your flexibility. Still these reviews are for the overall community and not a 5’7 guard such as yourself. But still I don’t see how a clunky Lebron X made for a 6’8 260 lbs top of the food chain athlete like Lebron can be rated number 1 for the average chucker or decent Baller? Yes yes yes it overall categories but 99% of the general public would not use the Lebron X as their favorite shoe. So.. it’s a bit misleading. I mean if you wanted to really pick the best all around shoe it would be those funky 2012 Jordan year of the Dragon things. Anyone from a 1-5 can wear them and they appeal to the widest audience (besides the price which is not factored in and shouldn’t be in a performance review). Whoooo…that’s long.

    • December 16, 2012 at 5:23 am Nightwing2303

      The list is based on the scores. Theyre ranked in the orders they are because those shoes not only rate the highest, they all have an overall of 9.5 or more, but also because they each offer the most out of the respective attributes – traction, cushion etc. It isnt misleading bc its telling you which shoes offer you the most. Price isnt a factor nor is weight. I cant add more lists, it will look sloppy and confuse people even more. My top picks are my personal choices and i give detailed reasons why i like them and why i think theyre good shoes. For comparisons all you have to do is look at their score cards and compare attributes. If the KD had more ventilation then it would have brought up the overall score however, if ventilation isnt an attribute that you care about then why bother paying any attention to it. When picking a shoe you should be going over every detail and understanding what it is you are looking for in the first place. Its my job to get you that info and your job to sift through it to determine the best one for you. Otherwise id just be setting you up with what i like and that wont help anyone at all since all youd be doing is gaining a shoe with my preferences instead of yours. Hopefully that makes sense. Think of it like choosing a wife… You want to pick and choose until you find the right one or would you rather have your mom pick your spouse for you?

  • December 16, 2012 at 5:04 am Seth

    Still think you should have a viewable list for best traction shoe, best ventilation etc. and a list for best guard shoes and best big man shoes (including hi and low top). They are still called Hi/Low “Tops”. (Shortened to Regualar and Low now).

    You have the best reviews out there…just wish it was easier to decipher and sift through to determine the best shoe for myself and others. Obviously the site doesn’t exist without videos and written in depth review. (Oh and money to run it:)

  • December 16, 2012 at 5:22 am Seth

    Found it. Your amazing wrap up video you do every year. Best and worst. Perfect! Great stuff!

  • December 17, 2012 at 6:18 am Batman

    Hey Nightwing, another great performance review! Keep up the great work, you’re doing an amazing service to all basketball players!
    On a side note, how would you compare this cushion to the Hyperdunk 2012? I land on my heels quite often and am a little worried about the Lunarlon bottoming out.

  • December 18, 2012 at 9:56 am Tids

    Great review Nightwing keep doing really helping us ballers out there! Love your reviews!

  • December 27, 2012 at 3:44 am Dee_kay

    Thanks for the review nightwing. They really help. Although, I’m stuck trying to decide if i should get these or the derrick rose 3? I’ve read and watched both of there reviews and it seems like there kinda even but with a bit of advantage to derrick rose 3 in ventilation. Can you tell me what you think? Thanks and merry christmas.

  • December 27, 2012 at 10:37 am kdtrey

    did u have any problem with the left shoe in the mid area that it hurt? i want to return them but dont know if eveyrone had a problem with this. i want to say i want to break them it. the fitting is fine but once i take the left shoe off it leaves a mark but the right shoe is fine.

  • December 31, 2012 at 7:21 am wpeng45

    Since now tht u have 2 pairs of kd v, one half a size down and one ur regular size, which would u say gives u a better fit?

    • December 31, 2012 at 7:45 am Nightwing2303

      For hoops i prefer the 8.5. Casually the sz 8.5 and 9 are fine.

  • December 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm ian

    So if I had blister problems on the ankles on the first play I should keep wearing it and it will be fine after a couple of times.How should I adjust the laces?

    • January 3, 2013 at 6:28 am Alan

      I got a blister playing in them too, my right pinkie toe.

  • January 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm iHoop3241

    Would you put these KD V in your 2013 top 10?

  • January 3, 2013 at 12:08 am superman

    What shoe would you consider better for overall performance. The cp3 vi or kd v

  • January 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm Casey Clark

    Should I wear these or the cp3

  • January 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm Jamal

    Nightwing What is better the Rose 3 or Durants 5? I really need new ball shoes and hard making an choice! Lol

  • January 6, 2013 at 4:38 am Rich

    I just ordered a pair of kd v’s from nike id. I’m transitioning from the Kobe 6’s and I’m interested in hearing your opinion on the performance of the id outsole (on the basketball court) since you mentioned the difference your dec.4th unboxing vid. Thanks for the dope info!

  • January 6, 2013 at 5:01 am Daniel Walsh

    For a guard, would you recommend these or the kobe 8’s?

  • January 7, 2013 at 2:26 am Connor

    For the weight are they light? Do you know exactly how much? I couldn’t find it. If you don’t know could you compare the weight to another shoe?

  • January 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm Brendon

    I have a pair of the Energy’s and they squeak and ive worn them about 6 times since the 31st…. Do you know why they are? And no i havent gotten them wet

    • July 7, 2013 at 7:32 am eugene

      Hey brendon! I have d same case with my shoe. I think the squeak is coming from the toe area of the shoe. Have you gotten any explanation why it is that way?

  • January 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm 3MTA3

    Great job! I love your site. I’m 37 years old and just started hooping again. I played high school, small college, and rec leagues till I was about 24. And that was the last time I bought a pair of kicks and they were a pair of Kobes when he was with Adidas. So I have been out of the loop. Until I found your site. I just grabed the KD v’s after watching your review. My feet are soar after one game. I’m not giving up but would have if I didn’t hear your advice on break in time. I wear a 14 and wish they made a 13 1/2. They do run long. How long might this break in process take? Keep up the good work!!

  • January 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm Sumeet

    Hey Nightwing, great review as always. I currently have the hyperdunk 2012’s in size 10 and they are started to get a little tight width wise, so i was wondering if i should get the kd’s in size 10.5 or 11?

  • January 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm Xavier

    Man what you do is a blessing I’m telling you I didn’t know much about some shoes and the guys in the stores don’t give you this kind of detail ever so thanks and keep it up and I will be definitely be getting these and the kobe 8 system.

  • January 19, 2013 at 12:58 am Dillon

    How did that divot in the IDs effect performance value in the shoe?

    I ID’d a pair of kd 5s and I’m looking forward to playing in them I just don’t want to be disappointed if they come with the same flaw.

    • January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm Jonathan

      You can send them back if they’re flawed, or even if you didn’t like they way they came out. Nike’s pretty good about returns on flaws.

      I’m seriously considering id’ing a pair for myself to play in after trying them on this weekend, but I want to see what we’re getting with the Elites this year first. I can’t believe I slept on these. I think I would have been better off getting a pair of KDV’s over the LBJ X’s to be honest for more flexibility. I didn’t think flexibility would have been so big of an issue at first playing in the X’s, but my shins are starting to complain.

  • January 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm bballkido

    Right out of the box.. How good is the KDVs? Cuz I’m buying a pair this coming january 25.. I’m gonna use them for our game the following day.. How good is the traction right out of the box?

  • January 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm Rik

    I wore the kd4’s size us15 with one pair of socks and custom (pretty big) insoles and they fit about right, im ordering the 5’s now, should i stay with size 15 then?

  • January 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm john

    what exactuly is venitlation?

  • January 26, 2013 at 2:46 am Bballkido

    Just copped the home ones.. They feel awesome… But with hotspots.. How long did it take you to break in the shoe?

    • February 3, 2013 at 12:14 am Jonathan

      Broke down and picked up a pair of the Aways. Played in them today for 2 hours and loved the cushion out of the box. I’m also experiencing a hot spot on top of my right pinkie toe. Hope this goes away soon with more break in time. Loving the flexibility and fit other than that. This shoe would be perfect with a little more ventilation and a sock liner bootie.

      • February 15, 2013 at 3:20 am Paul

        I have experienced this hot spot as well. It’s only on the left shoe, right on the pinky toe. After more than 10 uses, it’s torn up my pink toe. I’m going to have to start wrapping my toe.

        • March 31, 2013 at 1:40 am Bballkido

          Yeah, I know right? I feel like wrapping my right foot in order to not feel that hotspot.

  • February 6, 2013 at 6:13 am Dave

    I got my KD V’S that I ID’d last month and I’ve got to say, I’m really disappointed. The shoe feels great and all but the traction is ridiculously horrible. I bought the shoes based on the reviews and I see that it received a 10/10 for traction. I’m just wondering if anyone else had this problem. The floors I’m playing on aren’t great but I’m sliding around like I’m ice skating. I tried my old flywade 2’s to compare and they are a hell of a lot better. I know there is a break in period with these shoes. Is the break I’m period just for the fit or for the traction also? I would hate to return these shoes. The shoe that I made looks sick. Any would would be greatly appreciated

    • February 6, 2013 at 6:45 am Nightwing2303

      Right about now, half of those who wear the KD V love the traction and the other half hate it. Ive even had ppl iD a pair with XDR and use them indoor and they said the pattern works great. Not sure if its court conditions or not, i didnt have an issue on any floor i play on.

      • February 6, 2013 at 6:50 am Dave

        Thanks for the quick response! I guess I’m gonna have to return them and try something else. I wish they still made the flywade 2’s!

      • February 7, 2013 at 8:33 am Khristian Sabiniano

        Hi, do you know if the original KD5 uses a solid or translucent outsole? Because I am planning to iD a KD5 and I’m not sure whether to choose the solid outsole or the translucent one. What outsole can you recommend? I usually play on different types of court(indoor/outdoor). It’s my first time to iD so I’m not really that knowledgeable when it comes to outsoles. I also couldn’t find answers on the internet so I decided to ask an expert like you. thank you.

  • February 10, 2013 at 12:51 am Seth

    Nightwing, I have been looking everywhere for this DMV color shoe do you know where i can find a pair airknight only carries like 9 and 10 not my size 12

  • February 10, 2013 at 12:54 am Seth

    Nightwing, I cant find the DMV’s anywhere can you help me?

  • February 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm Matt

    Hey Nightwing, much respect to your reviews man and the knowledge that you spread. I have a quick question. Im a 5”10″ point guard with a 165lb athletic build. Currently ive been using the HD 2012 but i ripped the tread on a crossover so its time to switch up shoes. I was looking at either the kd v or lebron x. Tried them both on and their both great but i do love the cushion in the lebron x. I just have concerns wether the lebron x will be flexible enough to keep up with me on cuts, crossovers, and such. In your opinion which would you choose over the other the kd v or lebron for an athletic pg. Or should i scratch both and just pick up the rose 3.5’s lol

  • February 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm Anthony

    Hey Nightwing.
    Love your website and reviews. Based on them im about to order a pair.
    My game is based on quickness/speed.I rely on my ablity to get past my man or the break game.
    I narrowed my options down to either the 2012 Hyperdunk or the KD V’s.
    I saw both reviews and questions came up:
    The KD 5 has better/equal ratings on everything compared to the hyperdunk but ventilation and its lower on the top 10.Is the ventilation THAT bad?
    Also my current shoe is the 2011 hyperdunk low. Whenever i cut the outer side of my heel hurts(thats where the pressure is on a crossover).I think its because the heel doesn’t have full zoom coverage.
    So the other question is, the kd 5 has the huge heel zoom bag so i shouldn’t have that issue but i never used lunarlon so i dont know what to expect from the hyperdunk.
    Also the h.dunk has flywire,the kd5 great fit and thick fuse so support wise whats my choice?
    I want traction,support and cushion (mostly because of that heel prob).
    Sorry long message. Plz reply. Thank you.

  • March 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm simon

    Do there is a difference between the ”nike zoom kd v iD” and the ”nike kd v” or this is only a different name because on the nike us website there is the two names

  • March 13, 2013 at 1:10 am Jesse

    this was very helpful, where can i buy these?

  • March 16, 2013 at 10:22 am Brink

    Nice review !

    Do these fit like the Hyperdunk 2012 ?

  • March 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm BP80

    Great review! Question: KD V or Jordan Superfly?

  • March 17, 2013 at 9:01 am Sam Henderson

    Hey Nightwing would you prefer these or the soldier 6 or the cp3 vi

  • April 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm Smiley

    It would have been great if these came out with unlocked zoom.
    I just love that type of set up. Nice review!

  • April 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm Smiley

    Too bad the kd v elites look ugly.
    Can’t wait for the review though.

  • April 15, 2013 at 12:52 am Brandon

    I just got mine they hurt my toes how long do they take to breakin? Thanks in advance

  • May 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm Bobby

    I got the Texas Longhorns colorway. Got some nasty black scuffs on them any ideas on how to remove?

  • May 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm Daniel Sicat

    Heeey! need your help man!!
    I have a really wide feet, and my feet size are 9. would this be a problem? is the fit snug and will it hurt my feet?
    i have kobe 8’s, and they fit me just fine. Would there be an issue with this shoe?

  • May 16, 2013 at 5:09 am Alvin Valencia

    Good day sir, just want to ask which is better between kd 5 and hyperfuse 2010? can you compare the strength and weakness of each. thanks. :D

  • May 23, 2013 at 2:34 am Seth T. Hershberger

    Hey night wing, do you know if these will fork for someone with wide feet?

    • June 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm Roger

      I have wide feet and these are pretty comfortable. Try them on in a store!

  • July 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm John

    Damn this shoe is so beastly, besides the ventilation score, this shoe is basically a 10/10 in every score card

  • January 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm matt

    is there any retail store that still sells these?

  • February 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm baller123

    Hi !
    i havent bought any basketball shoes for years now and about to buy a pair and im really in love in these KD V
    but i want to know which shoes should i buy which do you recomend (please only shoes from nike)
    is these KD V flexible or do i have to wear them a while to get them to be more flexible?

    Fact about me :

    Height: 6’4
    weight: 150 Pounds
    Position: Point guard/shooting guard

  • February 12, 2014 at 2:11 am Emanuel

    Did the ventahilation effect how you played, was it a big impact or was it just a minor problem ? How long is the break in time ?