Today we take a first look at the upcoming Nike KD 13.
The Nike KD 12 is still one of my favorite sneakers to play in and the upcoming KD 13 might take its place whenever we’re no longer on quarantine.
Everything [almost] that I loved on the KD 12 made its way back onto the KD 13 — plus a couple of changes I enjoy.
Some of the things that have remained the same are the $150 price point, the full length Zoom Air strobel and the rear midsole containment. I enjoyed all of these aspects in the KD 12 so I’m happy to see them back again.
Now, some of the things that have changed — for the better — are the additional double stacked Zoom Air units. Instead of having a rear Hex Zoom unit we now have a larger forefoot Zoom Air unit sitting under the full length Zoom Air strobel. This means more cushion in the forefoot which is great for those that prefer it. The shoe is much lighter than the KD 12 — some may like this some may not care one way or the other. Traction has also changed — whether or not this is for the better remains to be determined, but we hope it’s better than the KD 12 — which was pretty solid in most situations.
Something that has changed that I’m not too fond of are the materials. There are no premium materials used on the KD 13, which is fine, but I don’t love how cheap the new rip-stop esque material feels or flexes compared to the gimmicky Quad-Axial Flywire from the KD 12.
While we’re unable to test the shoes indoors for the time being, we hope you at least enjoy our Nike KD 13 detailed look and review. Stay tuned for the eventual performance review and we’ll catch you on the next one.
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Retail Price: $150
Available at: Phenom Global