The Nike Kyrie 4 is as cold as ice.
This traction used on the Kyrie 4 is what I like to call “cracked iPhone screen.” I say that because it looks like somebody dropped the Kyrie 4 on the ground and the outsole shattered.
As far as performance, the traction did a great job after it broke in. Before the break in you will be doing some slipping and sliding to the point where it will make you mad at times. It’s almost like Nike had some lubricant at the bottom of the shoe that needed to wear off before the traction became bomb sauce.
The moral of the story is to grind in the Kyrie 4 as much as possible. Break the shoe in like a shoe is supposed to be broken in and eventually you will get dope traction out of it. You will have to wipe a bit on dirtier courts, but overall, dope traction.
Oh, my goodness. For starters, the Kyrie 4 features a heel Zoom Air unit. Which is nothing new to us, we’ve all experienced this before in Irving’s signature line. However, what we’ve haven’t experienced in a Kyrie shoe Cushlon, and honestly, Cushlon is somewhat new to me as well. Those of you asking what Cushlon is, it’s pretty much a softer, more resilient version of Phylon.
This setup is ideal for players looking for court feel that still need some adequate impact protection. I also feel heavier players may even enjoy this setup because the Cushlon is pretty fire.
Right now, Cushlon is neck and neck with adidas’ Bounce; Bounce is my favorite cushion on the market but at that this very moment Cushlon is knocking on the door — it’s that good.
The Kyrie 4 did not disappoint in this category. Although we didn’t get anything premium, we did get some decent materials that came close to being premium.
The forefoot features engineered mesh glued to fuse or nylon. Nike said that this stuff is breathable, but I beg to differ. With the nylon backing on the mesh, this shoe is far from breathable. On the plus side, the nylon backing allowed the mesh to be durable and flexible at the same time which is nice. No, it isn’t Flyknit or anything like that, but it’s still nice.
At the heel of the Kyrie 4 there is a suede panel that’s damn near premium; it’s a thick cut so it’s pretty durable. I hooped in this Kyrie hard, and the suede still looks like it did when it came out of the box.
However, I can’t say the same for the hit of suede at the toebox because it’s a little banged up. For being a protective layer, it held up okay. I think Nike killed it with the materials.
Fit true to size is the way to go, for narrow footers. Wide footers, I recommend you guys trying these on before you purchase. With the shoe being as narrow as it is, it may difficult for wide footers to enjoy.
Lockdown wasn’t an issue, and it’s pretty straightforward. Flywire at the forefoot and a good snug fit. As long as you tie these kicks up nice and snug you will be good to go.
The “teeth” on the lateral side of the Kyrie 4 act a cage for the forefoot. With the help of the two Flywire cables on the lateral and medial side of the shoe, your foot is held in check.
The Kyrie 4 comes equipped with an internal heel counter that does a good job of cradling the heel and keeping it secure. This is very important because your foot doesn’t really sit in the midsole, it’s riding on top of the footbed.
With the combination of the materials, I felt more secure in the shoe than something like a one-piece upper — kind of like sleeping under a bunch of covers. The more blankets you have, the more cozy and secure you feel in your bed.
The Kyrie 4 is the best Kyrie to date. This shoe has everything, and I mean everything. Y’all already know the Dame 4 was my favorite shoe of 2017, but the Kyrie 4 is right behind it. Let’s just say the Dame 4 is adidas’ best all-around hooping kick, and the Kyrie 4 is Nike’s best all-around hooping kick. I guess it’s the year of the 4s.