The Kyrie 5 dropped on February 22nd in the popular black and red “Bred” colorway. Below you can find a general review and close up shots of this model. Note: This is not a performance review, but may provide some helpful insight on the fit and feel of the Kyrie 5. See the bottom of this post for a link to a performance review.
Cushioning: The Kyrie 5 features Zoom Air Turbo in the forefoot, a change from previous Kyrie models were the zoom air has been placed in the heel. The movement of the zoom air forward is noticeable, not only because of it being felt in the forefoot, but also because you can feel that its not in the heel any longer. While not a deal breaker to me, it would have been nice to have a zoom air in both areas. Overall, the Kyrie 5 is still a comfortable shoe.
Fit: Many online reviews state people’s displeasure with the Flytrap feature over the top of the Kyrie 5, stating that it makes the sneakers too tight and difficult to put on. However, I did not find this to be the case. I went true to size on my pair and they fit as expected. I found the toe-box to actually be a bit more roomy than the Kyrie 4 in terms of width, which was nice as many basketball shoes tend to run a bit narrow. The lockdown is also right on point with the flytrap. I have experienced no hot-spots or pinching with these shoes, even right out of the box and with the shoe’s snug fit.
Materials: The upper features a engineered mesh with cloth accents on the heel and flytrap. The materials have a nice feel to them, with the engineered mesh breaking in quickly and the cloth adding a nice touch. The interior of the shoes features a soft-lining, with no noticeable spots that rubbed on my feet. As with most basketball shoes, the insoles are not removable. Specifically looking at the “Bred” model, the colors are a classic Nike colorway. However, I think it could have been improved with a different colored swoosh in possibly white or gray.
Support: This isn’t a performance review, but with that said, these shoes have excellent ankle support and stability. The cut at the ankle is a bit higher and tighter than on the Kyrie 4, which is something to be aware of. If you prefer low-top sneakers, these might be a pair you want to pass up. However, I like the cut as it feels a bit more secure. The shoes feel stable, and true performance reviews report similar findings.
Overall: I can easily recommend the Kyrie 5, with the only real downfall to me being the loss of the zoom unit in the heel. While there are many complaints about the fit due to the flytrap, I find that it can be easily adjusted as needed and serves its purpose of providing exceptional lockdown.
Performance review: Weartesters