NIKE KD 10 REVIEW – The KD 9 Killer?

While Kevin Durant is chasing his first NBA ring with the new squad – I have something special for you ballers out there.

First of all, little bit of introduction. The KD 9 set the bar on the elite level with its remarkable performance. It was by far the best Nike‘s basketball sneaker of 2016. Of course, don‘t forget the KD 9 ELITE – these joints were phenomenal too and even better in some cases.

That’s been said, let‘s see if the KD 10 can do the impossible and raise the bar even higher?

Welcome to my Nike KD 10 PERFORMANCE REVIEW!

 

MAIN SPECS


 

WEIGHT: 342 g. /12.06 oz

TECH: ZOOM AIR, FLYKNIT

TYPE: LOW TOP

COLORWAYS: 2+

FIT: HALF A SIZE DOWN

RETAIL PRICE: $150

BD RATING: 8.5/10

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PERFORMANCE


 

MATERIALS

NO LONGER TWO PIECE BOOTIE CONSTRUCTION

This time the KD 10 features pure Flyknit upper going from toe to heel and that is super dope. Of course, this isn’t your daily slippers where comfort is the only thing you appreciate, that’s why Nike coated Flyknit with TPU in high stress areas as well as in the toe area to just create more structure & support for the upper.

If you own a pair of Kobe 11s’ then you probably know what to expect from this kind of setup. I mean, it’s not the exact same experience, but some areas felt pretty similar.

The toecap does feel a bit stiff at first, but it actually softens up after a few sessions, so it’s all good. Other than that, the KD 10 felt exactly how K. Durant himself has described – “When I put them on for the first time, it feels like I’ve played in them for so long”

On top of that, they’re way more durable than the KD 9 which is not a usual thing with Flyknit uppers. IMPRESED

 

CUSHION

BETTER THAN EVER

Articulated full-length ZOOM Air made the return in the KD 10, but this time with a few tweaks and different feel.

Nike has adjusted the PSI within the ZOOM AIR units, that’s why it does require some break in time. At first, it was one hell of stiff midsole (I was a little bit scared). But after putting some playing hours the ZOOM Air power was unleashed at its best, providing that well known, amazing impact protection & bouncy ride.

It still performs not as soft as the KD 9’s cushioning. You can actually feel improved responsiveness and stiffness from it and you know what? I do prefer this setup over the old one. It’s now even more versatile than before – better response time, more court feel and no clumsy feel or lag while striking from the first step. Just don’t worry, they still provide the best Nike cushioning, it just a bit different from what we used to feel.

Personally, this tweaked full-length ZOOM Air has now some similarities to BOOST due to awesome energy explosion you’re getting while releasing your foot from the ground.

 

TRACTION

SAME OUTSOLE BUT DIFFERENT PETTERN

We have the spiral style multidirectional traction pattern and oh boy it looks promising.

On clean courts it works like a charm – no slippage problems, great move coverage, everything is A+. Of course, on dirty courts everything goes in the different why, like with many Nike models. The traction starts to act inconsistently- sometimes it grips well and sometimes it doesn’t want to grip at all.

Although, it’s not as bad as you’re thinking now. It does require some additional care to keep it from that inconsistency. Just make a few extra wipes every so often and they will keep you on court nicely.

Outdoors? Not even think about it, seriously. The rubber compound is super weak and probably wouldn’t last even a month. Keeping them indoors is the best option.

 

FIT

FLYKNIT GETS THE JOB DONE

I really did enjoy how the ankle collar & tongue felt on foot since these two pieces are made out of 100% Flyknit without any TPU threads. It feels like your grandpa’s pullover – no restrictions, just pure comfort and superb strethability.  And that’s the main reason why I so love Flyknit uppers – one-to-one fit all day.

No more pain in the ass trying to get them on properly, talking about the KD 9’s problem. Now you can stretch the ankle collar as much as you need.

Also, it goes without saying that the rest of the upper performed great as well. Those TPU threads add much needed support & foot containment without compromising comfort. Still, containment could be better as my feet felt slightly unsecure in the midfoot. More about this in the next topic.

To wrap things up on a high note, the KD 10 will fit wide footers without any problems. FINNALY! Wide footers should go with whatever your true size is due to stretchy materials and that “famous” longer forefoot. Now for regular/narrow footers I highly recommend going ½ a size down since you really want that tight to capitalize solid support.

 

SUPPORT

STILL THE WEAKEST SPOT OF THE SHOE

The oversized lasing system looks very aggressive and gets the job done well. Unfortunately, it’s just not made for this shoe. Or I should say – it’s not made for this upper. That’s being the case, laces strongly pushes your foot downwards to create that nice connection with the shoe, but leaves some space on both sides for Flyknit to stretch out, causing sloppiness in the midfoot area. It isn’t a major turnoff for me, but they can make some problems for player who is all about the speed.

The internal heel counter performed perfectly – strong heel lockdown, no slippage problems at all. On top of that, the KD 10 has a really wide & flat base underneath which improves court feel, adds more stability for the whole structure and keeps your foot from rolling over the midsole.

The new lacing system was a really nice try to bring something new to the table, unfortunately, it felt short this time. But I’m not bad about that not even a bit. Yes, they could easily but KD 9’s lacing setup with Flywire cables and that would be a 100 times better. However, it’s all about innovations and finding stuff that works to create the ultimate basketball shoe for everyone. So not everything is going to work out of bat – sometimes it’s a hit or sometimes it’s a miss. One thing I know for sure, we’re going to the right direction.

 

OVERALL

First of all, it was a lot of fun testing these bad boys out – they really have that unique touch & feel despite the fact that they look similar to the KD 9’s ELITE version. With a few weaknesses in the support department, they really made a huge improvement over the KD 9 – wider silhouette, improved cushion setup and premium upper with pure Flyknit hits. At the end of the day, it’s an awesome sneaker for the right price nonetheless.

Of course, if you’re on a budget, then simply cop the KD 9 from Nike outlets or Finish Line. I just checked. They are actually on the sale right now at finish line for under $100 bucks. That’s your ultimate deal right there.

However, if you’re a huge KD fan or you think that the KD 10 offers what you need then grab them without any hesitation, especially if you missed out responsiveness & more solid cushioning in the last year’s model.

Looking forward to see how the elite version will look if it’s going to be one.

 


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Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE KD 10 “Still KD”. Did you cop them already?

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!

20 thoughts on “NIKE KD 10 REVIEW – The KD 9 Killer?

  • January 30, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    hey man, i got these shoes and the kd 9. for some reason the kd 9 was so much better. i had that feeling that i was locked in and more secure in the 9 than in the 10. when i was in the 10 i felt like the only ting that was holding back by damn foot was the lacing but they didnt lock in my midfoot and the ankle collar was practically useless. i had to return them cuz the sloppy fit and support hurt my feet. however i did like the kd 10 cushioning better cuz it was more responsive. i love the 9 so much and still wear them and i think they are the second best nike bball shoe behind the pg1. i havent tried the adidas basketball shoes yet but i think i will soon starting with the harden ls. also i want to thak you so much for this website, it is so much better than all the other ones

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    • January 31, 2018 at 11:18 pm
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      Hey, Jake

      Yeah. The KD 10’s do have that specific fit. It seems like you really need to have kd’s like foot shape in order to obtain that golden middle between great fit & support. On the other hand, the 9’s are much much easier to deal with in terms of how fit & support goes. Even though, they’re still not perfect in these aspects. Maybe not the second best nike performer but somewhere in top 5 for sure, in my opinion.

      OH. You’re missing out big time, bro. Adidas is no joke right now. And the Harden Vol. 1 is probably one of the best models to try out for the first time. You’re gonna love them.

      HUGE HUGE THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT, MAN! People like you keep me grinding & doing what I’m passionate about. Much love! No homo 😀

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  • February 5, 2018 at 2:00 am
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    To whom it may concern. I purchased a pair of these is kd 10 in black for my 13 year old son size 11. He received them on CHRISTMAS day. He was wearing them for dressing up for his basketball games was not playing basketball in them at all. Well about a week into January his left shoe the sole started coming off. I thought are you kidding me $150.00 I don’t think so. I bought them through finish line online so I got a hold of customer care. What a nightmare. Did not get to talk to anyone that speaks English after the 15 times that I had to call them to get this taken care of. I asked nicely many time to please put someone on the phone that speaks better English. After dealing with customer care and finally getting a hold of the last person who did speak English she told me to go to the nearest store. So we did against my better judgement my son wanted the same kind of shoes. It was his Christmas present so I agreed. This was on January 16 we finally got the new pair. This past week the sole on his right shoe started coming off. We went this weekend to the same finish line store and exchanged them for Jordan’s. As we were walking into the mall there was another guy walking in with the same box. The same shoes. Same thing happened to his also. My son has a friend that got a pair for Christmas also and the same thing. I know shoes are expensive but this situation is just crazy. For the amount of money we put out there for these shoes and they are not worth 20 dollars come on people. No customer should have to go through what I did for a pair of shoes. So I hope this is looked into. Also customer care for finish line that I had so many problems with I was told I would have a gift card put on my winners circle rewards thing or something. I haven’t seen that either. Just a heads up to all you parents out there

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    • February 5, 2018 at 9:54 pm
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      Sorry for this awful experience… As a frequent sneaker buyer & reviewer, sometimes it really pisses me off when you’re paying $120+ or even $180+ for a pair of top brand shoes, expecting great build quality, premium materials, but the only thing you get is glue remains all over a shoe & “walmart” level build quality. I’m not saying that every shoe is like that but we do have more than enough examples of it. And that really pisses me off as a consumer.
      Yeah, I understand. This is a HUGE business. But there should be at least a tad bit humanity involved nonetheless.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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  • February 8, 2018 at 3:33 am
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    Hey man,
    Do u think these shoes would be good for a SG/SF? I prefer a responsive cushioning with good impact protection. The flyknit on these looks pretty durable and the laces look okay for locking my foot in but I think that it would be better if they were normal and had the knit wrapping up the foots sidewall. I am a player that uses stepbacks and pull ups like KD. I liked the 9 immensely but the zoom bag popped after 3 months. Thank you so so much for all you do, I appreciate all the accurate descriptive reviews you give.

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    • February 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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      Hey!

      Check this out, bro. You do like the 9’s, your playing style is similar to KD’s, you even play the same position, so I really can’t see any reason why the 10’s can’t be your next pick up. The cushion setup on the 10 is a tad bit stiffer but it still retains a ton of impact protection while addition even better responsiveness to its bag and making that Zoom unit durable this time. Now talking about support, just make sure you pick the right size and then leave it to do its job.
      HUGE thanks for that motivation boost man!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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    hey man, so if i am a narrow footer and i like about a thumbs width in the front of my shoe, should i still go 1/2 size down? the tightness never bothers me just the length. I really hate shoes that have my toes at the very end
    thanks

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    • February 13, 2018 at 11:35 pm
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      Hey man,

      They do run a bit long, so going 1/2 size down shouldn’t create any problems whatsoever.

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  • February 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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    Hey D,
    do u think this is the greatest flyknit ever? I love it cuz its flexible but durable. I liked the CE 16 primeknit but it wasnt durable. my pair tore after 2 months of strictly indoor play. the air jordan 32 was nice but there was no damn ventilation. keep doing what u r doing!

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    • March 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm
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      Hey man,

      I can’t talk for everyone as this is pretty individual thing but yeah, this is one of the best Flyknit implementations out there. I appreciate your support, bro!

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  • March 6, 2018 at 3:04 am
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    hey man,
    i was thinking of picking these up before the season ends but decided against it cuz its almost over. i liked all the tech but the support was pretty damn bad unless you had the right foot. i hope the kd 11 will be better and i think they will be but no pictures have been leaked yet. also any chance if there will be a pg2 review?
    thanks for the great review

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    • March 6, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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      The support isn’t that bad but it’s definitely on a weaker side comparing them to other flagship models out there. You need to be very precise with the fit to get the most support out of it, however, it’s pretty hard to achieve it since they do have that awkward fit – narrow & pretty damn long. So you definitely want to try them on before buying that’s for sure. We don’t have any info yet but 11’s are definitely in the making right now.

      I’m now finishing my Harden Vol.2 performance review and the PG 2’s are next in my list. I’ve already played in them for quite a bit, so I just need to put together a nice performance review. Expect it to drop on this weekend.

      I appreciate you bro!

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  • March 18, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    hey man,
    for some reason the traction on these was really weird. they worked well outdoors but werent durable but were not too great indoors. that was the still kd colorway. then i recently got the All Star colorway and those were so damn beastly. almost that crazy explosive level. that was really weird cuz obviously there were different rubber compounds. still this is my favorite shoe of all time though others perform better. probaly of the pretty damn good tech and the eye catching design. also what shoes do u recommend for outdoor balling? im willing to pay any amount just want a durable outsole that preforms well. i tried the kd 9 for outside but that failed cuz the zoom bag popped

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    • March 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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      I’m not really sure if brands do this on purpose or not, but this isn’t a first time. The recent one is with the Harden Vol.2’s, on most colorways traction was only decent but on the “VISION” colorway it was awesome. So yeah.

      For great outdoor performance you can check – Under Armour Heat Seeker, ANTA KT3, D Rose (except 8’s), Kobe Mentality 2, Harden Vol.1.

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  • April 12, 2018 at 3:06 am
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    How do you think these would do for outdoors with Nike’s xdr outsolevia nike id? I am a heavier Guy, but these felt great in store. I wonder how the zoom bags will hold up?

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    • April 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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      Hey man,

      First of all, sorry for an ultimately late answer. Now, the Zoom bag in the kd 10 is much more durable comparing it to the last year’s model (so if you’re not playing on glass shards, you should be good). However, I didn’t have a chance to try out this XDR outsole yet, so I can’t say much about it unfortunately. Still, I think they’re worth a try.

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      • April 23, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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        No worries on the response time, I just appreciate that you’ll take the time to answer questions. Getting the right hoops shoe is critical. I’m looking at the dark grey version of the kd10. It has a solid rubber bottom. Do you think they will hold up outdoors? I don’t play outdoors a ton, but I cannot seem to find any other lows that suit me. And since many KD’s are on sale, I could get two pair for what Nike charges to nikeid a pair 😳.

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        • April 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm
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          Obviously, the KD10 isn’t the best option when talking about outdoor hooping. Still, if you don’t play on concrete 24/7, then they have a pretty good chance to hold up a season or maybe more.

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