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Not Your Average Review: Nike Kyrie 4

Here’s what we think about Kyrie’s latest sneaker.

Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets
Kyrie 1 ‘BHM’
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Kyrie Irving’s 4th signature sneaker dropped earlier this season. The retail price of this shoe is $120, which is the same as previous Kyrie models. Comparable sneakers around this price include the UA Curry 4 for $130, LeBron Soldier 11 (ranges in price around $125), and the Adidas Dame 4, priced at $115.

Style

Kyrie’s 4th signature sneaker had a different designer than previous models of his shoe, and is probably why it doesn’t look like a continuation of the Kyrie 3. However, this shoe immediately reminded me of dinosaurs and the Kyrie 1, due to the teeth-like traction on the sides. So if your vibe includes fierce animals, you may want to consider purchasing a pair for street wear.

Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers
Nike Kyrie 1
Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Performance

The main selling point of this shoe is the deep groove on the bottom of the sneaker, which allows a player to make quicker lateral movements. The Kyrie 4 has more cushioning than in previous models of the shoe, but it kept its rounded edges and extended traction. The Kyrie line is all about making quicker movements on court.

Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

Overall Opinion

Hands down, the Kyrie 4 is one of the best performance sneakers you can get right now for $120. Yes, they don’t look as sleek as the Kyrie 3, but what it lacks in style it easily makes up for with increased lateral quickness. I’m not saying these shoes will give you Kyrie’s handles, but they just might make you feel a little quicker on that crossover move.