First Impression: Nike KD V (5)
This colorway just doesn’t want to photograph well… they look great in person though…
Traction – Storytelling is back but this time it might work.
The rubber is VERY soft and pliable so it should create plenty of friction on the court. Only issue I see is for outdoor players… go with an XDR version if possible otherwise these may not last you too long.
Cushion – For the first time, we have heel and forefoot cushion. Why utilize heel cushion if KD rarely uses his heel… easy… not everyone is KD. They feel great, MUCH different than the hard as rocks feeling the KD IV brought you. The foam is nice and plush while the heel Air unit and 10mm forefoot Zoom unit will keep you comfortable.
The Zoom unit is shaped weird but I assume that is so the shoe can flex easier without restriction. Either way… these are actually comfortable.
Material – Thin Fuse is placed along the entire upper and it’s very similar to what was featured on the Hyperdunk 2012. It wraps around your foot perfectly and flexes easily… you won’t have to worry about the materials durability either which is a plus.
Fit – They fit ½ size large… I ordered a sz 9 for my NIKEiD version so I’m happy I went down ½ size in these in case what I had heard was true… and it is. The last used is narrow so wide footers will have to try them on. Don’t ask me what size you should get or how they will fit you because I can only speak for myself. They fit large and narrow… you will have to use your best judgment on fit if you must order online… I had to buy 2 pairs to get it right.
Ventilation – Not much ventilation but the fit is so secure that it shouldn’t affect their performance at all. The KD IV wasn’t well ventilated either so there really isn’t too much of a difference between the two.
Support – Their fit will offer the most support as it feels as if it will keep the foot secure and in place. The arch is molded and I believe there may be an internal shank plate – emphasis on the “I believe part”… as in not factual. While there is no heel counter, they have sculpted the foam at the heel which should do the job well enough.
The KD V is definitely an upgrade compared to the KD IV. To be honest, these feel as if they may be the best performing KD model since the KD II.