Nike KD VI Elite - Mens - Photo Blue/Atomic Mango/Polarized Blue/Team Orange

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    "Elitist Swag"
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    Pros - near perfect cushioning, excellent build, comfortable yet secure fit, great traction
    Cons - priced a bit high, lacing system's a bit awkward, could use more white based colors
    First off a shout out to our MVP KD for bagging the award. He deserved it both on and off court.

    I was a bit skeptical playing in lows (again) since the last lows i played in was the Kobe VI. I loved the Kobe VI for the overall performance minus the ventilation issue. So for quite sometime i've been playing in mostly lebrons and high cut shoes. But then it suddenly came to me that i think shifting to lows would be a great idea (again). A few months back i was wishing that nike would release a version of the lebrons lows WITH the same cushioning as the regular hightops. The 360 max never was my cup of tea both visually and for playing. But while researching for an eventual low top with the max zoom bag rumors started circulating that Mr. MVP's Elite Version of the KD VI would have the max zoom bag. Flash forward a few months time i was holding the KD VI Elite in my hand. A few hours later, I found myself playing in one of my dream shoes. Let's get it on with the KD VI Elite review

    Quality - I think nike's beginning to up the ante again with their performance line. Quality on these are top notch. Ignore the minor glue overlaps and you've got a real looker here. Recently we've been playing intense whole courts and these held up real well. Hyperrev hybrid construction made these light. Placement of swoosh and KD logo could have been better but no issues there when you're playing.

    Fit/Comfort - Fit was one of the main reasons i was skeptical at first. A space on the right side of the arch of the right shoe was kinda bothering me at first forcing me to re lace but no issues there when we started playing. Flywire cables again minimized foot movement inside while keeping a secure fit. Double tongue didn't bother me quite as much since they weren't moving at all. These has got to be once of the most comfortable low tops to date as i've been walking aroung in them without having the urge to take them off. Ventilation is also good and seems better than the regulars but i wouldn't know because these are my first KD VI. I just based those by the looks of the upper

    Traction - Incredible traction on our outdoor cement court. Had to make a sudden stop because of an interception in one of our games and these amazed me more than the lebrons. The reversed KD V story telling outsole pattern really is that good outdoors. Hopefully I'll be able to update this review once i've played more than 5 times in these.

    Cushioning - Yes. One of the strongpoints of these are the visible max zoom bags. You see them there and believe me you're gonna feel them there. These seem better than most cushioning setups i've played in including the Lebron X regular and elite. You can even feel the bags here more. Maybe because the midsole was trimmed down a bit for Durant to maximize court feel but that's just me. I play high post and the low block most of the time with a little bit of running here and there and these are a Big Man's delight. I think the 1,2, & 3 will also love these but come on, position specific shoes are really just a sentence nowadays i believe.

    The price is ridiculous if you ask me. But from what i've felt so far is worth it. Good thing i got these with a 30% off. Colors could also use an upgrade for those who have a taste for white based shoes including me. But for now I believe that these are real performers