Kyrie 7 Vs Kyrie Vapor X On The Tennis, Basketball and Pickleball Court

Kyrie 7 Vs Kyrie Vapor X On The Tennis, Basketball and Pickleball Court

Real foot doctor compares the Nike Kyrie 7 Play for the Future and Nike Kyrie Vapor X head to head to review their speed,comfort, durability, and playability on the tennis, basketball, and pickleball court.
I also explore how tennis and basketball sneakers are similar and also differ – so can you play tennis in a basketball shoe and can you play basketball in a tennis (court) shoe?

Both shoes are Kyrie Irving signature shoes with the Vapor X being a collab from his Kyrie 5 line with Nick Kyrgios for the US Open.

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Time Stamps:
00:00 Video Intro
02:21 Upper Durability Test
02:51 Suicide Test
03:36 Infrared Test
03:53 Kyrie 7 on foot
04:23 Kyrie 7 on the pickleball court
05:10 Midsole teardown
05:56 Serve Test
06:41 Outsole
07:17 Outsole Durability Test
07:53 Vapor X on the basketball court
08:43 Tennis Court Performance
10:26 Do mid and high top sneakers prevent ankle sprains
11:30 Which is better for pickleball
12:08 Which is better for tennis
12:33 Which is better for outdoor basketball
12:44 What are the best outdoor basketball shoes

As a foot doctor I look at tennis shoes, basketball shoes and shoe technology a bit differently as I focus more on what foot types benefit from these shoes as well as the tennis and basketball shoe’s functional attributes on the court

Some of the main areas we cover in this tennis shoe playtest, and performance review of the Nike Kyrie 7 Play for the Future and Nike Air Zoom Kyrie 5 Vapor X tennis shoes are:

– The weight, durability, fit and playability
– What are the features of the insole, midsole, and outsole
– Nike tennis and basketball shoe technology explained

Part of the 2021 head to head series

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  1. Foot Doctor Zach on May 19, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Check out the best outdoor basketball shoes here:

  2. SpaceFlare on May 19, 2021 at 1:18 am

    If the higher cut on the Kyrie 7 bothers you, worth noting that the Kyrie 4 Low might be a great alternative. Has mostly the same tooling in a lower cut

  3. Van Dyk on May 19, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Great vid 💪

  4. Michael Yoong on May 19, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Another great review Zach! Them Kyrie 7s have horrendous durability even for indoors! You wear them out just by looking at them!

  5. leisurefarm on May 19, 2021 at 1:22 am

    absolutely, basketball shoes are great for tennis – currently my fave are kd13 and kd12, and lebron 18 if you don’t mind the height.

  6. Rob Williams on May 19, 2021 at 1:25 am

    It’s not a leaflet, it’s a “fly trap”! Lots of people say that mids don’t really give any extra support and it’s more about prioperception. Is that your view?

  7. Brian Carroll on May 19, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I have the Kyrie Vapor X…the worst tennis shoe I’ve ever worn. Hands down. They are oddly stiff and fit way too snug. I like the way they look in my closet but after about 4 times I’ll never step on a court with them again.

  8. Dave Lee on May 19, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Also, this is a crossover of the kyrie 5 and vapor 10, you stated that it was a kyrie 7 zoom vapor, maybe it was accidental.

  9. Squaredot01 on May 19, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Amazing attention to detail in your reviews, keep up the good work! Never thought about trying a basketball shoe for pickleball. I may pick up a pair to try out!

  10. leisurefarm on May 19, 2021 at 1:42 am

    omg, that’s the way, man! thanks!!!!!

  11. Gimlegara on May 19, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Hi great video.
    I have some ankle sprain problems. I play tennis and basketball.So do you think Kyrie7 are a good stable shoes for basketball ?
    I just bought the vapor pro for tennis and I like them. I like the stability.
    Do you know a good stable basketball shoes ?
    Thank u

  12. Dave Lee on May 19, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Dang, this colab makes me question going with adidas for tennis shoe and apparel.

  13. Mason Wrisley on May 19, 2021 at 1:45 am

    This is a cool video, really interesting

  14. leisurefarm on May 19, 2021 at 1:46 am

    the major thing tennis shoes gotta improve on is the looks — basketball shoes look way better!

  15. Eby N on May 19, 2021 at 1:47 am

    You need to try the nike gt cut😊👍👌👍👍

  16. Pranav Shankar on May 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Man you read my mind!!!!! I am thinking about buying the kyrie 7’s for basketball, but could not find a review of them that covers the use of them by a tennis player (because I play tennis almost everyday for about 2.5 hours) also none of the other reviews come from the perspective of a foot doctor which I really appreciate. I loved this video. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you for this video. It made my decision to buy them so much easier. Thanks for the video once again.

  17. Pedro Torres on May 19, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Here’s two shoes that I believe would be very nice to play pickle ball and maybe tennis. Puma clyde all pro. Nike gt cut

  18. Michael P on May 19, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I think the Vx wins this one.

  19. Jacob 95 on May 19, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Great vid thanks maybe next time get a guy that plays basket ball more often. You basket ball footwork looked elementary!
    But great vid keep up the good work 💪

  20. Camilo Andrés Salamanca Viatela on May 19, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Have you tried any of the new Wilson Models for 2021? If so, how good are they compared to the top Nike, Adidas and Aisics?

  21. SushiRex on May 19, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Haven’t worn my Kyrie Vapor X’s on court yet… really glad you did this!

  22. vivek allu on May 19, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Amazing content Zach, l have a very slim lightweight frame 130 pounds and narrow feet. I want to slide on hard courts and l like light weight shoes. Which ones do you recommend? I don’t care about durability, l can change every 2 months. I want to feel the ground with my toes, drag toes and slide laterally

  23. abhinand1000 on May 19, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Hey Zach,

    I’m one of those guys that loves wearing tennis shoes for basketball to avoid buying 2 shoes (I currently use the air zoom gp turbo). I was wondering what you think are the downsides of using a tennis shoe on a basketball court

  24. DEE on May 19, 2021 at 2:12 am

    LOVE your reviews doc. You ought to do more Basketball Shoe reviews, You are the only one who actually have an intellectual ability to know the make-up of the shoes. Im a subscriber for sure.
    Can’t wait for your NIKE ZOOM GT CUT shoes. (Its labeled as the shoe with the most TECH) really wanna see your shoe tear down analysis of this one.