The Nike Zoom KD III was a pretty good performance shoe with a few flaws… very few to be exact. With there being little improvement needed, in my opinion, the KD IV has been a bit of a disappointment thus far.
The features I thought were awesome (on the KD III) have been forgotten and left off of the KD IV completely… astonishing if you ask me.
In the forefront is the KD IV and behind is the KD III. The cuts are a bit different, with the KD III being slightly higher cut. Now, the cut of the shoe being lowered hasn’t effected the shoe one bit, in fact I prefer this cut on a personal level as it gives greater range of motion for your ankles. However, the problem lies within the heel and offers little to no lock-down whatsoever.
The KD III had these wonderful little notches in the heel that cup your Achilles and hold the heel in place… this was one of the features I loved in the KD III. I can’t quite grasp why something so simple and used previously wasn’t implemented once more. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Had the KD IV utilized those small little heel notches, I feel the heel lock-down would be great just as it was in the previous model.
This time around they went with a strap system that is called ‘Adaptive Fit’. I can’t say that I dislike the system in place but I haven’t quite grown to like at this point either. The strap does keep the midfoot in place, but so would a basic lacing setup. With the issue I’m having in the heel of the shoe I would have liked the strap to be placed higher up toward the ankle to help promote a bit more lock-down in that particular area as that’s where I seem to be having issues.
Don’t get me wrong, right now there are more features on the KD IV that I like versus dislike… it just so happens to be that the things I’ve had problems with this time around were non issues with the KD III.
That’s all for now, stay tuned for more updates prior to the full review.