K-Swiss Defier RS. Great shoe.

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by Craig Sheppard, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Craig Sheppard

    Craig Sheppard Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I've been playing with the K-Swiss Defier RS this past week. I know, I know, it's an old shoe. But oldie and a goodie, that's for sure. I passed this model up in the past, trying to find a flashier, lighter shoe... but I finally tried some and am duly impressed. Here's a mini-review:

    Fit: Wide baby, wide. These fit my wide foot better than the Yonex SHT-304s, my previous favorite widebody shoe. Maybe that's b/c in K-Swiss sizing I hit up a 9 instead of the 8.5s on the Yonis. But these are great fitting shoes for a wide foot. They're fairly low to the ground too. I had pretty good court feel in the forefoot.

    Comfort/Cushioning: Not the most cushioned shoe I've tried, but they do the job. They're darn comfortable though. Leather is soft, not like some other K-Swiss plasticky leather I've seen. These really are out-of-the-box comfortable. I wore them around my house for a few hours watching TV just to get a feel for them and then hit the courts, no worries.

    Weight/Support: Not too heavy, not too light. Just middle of the road. My size 9 shoes weighed a smidge under 15 oz (yes I weighed them), so I can't complain. The laces are extraordinary. Didn't have to re-tie once--and I don't think I've met many shoes I didn't have to re-tie. They felt very stable moving from side to side... I run on the outside of my foot, so I can feel if a shoe is weak in lateral support...no worries here.

    Outsoles: Nice traction on the full herringbone tread. I haven't had a chance to work them on clay, but I'm guessing they'll work well. My Yonex SHT-304s were bad on clay. I slipped many times due to their bad clay traction. One nice thing about the outsoles on these is that they're flexible. Some shoes, namely my NB CT1002's and the K-Swiss Glaciator SCD's I tried, are "clompy". There just isn't a smooth transition from heel to toe when walking/running. These babies are smooth and quiet.

    Some negs: Ok, not everything is strawberries and ice cream... these shoes are a little stuffy. Full leather will do that to you. It's not as bad as say, the Nike Air Resolve Plus, but it's no mesh monster. I will take the comfort and support over some mesh, but maybe for the next version they could throw in a little more aeration. I don't think it's that big of a negative... but something to be aware of if you don't like to have foot saunas in Miami in August.
  2. Serve 'em hard

    Serve 'em hard Banned

    Apr 19, 2007
    So what is the most cushioned shoe you've tried? I'm looking for a good shoe that offers some cushioning for sore knees that's suitable for both hard court and clay.

    Also, what color is your verison of this shoe?
  3. vinnier6

    vinnier6 Professional

    Sep 14, 2005
    i have a pair of kswiss ultrascendor mids, they dont offer much in the arch support department, but other than that, i like the shoes, although i doubt i will buy kswiss again...there is much better shoes out there..

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