It’s anyone’s guess where Kevin Durant will end up playing next season, but it’s clear what will be on his feet. After debuting the sneakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals (and scoring 33 points in them), Nike and Durant officially revealed the new KD9 sneaker.
The low-top sneaker will continue to feature the extended tongue that fans of KD’s shoes have grown accustomed to, and which makes them one of the most wearable kicks both on and off the court. But for the first time, one of Durant’s signature shoes will feature Nike’s Flyknit technology. “The upper allows me to shift to the right and come back to my left really quick and pull up on a dime,” Durant says. “The shoes are perfectly catered to my foot, like I molded these and got a special pair made. That’s what I want everybody to feel who puts these on. It will feel personal.”
The Zoom Air cushioning in the KD9 runs the entire length of the shoe, tapering from 16mm in the heel to 10mm near the toe, allowing the shoes to absorb impact and provide a stable platform when players push off to cut or drive.
The grey colorway above was the first to launch on June 20. A red, white, and blue version, nicknamed Premiere, and a black and white version, nicknamed Mic Drop, will follow in the coming weeks. The shoes will cost $150 at nike.com.
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