By// Chandler Rollins
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder has teamed up with Nike once again, and released his fifth signature shoe with the brand, the Zoom KD V, according to Nike online. The sneaker, designed by Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director, is inspired by KD’s journey to becoming 3-time NBA scoring champion.
The Zoom KD loses the Adaptive Fit strap found in the previous KD releases and replaces it with a unibody Hyperfuse upper and an external heel counter on the foot. The sneaker also features Nike Zoom in the forefront and Nike Max Air cushioning in the heel. The design of the shoe is heavily influenced by the number five, an ode to Durant’s upbringing in Maryland. Nike’s press release states:
The shoe’s hidden story comes from five players united on the court, five sides of a pentagon – a Washington D.C. landmark, five corners of a star, and Durant’s fifth Nike signature shoe. This tribute to five is brought to life on the shoe’s outsole pattern, midsole texture, tongue quilting with V’s, and heel counter details.
The Maryland state flag inspires the color combination on the shoe’s Bright Crimson colorway – with the flag’s red, yellow and black remixed in bright and light tones – a fitting tribute to Durant’s home state.
The Nike Zoom KD V will be available on Nike ID customization starting November 6th and the first official colorways, “Bright Crimson” and “Road,” will hit retail stores on December 8th. No price has been announced just yet.
Watch designer Leo Chang discuss the Nike KD Zoom below: