After the Nike KD 11 “EYBL” leaked overseas last month, we awaited a Stateside release in July. Now, the release date is official.
While the KD 11 “Still KD” still hasn’t released in the United States — you’ll have to wait until July 18 — Nike SNKRS is giving KD fans a limited release of an interesting multicolor build. Designed to celebrate Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League, this KD 11 “EYBL” features the Peach Jam logo embroidered at the heel panel in lime green. While Kevin Durant didn’t wear his new shoe in the 2018 NBA Finals, he has been wearing it on his summer China tour.
The KD 11 rides atop a rubber cupsole to contain its React and full-length Zoom Air setup. Nightwing2303 and Stanley T. both say the shoe rides high, but we’ll have more detailed information when the performance reviews are finished. You can learn more by checking out the Nike KD 11 deconstructed.
In July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant joined the Golden State warriors. In June 13, 2017, the warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 4-1 points and won the NBA championship in the 2016-17 season. Kevin Durant won the first crown and won FMVP. In April 2018, he won the world’s most influential honor in the Time magazine in 2018. In June 9, 2018, Kevin Durant won the NBA championship again with the warriors and won the 2017-2018 season finals MVP. The 2017-18 season won the annual community contribution award.
It’s good to be Kevin Durant. The newly-minted NBA champion and Finals MVP was a key contributor in his team’s 4-0 sweep of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His classic Nike KD4 released in the “Thunderstruck” colorway after Game 3, in which the Durantula put up an all-world 43-13-7 stat line. He was named Finals MVP. And now his new Nike KD 11 silhouette has now been officially unveiled.
Durant wanted a shoe that felt broken-in right out of the box, so head designer Leo Chang concocted a performance silhouette featuring a rubber cup sole that boasts a combination of Nike’s React and Zoom cushioning technologies, offering excellent responsiveness without sacrificing even a speck of comfort. The shoe’s Flyknit upper was constructed with a softer knit and a different collar than the two previous models, design tweaks that were inspired by last summer’s Nike Air Sock Racer-a shoe that Durant expressed his admiration for to Chang. The end result of the two’s collaborative process? A shoe that boasts the light-weight comfortable feel of a premium runner, while still offering all the rugged performance a player the caliber of the Slim Reaper needs to stay on top of his game.
The Nike KD 11 Still KD is one of the first colorways of Kevin Durant’s brand new 11th signature sneaker debuting this summer. The silhouette’s updated Flyknit upper and sock-like ankle collar features a mixture of white, black and grey hues for a Cookies & Cream-like theme. Other details include a reinforcing heel with branding, matching laces, a full-length Zoom Air cushioning and translucent React foam outsole to complete the design altogether.
One of our most anticipated basketball shoes of 2018 is nearly upon us so we’ve gotten up close and personal with the Nike KD 11 ‘Still KD’.Nike officially unveiled the KD 11 ‘Still KD’ earlier today, and the brand had us at full-length Zoom Air and a React foam midsole. The combination alone is intriguing enough to make the shoe easily top our most anticipated sneaker of the year list.
While we don’t know how the KD 11 will perform, we’re very excited to see how it feels on-foot. With the KD 10 being a letdown compared to the the KD 9, the KD 11 looks and sounds promising. Getting up close with the materials only furthers our excitement as the June 18 release can’t come soon enough (although it is the blue ‘Paranoid’ colorway releasing that day, according to Nike). Pricing has yet to be announced so we’re all hoping that the $150 price point of KD’s last two models won’t see an increase.