Following his back-to-back NBA Championship, Nike Basketball has officially unveiled Kevin Durant’s next signature shoe, the Nike KD 11. The shoe is described as California casual. Or simply acknowledge it as the ultimate merger of laid-back chill shoe and performance basketball equipment.
Earlier this week Nike shared a first look at the KD 11. Today a second colorway has already emerged in black and grey. Kevin Durant‘s favored Zoom Air cushioning makes its way back into the fold as Nike’s REACT foam joins in on the fun, marking the first time it’s been incorporated into KD’s signature line. The Flyknit upper consist of black and dark grey weaving that gives it a charcoal look while branding is kept to a minimum with KD’s logo subtly placed on the heel counter and Nike’s Swoosh logo found on the lateral side of the toebox. The aforementioned sole unit receives a translucent touch to complete the colorway.
On the KD 11, the third consecutive KD signature to feature Nike’s most adaptable textile technology, the Flyknit gets a little more plush, a little more “broken-in” and a thus a lot softer.
The shoe itself has a rubber cup sole that houses the Nike React and Nike Zoom. The former cushions between court and body, while the latter sits just under the foot to provide response. A key component in the resulting system was identifying the correct thickness for the foam element, which Chang notes is taller than in typical basketball shoes.
“He likes the feel of the Flyknit Trainer and the Nike Epic React”, says Chang. “Last summer, he loved the Air Sock Racer — that is where the collar of the 11 came from, and all the lofting in the tongue and quarter followed”.