Nike Officially Unveils the KD V (KICKS)

by October 23, 2012


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Finally, Nike has officially unveiled Kevin Durant’s fifth signature sneaker. Behold, the Nike Zoom KD V. Durant’s fifth shoe takes cues from his personal life and symbolism from No. 5, and combines it all into a premium performance sneaker.

Designed (again) by Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director, the KD V launches worldwide on NIKEiD on November 6, then goes live in retail outlets on December 8, beginning with the Bright Crimson colorway and Black/blue colorways.

Here are a few more details, via Nike:

“Championship drive takes an entire team, and the new KD V represents the roadmap I follow,” said Kevin Durant, 3-time scoring champion. “Leo did a great job on the shoe by combining the best technology with my journey and what the number five means to me.”

With a refined design aesthetic matching Durant’s smooth and fluid style of play, the KD V integrates four leading technologies: 1) a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot, 2) Nike Air unit in the heel 3) unibody Hyperfuse upper construction for superior fit 4) external heel counter to allow the foot to move while still providing support.

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.