words // Brandon Richard
After much anticipation, Nike Basketball officially unveils the KD V. In the brand’s words, Kevin Durant’s fifth signature model is designed with premium materials and leading performance technologies to represent the evolution of Durant and his style of play.
At the helm once again was Footwear Design Director Leo Chang, who combined inspirational cues drawn from Durant’s personal journey with symbolism from the number five and wrapped the elements up in a premium performance package.
“Championship drive takes an entire team, and the new KD V represents the roadmap I follow,” said Kevin Durant. “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 an aesthetic likened to Durant’s smooth, fluid style of play, the KD V integrates four leading Nike 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 story is illustrated through a unique outsole, midsole texture, tongue quilting and heel counter details.
Now officially launched, the KD V is available in the Oklahoma City ‘Away’ Black/Blue colorway.
photos & video courtesy of Nike
Available: Nike KD V – OKC ‘Away’