via Press Release
Nike Basketball officially introduces the KD VI, Kevin Durant’s sixth signature shoe. Designed for Durant’s evolved style of play, the shoe’s striking silhouette combines with technical innovations to complement his controlled footwork.
As designer Leo Chang began the process of designing the KD VI 18 months ago, he found inspiration in the precision craftsmanship of a wristwatch. Like a premium watch, which is meticulously crafted, the KD VI features fine-tuned details that include:
Ultra-thin two layer upper with Flywire for lockdown support
An optical illusion logo on the tongue revealing “35” and “6” in negative space
Radial brushed texture marks on the midsole, KD logo and Nike Swoosh
A multi-layered hexagon traction pattern
Similar to Durant’s controlled fluidity on the court, a watch operates with precise movements. Small nuances in Durant’s style of play and the KD VI design mirror the micro details of a wristwatch. Classic minimalism suggests less is sometimes more.
“When Kevin and I first discussed his sixth shoe we wanted to create a simplified design that was bold, beautiful and told a story,” said Chang.
High-speed lateral footwork is critical to sports such as tennis and soccer and corresponding footwear is designed to support this skill-set. Why not basketball? In analyzing Durant’s need for quickness on the court, Chang landed on a low-profile design that is light in weight and tight to the foot.
The KD VI features six key performance benefits:
New tongue construction for superior fit
Ultra-thin two-layer upper with Flywire for lockdown support
Hyperfuse construction for comfort and breathability
Nike Zoom in the forefoot for responsive cushioning
Max Air unit in the heel for maximum impact protection
Data-informed traction pattern for non-slip control
“As I look to evolve my game, my shoe plays a big role,” said Durant. “The KD VI has the low and light feel that Leo and I concepted from the start and I’m excited to get out and play in it next season.”
The six-sided hexagonal pattern creates the traction pattern of the KD VI, paying homage to the fact that this is Durant’s sixth shoe. A close look at the shoe’s outsole reveals multi-hexagonal layers. This intricate pattern is designed around the imprint, or pressure map, taken from Durant’s foot as it was scientifically analyzed at the Nike Sports Research Lab.
MADE IN MARYLAND
Durant was born and raised in Seat Pleasant, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. He honed his game after spending countless hours at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, his home away from home. The rec center’s trademark teal and yellow colors, spotted on the center’s doormat by Chang on his first trip to Seat Pleasant in 2008, inspired the lead KD VI colorway launching this month.
Available: Nike KD VI – Seat Pleasant