A Perfect 10: The KD X

Nike KD X

At first glance, the KD X looks similar to its predecessor, the KD 9, but a deeper dive into the shoe reveals the subtle intricacies that make the KD X so innovative.

Durant’s 10th signature shoe marks a milestone. It’s been 10 years since a skinny teenager signed a deal with one of basketball’s most iconic brands. As Durant has grown, he’s continually refined his game, working to become as efficient as possible.

His signature shoe line takes a similar approach, consistently making subtle updates that allow Durant to perform better and better on the court. The KD X utilizes the best Flyknit construction to ever be on a basketball shoe – engineered specifically for the flexibility, breathability, and support a basketball player needs.

The Flyknit advancement mixes low-stretch, high-tenacity yarn at critical stretch points, as well as a high stretch yarn at the collar and across the forefoot. The combination creates the perfect balance of support and a sock-like fit that’s made with basketball in mind.

The unconventional lacing system is another standout feature of the KD X. Durant and Nike designer Leo Chang focused on the laces, noting that the laces are an often under-the-radar element of the shoe. The lacing system helps provide a snug, supportive fit, while the large laces provide a unique look that Durant loves.

Of course, a player with Durant’s explosiveness needs strong cushioning. The KD X carries over the full-length Nike Zoom Air unit that debuted in the KD 9, enhanced for added durability and refined for maximum impact cushioning, so that Durant can absorb contact and turn it into responsive energy.

Building upon the KD 9, with the addition of subtle technology upgrades, the new KD X is a perfect 10. The shoe will be available on June 2 at eastbay.com.

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