words // Brandon Richard
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is Washington D.C. born, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a die-hard Redskins fan. Durant’s Zoom KD III signature shoe has already dropped in a colorway said to be inspired by the Baltimore Orioles, which used to be the D.C. team by default until the Nationals stepped on the scene. Now the shoe is set to drop in a colorway linked to KD’s beloved Washington Redskins.
Sporting a team red leather upper, the “Redskins” KD III is accented by white on the Swoosh, Flywire notation, laces, upper tongue and rear midsole. Del Sol is used for the Swoosh border and textile along the inner liner. Finishing off the look below is a gum rubber outsole.
This excerpt from our exclusive interview with Leo Chang and the Nike Design Team explains how this colorway came about:
NDP: What about the Redskins burgundy and yellow colorway?
Leo Chang: That actually came from our trip to China with him, and we were asking him what other colors he wanted. Right away, he said, “I want a Redskins based colorway.” So we ran that version and it has a gumsole.
Will Eberhart: That was just insight from the athlete. And, not what’s your favorite team, but what’s your heritage? Where are you from? The kid represents DC all day, and what’s most notable about DC? Redskins. So we ran with the Redskins, and it was a fight, but it’s been well received.