words // Brandon Richard
As part of the Nike “Year of the Dragon” footwear collection, the Zoom KD IV arrives in a blue-toned look inspired by the mythical water dragon. The cross-strap, in combination with the wave pattern on the tongue and the laser-etched blue shadows, creates a unique rippling effect. A water dragon surrounding the KD logo on the heel highlights Chinese association. Dominated by light blue and light mango, the shoe is also symbolic of Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder teammates. All the elements create another highly-anticipated pair of Nike basketball shoes for OKC’s sharp-shooter, who happened to be born during a Year of the Dragon on the Chinese Zodiac cycle.