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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.
Available: Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol “Redskins”
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With his team making a strong run heading into the NBA Playoffs, Kevin Durant’s third signature shoe is now available in two new colorways for spring. In addition to the photo blue and team orange Oklahoma City Thunder “home” colorway, an alternate look has surfaced. The shoe is black leather based with woven side panels, accented by hits of cool grey and team orange. Both styles are up now at Eastbay.
Available: Nike Zoom KD III
Click here for an in-depth performance review of the Zoom KD III by Sole Collector.
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Much like Kevin Durant’s game, the color palette for his third signature shoe continues to expand, now available in a spring-friendly colorway. This pair employs wolf grey nubuck for the majority of the upper, filling in the side panels and forefoot Flywire panel with del sol yellow. The tongue and side panel Swoosh logos are done in white, with del sol returning for duty on the textile inner liner. Wolf grey and yellow handle the midsole, while white rubber takes care of the outsole to finish off the look. Pick up a pair today over at Eastbay.
For more insight on the Zoom KD III, check out the video featuring designer Leo Chang here.
Available: Nike Zoom KD III – Wolf Grey/Del Sol-White
If you’re looking for the perfect shoe to wear for your league basketball games, the Nike Zoom KD III may be the perfect choice for you. Now available in team colorways, the KD III is constructed with durable leather and textile materials on the upper and finished with a solid rubber herringbone traction outsole. The shoe also packs technology like Flywire lockdown supports, Phylon midsole and Zoom Air cushioning in one of the most affordable signature sneakers on the market.
Each shoe is white leather based and features green, red or blue color detailing on the side panels, forefoot, inner liner and midsole. Metallic silver is used for Flywire branding, the Swoosh border and the video game inspired ‘buttons’ on the heel.
Available to ship in early February, you can pre-order these new colorways of the Nike Zoom KD III today at Eastbay.
Pre-Order: Nike Zoom KD III
Final NBA All-Star voting returns before the official announcement had Kevin Durant leading the way for forwards in the Western Conference. If that holds true, the scoring sensation from the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in line to start the first All-Star Game of what is sure to be many in his career.
Along with his second All-Star bid may come a second scoring title. Averaging 28.4 points per game, KD has a comfortable lead over the pack to win scoring bragging rights for the second consecutive year. Doing so would put him in elite company, joining names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Doing so at the age of 22 would put him in a class of his own.
Every ‘blackout’ scorer needs a ‘blackout’ shoe in their signature lineup. Here’s a look at the black-on-black Zoom KD III. The leather-based shoe features a tonal Flywire panel near the forefoot and mesh side panels. Dark grey provides a minimal change in color, working Flywire branding, KD’s logo on the tongue and the video game buttons on the heel. Predictably, a black Zoom-cushioned rubber sole with classic herringbone traction pattern finishes things below.
The Black/Dark Grey colorway of the Zoom KD III will be available at Eastbay on February 4th.