words & interview // Nick DePaula
video // Jotham Porzio
After humble beginnings in the DMV and a journey that’s taken him to Austin, Seattle and now on to superstardom in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant is looking forward to yet another season in the Association and another shot at the NBA Finals after coming up short last spring.
“Championship drive takes an entire team,” says Durant. “The new KD V represents the roadmap I follow.”
As Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang, who’s now penned all five of Durant’s signature models, explains in our exclusive interview below, ever-present theme of team and family never escapes the Zoom KD series.
Hear firsthand from Chang below as he breaks down the initial starting points for the new Zoom KD V, along with design and logo details and why Durant’s newest shoe comes equipped with heel Air Max, a first.
The Nike Zoom KD V is now available in both the “OKC” Black / Photo Blue colorway and “DMV” Bright Crimson / White / Wolf Grey colorway.
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.
Available: Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol “Redskins”
words // Brandon Richard
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.