Nike KD 5 Unveiled

October 23, 2012 | 11

When images of the Nike KD 5 surfaced a few weeks ago, it had fans wondering if opting for the new mid-top silhouette was the right choice. Aesthetics aside, Kevin Durant needed a sneaker to help him perform even better. And with the help of Leo Chang, the Nike KD 5 is the most technological performance sneaker for the Kevin Durant lineup yet.

The Nike KD 5 features a Zoom Air in the forefoot along with an Air unit in the back heel. There will be no need for a forefoot strap because the unibody Hyperfuse upper provides an ultimate fit. The Nike KD 5 has a release date on December 8th, but if you can’t wait it’ll hit NikeiD on November 6th worldwide.

Check out the official press release below for the full details on the Nike KD 5 and this colorway.

Designed with premium materials and leading Nike performance technologies, the KD V represents the evolution of Kevin Durant and his style of play.

Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director, took Durant’s fifth signature shoe to new dimensions by combining inspirational cues drawn from Durant’s personal journey with symbolism from the number five – wrapped up in a premium performance package.

“Championship drive takes an entire team, and the new KD V represents the roadmap I follow,” said Kevin Durant, 3-time scoring champion. “Leo did a great job on the shoe by combining the best technology with my journey and what the number five means to me.”

With a refined design aesthetic matching Durant’s smooth and fluid style of play, the KD V integrates four leading technologies: 1) a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot, 2) Nike Air unit in the heel 3) unibody Hyperfuse upper construction for superior fit 4) external heel counter to allow the foot to move while still providing support.

The shoe’s hidden story comes from five players united on the court, five sides of a pentagon – a Washington D.C. landmark, five corners of a star, and Durant’s fifth Nike signature shoe. This tribute to five is brought to life on the shoe’s outsole pattern, midsole texture, tongue quilting with V’s, and heel counter details.

The Maryland state flag inspires the color combination on the shoe’s Bright Crimson colorway – with the flag’s red, yellow and black remixed in bright and light tones – a fitting tribute to Durant’s home state.

The KD V launches globally on NIKEiD on November 6, then is fully available beginning December 8 in both the Bright Crimson colorway and Black/blue colorway.

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  • http://theshoegame.com bxsneakerhead

    The stretch tongue was a nice touch. Other then that Im not feeling the kd V in terms of style or to wear causually. Probably a real good ball shoe tho

  • AlSneaks

    not a bad shoe overall, but still dissapointing as a sig shoe “HyperDurant”. looks like what would have been Westbrook’s sig shoe if he stuck with Nike.

  • http://www.TheShoeGame.com G-Roc

    I don’t think any of us were expecting this, but people will still cop for the sake of them being the new KDs.

    I want to see them in person and try them on. Also, looking forward to seeing what type of QS releases they have planned. I saw a sample of video game inspired character this summer, but I don’t know if Nike was able to reach an agreement with the video game company. I guess we will see soon.

  • aSh

    Hmmmmmm with all the little detail through out the shoe… I can see some interesting color combos… Still not as nice as the IVs but Im diggin em… and has anyone noticed that almost all 2012-2013 nikes have the same inside toe swoosh thing going on? i.e. RosheRun 2012, Lebron X, Hyperposites… guess thats the new thing…

  • pca4

    Whhhhhaaaaccccck as fuk ,next plz….

  • Beanz

    you all are crazy these are nice i even like the colorway that is on this page. people need to expand their horizons. people said the same crap about the lebron 9 because they were different from the traditional. watch when they put some special colorway out, people will be going nuts over these. this a great shoe for nikeid.

  • Grind305

    Ok I guess I’ll be the first to say it…Lebron 9,Kobe 7, and KD 4 are better models that the 2013 models…DONE!!!

  • mask

    yeah they’re nice. the red colorway and the detailed pics do it alot of justice.

  • http://www.fistonclothing.com FistonClothing

    Hyperdunk 2011 w/air unit…

  • Guess Who?

    Strictly hooping shoes but if Nike decided to make a low cut model with a few modifications such as sole shape and thickness…

  • rob japondar ellevera

    is that the original one ??