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.