A First Look at the Nike Zoom KD 9 Elite

The Swoosh modifies KD’s kicks for his first playoff run as a Warrior.

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Earlier this month, Kevin Durant laced up a modified take on his signature KD 9 and now we finally have a proper look at the Elite kicks. More than likely the design Durant will don throughout the upcoming NBA Playoffs, the Zoom KD 9 Elite retains the general aesthetic and full-length Zoom cushioning of the original, but extends the collar — which now appears in a thin stretch fabric instead of Engineered Mesh — skyward a bit while employing thick Dyanmic Flywire cables throughout. If you take a look at the heel of the shoe, you’ll notice the Flywire even extends all the way around the ankle (beneath the thin fabric) for improved support and stability.

Though Nike has yet to officially announce the Zoom KD 9 Elite, the Dark Grey/Sail-Hyper Jade version of the kicks are listed as a February 23 release at Japanese retailers like atmos.