Ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ chase for a third straight NBA title, Nike has unveiled Kevin Durant‘s next signature sneaker. The Leo Chang-designed Zoom KD12 continues the relationship between Chang and Durant with a higher cut than previous models. Over the years KD has made it known that he loves a worn-in fit, which explains his reasoning for wearing some of his pairs for an extended amount of time. His preference resulted in the replacing of the sneaker’s strobel – a traditional material used to separate a sneaker’s upper from its cushioning technology – and welcomed the idea of stitching a full-length Air Zoom unit directly onto the upper. In addition, the heel incorporates another Nike Zoom unit stacked under the aforementioned full-length cushioning.
As you make your way towards the upper you’ll find four-way directional Flywire cables that ensure stability in specific regions of your foot when needed. Atop the flexible Flywire is a lightweight mesh layer that also feeds Durant’s desire for a worn-in feel. Lastly, the tongue is also comprised of Flywire with plush padding underneath.
Kevin Durant is expected to wear his twelfth sneaker this Saturday as the Golden State Warriors hit the road to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nike Zoom KD12 retails for $150 USD and is expected to arrive on April 1 in a ’90s-inspired colorway with a black/white edition to follow on April 6.