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Update: Following an early preview of an unnamed pink colorway of the KD 16, a breakdown of the official Nike KD 16 “Aunt Pearl” has popped up courtesy of retailer imagery. Joining the KD 3 in carrying the tribute colorway this year, the KD 16 “Aunt Pearl” combines a pastel pink with a vibrant version of the hue. A rose appears at the left shoe’s tongue while a nod to his late Aunt Pearl and former basketball coach Kay Yow appears at the sockliner. Release for this colorway is expected to go down on October 14 via Nike SNKRS and select retailers at a price of $170 USD. Stay tuned for an official breakdown, as well as an update regarding the other pink colorway that previously appeared, as discussed below.
Original Story: The 2023-24 NBA season will be Kevin Durant‘s next opportunity to capture his third championship, and the addition of Bradley Beal on the Phoenix Suns could potentially put him in a position to do so. And with a fresh batch of 82 games slated to arrive later this year, the “Slim Reaper” is going to be lacing up his newest Nike signature: the KD 16. Various colorways have already started to trickle out online, and now we’ve got a first look at its forthcoming Nike KD 16 “Aunt Pearl” installment.
This release serves as a continuation of Durant’s tradition of honoring his late aunt that unfortunately passed away from breast cancer. It started out on the Nike KD 4 and has been one of the scoring machine’s beloved Nike initiatives. By the looks of these first leaked images, it looks as though the Swoosh designers employed a pale pink hue across its tongues, mesh underlays and textured midsole molds while dispersing hot pink accents towards the eyelets, heel icons and mid-foot molds. Tiny rear Swooshes are styled in pure white for extra contrast.
More detailed images are expected to surface closer to their official debut which will likely go down during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The MSRP is set at $160 USD. You can also buy a pair through Flight Club.
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