The 2018 NBA Finals came and went without Kevin Durant lacing up the KD 11 on the court. Days after the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nike has finally decided to officially unveil the latest signature model of the now two-time NBA champion.
For KD's 11th signature sneaker, designer Leo Chang focused on Durant's preference for comfort and love for runners like the Flyknit Trainer and Epic React when he's away from the court. A "broken-in" Flyknit upper provides a sock-like fit, while React foam and full-length Zoom Air in the midsole provide additional cushioning.
"For the tooling, we’ve created a perfect balance of plush ride and bounce," said Chang. "This doesn’t always happen; it really needs two materials to make it work."
The cushioning is housed by a rubber cup sole. Chang also says the thickness of the cushion used is taller than what is traditionally used in basketball silhouettes to cater specifically to Durant's preferences. Also runner inspired is the ankle collar, which comes from KD's love for the Air Sock Racer.
From a cosmetic perspective, the KD 11 will debut in the "Paranoid" colorway on June 18 that features a blue Flyknit upper and volt hits on the ankle collar, midsole, and branding. That will be followed up by the black-and-white "Still KD" iteration on June 25 globally and July 17 in North America.
Nike KD 11 "Paranoid"
Release Date: 06/18/18
Style #: AO2605-900
Nike KD 11 "Still KD"
Release Date: 07/18/18
Style #: AO2604-004