Kevin Durant Debuts Nike Zoom KD V
As we wrap up the current cycle of signature shoes and the last of the remaining releases hit stores, we lay out a fresh new doormat and welcome in the next installments of LeBron, Kobe, KD, CP3, Melo, and Fly Wade for the upcoming 2012-2013 NBA Season. Yesterday, we were given a nice helping of fresh new kicks as LeBron James debuted his LeBron X during Sunday morning’s Gold Medal game (as did Chris Paul his CP3.VI), but Kevin Durant actually had his fellow Gold Medalists beat by about a month; Durant participated in a commercial shoot for NBA 2K13 while wearing the NBA 2K13, and although the full commercial won’t go on air until later on, we caught some clear viewings of the Nike Zoom KD V that will be featured in that upcoming ad.
After catching a glimpse of the KD V in catalog image form earlier this year, this first real-world view of the V reveals some interesting details; first off, the Adaptive Fit strap has been removed in favor of a unique boot-like construction using a non-traditional tongue, the pronounced heel-counter should serve as an added stability feature for KD (who likes shoes tight-fitting), and the high-cut tongue and lower heel adds some visual flair in a manner similar to the Lunar Hyperdunk+ and LeBron 9. We’ll keep you updated on the Zoom KD V as Nike prepares for the official unveiling later this year, but check out the images below and let us know what you think of the next step in Durant’s growing Nike saga below!
design wise these arent totally original but look to function really well. It resembles a boot the way the tongue & upper is one piece (if im not mistaken) and the fly wire lacing system that connects to the sole rather that the upper of the shoe for a snug stable fit is one of biggest (albiet simple) functional innovations nike has come up with in years. functionally this shoe looks like its going to kick mass, 95% sure these will be in my rotation upon release. Im hoping its going to a be a cheeper upgrade to the hyper dunk 2013's.
Looks like KDs will b over a hundred dollars next season... dam shame. But at least he will get an elite shoe...
Those are basketball shoes meant for playing BASKETBALL in not for CASUAL wear. You hypebeast will never understand.
KD doesn't have much swagg so these images are not as appealing as I would have hoped. However, the shoe looks good. I can't wait to see a Weatherman colorway or Texas edition...
Honestly I know I might not be in popular opinion but from these pictures I'm liking these more than i did the 4's and here why. For all the hot colorways and hot design that the 4 had it still looked like a cheap shoe. These don't look cheap at all, you can tell they stepped it up with material on these. The mess on the tongue height of the shoe, it all calls to Durant but looks what Nike is doing right now with their basketball shoes(like the backwards swoosh on the toe).Can't wait
Wow!! O _o these look CHEESY smh I hope Nike get it together but with nice colorway I might have a different outlook on these KDV but right now im not feelin them at all
These are looking good, really interesting. Its good that KD keeps em so cheap, it forces the designers to actually work hard at the DESIGN, to make em look good in order to sell. Unlike the Lebron X i just saw which is just hideous, they obviously get too much money and have just gone overboard banging in shapes and triangles and jagged midsoles just because they can, making no sense to the design... and forgetting that LESS IS MORE. The KD line looks like its going from strength to strength. The kids commenting below me are probably the ones that are just waiting for some limited cw like a nerf or something... Fails. I only wish they would do a luxury version for us that can afford it, because durant deserves the high tech, being the future of NBA. But thats not his style, so kudos to him for keeping it real so everybody can be involved.
After the KD IV's I really expected alot from Nike, But these are wayyyy below my expectations. I'll probably just try and cop all the IV's I missed out on.
I think everybody undestands that these are meant for basketball, they are named after basketball players arent they?
@BlackAndBent A very big part of design is making the shoe look good, which isn't the case with the medial views we've seen so far. Keeping a design simple can be a virtue, as long as it gets it's point across, the only message this design sends is that they forgot to add a hero to the design. Rather than "less is more" the big rule in design is "form must follow function". In the case of this shoe, it appears as if the designer said "fuck form, this shoe can function"
Still Checkin for a good price fr the Rouge Greens, YOTD, and the BHM