March 20th, 2013 by Brendan Dunne / 47
The Nike KD V Elite will release on April 27th. The sneaker transforms the typical Nike KD V silhouette into a low affair, sort of returning to the form that the sneaker world went crazy over on the Nike Zoom KD IV. The first look we’ve got at the sneaker comes in the form of this “Superhero” colorway, which dons an energetic volt look and a slick looking Air bag on the back end. See more on the Nike KD V Elite (Release date April 27th) after the jump and stay tuned to for more info on the Nike Basketball Elite Series 2.0.
Update: Nike has changed the release date, and the Nike Basketball Elite Series is now releasing April 27th.
via NIKE Inc
KD V ELITE: Ultimate Control
Capturing Kevin Durant’s thunderous power of ultimate control, the new low KD V ELITE debuts in a volt colorway, illuminated by the sharp glow of lightning bolts. The design speaks to Durant’s versatility, shooting accuracy and finely-tuned court vision.
The re-engineered low-top silhouette offers a full range of motion for Durant’s playoff push. Additional enhanced technical highlights include:
Yeah, I kinda dig these. I actually dig the simplicity of the styling. I might be in the minority, but I wouldn't mind copping this colorway. It seems to kinda flow.
it is funny that there is people out there, debating about lowtops in basketball... Adidas were the first to push lowtop performance shoes to another level... then there was the Kobes... finally NIke did another lowcut signature shoe.
Ankle support is actually a myth... the best way to support an ankle injury is to stay low to the ground and an air bubble is not helping in that case. Since it is a Nike shoe it would be so much cooler with their Lunar cushioning... colorway is okay...
Finally!!! I saw some nice CW in the KD V hi tops, but for me I dislike the hi tops models but this right here n... I hope they release more CW soon!!
These shoes look good. I think Nike, for a change, took in demand the request for a low KD sneaker to return to the market. Without losing losing too much of the KD V shape, except for the obvious missing upper, I think it's a nice job. Now if they had found some way to throw that strap back in there, people might have gone crazy but I can appreciate these.
These are clean. Pretty sure KD won't be rocking this cw in the playoffs. Have sort of a Kobe vibe to them but my only complaint would come 7-9 years down the road when that heel has been worn down and the air bubble burst. I buy shoes for them to last unless I buy it strickly for hooping or work. I still have my OG Flightposites (Golden green and Metallic purple) in good condition
these are sick but i dont see kd wearing these he's 6"10 his ankles will turn to jello in these sweet idea but not practical for hooping
They hot... I like da new air unit & shank plate.... might have to fuck wit these in a different cw...
@BlackDynamiteX1X nah it might cost a lil more cos its Elite
You are incorrect. Is it a myth if someone has a congenital issue that needs added support? There was a player for Georgetown back in the eighties by the name of Ralph Dalton, Ewing's backup. Check out the shoes he wore, then reform your opinion.
Low top shoes are not meant for everyone.
@CAMLAHEY You also gotta realize that almost all NBA players tape their ankles and most players that wear lows tape their ankles heavily (Especially Kobe). So they have just about the same support as those wearing highs, so It's really just a preference. I personally can't do lows. I just have more peace of mind running and cutting in a pair of highs.
@CAMLAHEY do u kno how many guys hoop in low tops nowadayz... u can still bust ya ankle even if u have high tops on.. so its all about preference... Kobe, Steve Nash, KD, tony parker, James harden, nick young, cp3 all wear low tops every game
All of those guys you named are guards except for KD. You're only helping to prove his point. Usually big men don't wear low cut sneakers. It could be an accident waiting to happen. If KG, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, Al Horford, and Tyson Chandler all wore low tops, you might have a point.
The KD III's and IV's were pretty low though. So lows aren't new to KD.
@Shupimp1 @Longstroke @master5hake @1Lance2 @Jay Wicked Lol. I agreed with the OP that adding more stability to a shoe just weakens your ankle, because you are no longer relying on the ligaments and muscles in your feet to stabilize your movements, Instead you are relying on the shoe to control your movements. It was the other guy who went on a tangent, contradicting himself by saying that high tops give you added protection but don't increase the chance of not getting injured. Does that make any sense to anyone? If I told you that a seat belt gives you added protection in a car wreck, but people who didn't wear seat belts had the same rate of injury/death as those who did, then WTF would be the point in wearing a seat belt? Now I was just using that as an example since we all know that seat belts do give you more protection since seat belts wearers are probably over twice as likely to survive or not get injured in a wreck.
What's funny here is that these guys have argued almost an entire day away and they both are right. It's just that one side is arguing about stability and the other about support. Had this been clarified earlier on all of this would have been avoided.
Stability is in the base of the shoe and not the height, that is why if you look at your shoes there is such an aggressive outrigger on the lateral edge of the forefoot these days. You can see this in many everyday objects. Points of contact on the outside edges of weight center increase stability. So, you sirs, are correct. The height of the shoe does not affect it's probability of tipping over.
However, the height of the shoe does increase the support of the ankle joint. No, it won't keep the shoe from tipping over but it can and will lessen the severity of an injury as a result of rolling on its side. That is the reason ankle braces came into high popularity in basketball. So, you sir, are right as well. Higher and snugger fitting shoes around the ankle do offer increased and noticeable support.
Perhaps there is something wrong with your ability to comprehend.
We are not saying that mids or highs prevent injury, we are saying that mids and highs ADD more PROTECTION than lows. There is no denying this, no matter how many studies to post. Yes, with a healthy ankle, lows are a viable option, however, those who suffer from an unstable condition, whether it be due to a congenital issue or due to a previous injury, restraining the range of motion by using a higher cut shoe, will help to add stability.
Will it prevent ankle sprains? Absolutely not. But it will add a measure of extra protection that a low does not.
Just because the Kobe wears a low, does not mean that you should do so.
@Longstroke @master5hake @1Lance2 @Jay Wicked Thats simply not true. A number of studies have been done and all found that there is no correlation between ankle injurie and the severity of the injury to shoe height. The ACC Conference website says the exact same thing.
Also, basketball (majority of players wear high tops) is the sport that has the highest rate of ankle injuries. Soccer (players only wear low tops) is another sport with a high rate of ankle injuries. This further highlights the fact that there is no correlation between ankle injuries and shoe height, because if there was then basketball would have the lowest rate of ankle injuries
The point is that added protection works to some degree, even if YOU don't believe in it. Sure injuries happen, even with protection, but added protection can lessen the severity of such occurrences. No one is saying that mids can protect you from injury, what we are saying is that Mids can add more stability than a low can. There is no denying this.
@1Lance2 @master5hake @Longstroke @Jay Wicked Because no one wearing high tops in the history of basketball, football, or baseball has ever rolled/sprained ankle? Plus your example with Kobe makes no sense; he didn't sprain his ankle because of low tops, he sprained because he landed unevenly on someone else foot after jumping.
So if they have "weak ankles", that means that a shoe with less than stellar ankle support would not be good for them. This means that lows are not meant for EVERYONE. Nike was stupid for trying to put him in the lower cut shoe, the Brave with a modified heel. The kid needed full ankle coverage, along with serious rehabilitation.
Just because Kobe decides to wear lows, does not mean that YOU should.
Some people have very weak ankles like Steph and require extra support. Nike made a special pair of zoom braves at one point with extra support for him and he wore ankle braces and he still twisted them again not too long after so there's no point to be made there. But for your average person, if you tape your ankles and wear 2 pairs of socks like alot of NBA players do while wearing lows then there's not much difference in terms of support.
@RoseClique Demarcus Cousins of da sacrown kings has worn lows like kd 4s, jordan 11 concord IE & kobes. And he's a big man.. and wat about amir Johnson & Nene.. they rotate low tops in games... so its jus preference on how u hoop.