Nike KD VI Designer Leo Chang Talks Meteorology, Pricing, Precision Watches & More

June 28th, 2013 by

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SN: So the shifting of the tongue and the two-piece upper construction that really takes away that pressure and stress at the toe-box – is that what you deem the standard for all types of players considering Kevin Durant is a five-position player?

LC: If you think about what type of player Kevin is – that’s a huge range. That’s what we try to keep in mind, because with the Kobe, it’s pushed to the limit of the super-lightweight and minimal kind of thing, and even the underfoot may not even be enough for most people. So with the KD upper, we know that we can kinda contain the foot with a really minimal upper with Flywire locking the foot down and get this really close-to-the-foot fit, but we want to make sure that there’s enough under here (the midsole). Just knowing KD and talking to his trainers in the past, just watching him play, and knowing his foot morphology, I know that he can benefit from more stability and a little more rigidity in the midfoot, cushioning on the heel, and in some ways creating the total package.

SN: The herringbone traction is again a major focal point in the KD shoe. Anything you want to elaborate on – except for the fact that the hexagonal pattern coincides with this being the sixth shoe?

LC: Yeah what’s cool about this is the Precision Watch notion – well we’d never put a watch face on the side of the shoe, that’s kinda corny, right? With a lot of these manual watches, you can see all the gears and the internal mechanism below the face, and even on the back face you can see it too. So just looking in and reading up on a lot of these watches, the details are incredible! So on the herringbone traction, you get a classic, simple design, but as you get deeper and deeper, you get so much detail and every little thing is considered.

So that’s the thing I brought to the sole traction – you have this hexagonal pattern, but as you look deeper and deeper, you get this sort of macro to micro sort of read, and what you see actually is his pressure map from when he was at the Nike Sports Research Lab last year. We had him in there doing jump-landings, running, walking, and all that stuff, so that’s his foot pressure map in there. You see the balls of his feet, his big toe, his heel, and so on. When you think signature shoes, that’s his signature – his footprint.

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