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Leo Chang Confirms the Nike KD 6 “Camo Swoosh” Will Not Release

February 14th, 2014 by | 4 comments

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Just because particular KD 6 is seen on the feet of one of Durant’s close associates doesn’t mean that they’re guaranteed to eventually release. Time and time again we’ve seen members of his circle flaunting sneakers that end up far out of reach for the general public. The Nike KD 6 “Camo Swoosh” for instance will not be headed to retail, as reported by Sneaker St, who caught up with Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang and asked him a couple quick questions about the pair. Continue reading to see more of the shoes and pray with us that they’ll pop up on eBay somewhere down the line.

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Nike Designer Leo Chang Reveals Hyperrev Samples

January 15th, 2014 by | 1 comment

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It is fairly common when the name Leo Chang graces the pages of Sneaker News, that the Nike Basketball designer is breaking down the design and/or showing off upcoming colorways of the latest cutting edge performance models.  This time, we have something like a teaser of some samples, which is another way of describing the group shot we have here displaying protoypes from every stage of the Nike Zoom HyperRev design process.  From what we see here, different colorblocking and lightning graphic placements were part of the experimentation; click in to see more and stick with Sneaker News to see how these pairs may have influenced upcoming releases.

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Nike Basketball Inside Access: Design Minds

November 5th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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Every once in a while we get to peek behind the curtain in Beaverton and get an idea of the minds and process behind Nike’s footwear. Giving us another such look is the latest episode in the Nike Basketball Inside Access series, which features insight from the likes of Leo Chang, Michelle Walter, and Hrag Nassanian. Continue reading to get their thoughts on putting in work on the Kobe, LeBron, and Durant lines over at Nike as well as a preview of some exciting gear from each. Also, stay tuned for a better look at that crazy KD 6 pair included in the mix.

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

June 28th, 2013 by | 9 comments

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During the KD 6 Unveiling yesterday at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, Nike designer Leo Chang played a unique and necessary role by providing the design-anchored insight on the Nike KD VI. After all, he’s the one who was responsible for completing such a heavy task – one that required the incorporating of a laundry list of details while keeping Nike’s innovative spirit at heart. Throughout six models, Leo Chang has brought Durant’s emotional hometown upbringing to life, using his next-level designs as the vessels to the communicate the story. But Leo’s a wordy guy who loves to talk about KD and the shoes, so during the unveiling event, we sat down for an in-depth chat session to explore the shoes, the colorways, the inspiration, and much more.

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Nike KD VI Unveiling Event at Seat Pleasant, MD

June 27th, 2013 by | 8 comments

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The road to superstardom is a long one, but most of the time it’s the actual ride that makes the story one worth telling over and over. Kevin Durant’s hometown has played a major role in his unique persona as the most approachable and relatable superstar in all of sports, and it’s through his signature shoes with Nike Basketball that he gets to tell us about his past in a unique way. As KD says, we’re always looking at what’s on players’ feet, and for the last five years, basketball fans have watched KD go from a spindly scorer to one of the best in the game while navigating through an impressive evolution of his signature sneakers. Although KD is a five-position player on both ends of the court, his wants and needs in a hoop shoe are rather basic – lightweight, good cushioning, and lockdown. These three elements, combined with the concept of Precision Watches and the heartbeat of his hometown of have resulted in the Nike KD VI – born in Beaverton, OR, but with an origin in Seat Pleasant, MD.

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Sneaker News Talks Nike Basketball Elite Series 2.0 with Designer Leo Chang

April 19th, 2013 by | 14 comments

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When Nike Basketball unveiled the initial Elite Series last spring, a lot of eyebrows were raised in response to the high pricetags, but upon examination of what you were getting for your money, it became clear that these shoes were packing some next-level performance features. We sat down with designers Leo Chang and Jason Petrie prior to the release of the first Elites to really delve into what made the shoes so “elite” and why the product justified the hefty pricepoints. As we learned, every tiny detail of the shoes are analyzed, considered and upgraded using materials and technologies that could never make it onto the in-season models because of their high cost. The Elite Series lets these designers loose to do all the things they’ve always wanted to do on a basketball shoe, and the end result is the pinnacle of what’s been achieved to date in the basketball footwear genre.

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Nike Designer Leo Chang Gives the Inside Scoop on the KD V

December 7th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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It’s been a pretty big year for Kevin Durant. In addition to claiming his third consecutive scoring title, taking his first trip to the NBA Finals and winning an Olympic gold medal, KD has also taken huge strides when it comes to not only letting his personality show, but letting it shine. As a result, he has gone from shy and unassuming rising star to full blown superstar, and his marketability is at an all-time high right now. Along for the ride on KD’s dominating 2012 campaign was his fourth signature Nike shoe, the futuristic KD IV, a true gamechanger for the KD line that helped catapult it into the same rarefied air with the annual LeBron and Kobe sigs.

There’s no doubt that the humble and easy to like young star’s growing popularity had a lot to do with the shoe’s status leap, but a large share of the credit goes to Nike Basketball Design Director, Leo Chang, who has overseen the entire lifespan of the KD signature lineage, focusing on mirroring the evolution of Durant’s game with each shoe, each step of the way. There’s no doubt that Leo raised the bar with the KD IV, which turned a monumental corner for the line in the hearts and wallets of consumers, so expectations were understandably high for the fifth shoe and Leo was up for the challenge. The result was an unexpected sharp turn away from the previous models, both functionally and aesthetically – a decision that Leo told us came from KD, himself, and one that he was eager to oblige with. Continue on for our one on one interview with Leo Chang to get the full lowdown on the new KD V, and look out for the first colorway hitting Nike Basketball retailers everywhere this weekend.

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