August 12th, 2012 by John Kim
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!
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June 14th, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Are we looking at the next signature for a first-time NBA Champion? Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder lead their NBA Finals series against the Miami Heat, and their colors are prominently on display on the above pictured Nike Zoom KD V. This model some have compared to the sleek Hyperfuse series or even the Hyperdunk thanks to the high ankle and prominent heel counter will be Durant’s first experiment with Max Air. The Zoom KD 5 keeps with the KD series’ odd-year/no-strap pattern, while another unique traction pattern makes three in a row since the III last utilized a traditional herringbone. Click through to see these details displayed in a variety of colorups, let us know which style looks best and stick with Sneaker News for all the Nike Zoom KD V release dates. Photos: ak
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June 13th, 2012 by John Kim
The prices of sneakers have risen to amazing heights over the last two years, with Nike making a courageous effort to tag a shoe with a $250 asking price in the LeBron 9 Elite. So what could we expect with a shoe roughly a third of that price? Nike proved that at a low-tier pricepoint, an amazing shoe could be made – just look toward the KD IV, which has become the defining sleeper hit of the year. Working closely with Kevin Durant, designer Leo Chang created the Nike Zoom KD IV using the all-new Adaptive Fit lockdown system on a low-cut construction and a fore-foot Zoom-padded outsole, giving the shoe some design appeal with the strap and pointed tongue, but what really lit the spark were the introductory high-energy colorways in the ‘Nerf’ and ‘Weatherman’. What followed was a continual string of sure-fire hits like the ‘Galaxy’, ‘Easter’, the N7 release, and Nike iD, and quickly the Zoom KD IV rose to becoming the ‘it’ shoe for the first-half of 2012.
The success of the KD IV has Durant’s signature line on unfamiliar ground – that is, because the expectations are astoundingly high. Quite frankly, the Zoom KD III didn’t make that much noise and the exciting releases were rather limited, so the KD IV’s popularity arrived so suddenly simply because it didn’t rank too high on the list of must-watch items on our radar. Fortunately for KD, Leo, and Nike, there’s a mounting anticipation around the Nike Zoom KD V and the expectations are much higher, and this first look at a catalog shot shows that the Zoom KD isn’t just a ‘bargain’ purchase, but a headlining release.
Some details worth pointing out: Obviously, the lack of the strap is the most daunting feature (or subtraction), but the addition of visible Max Air on the heel, a pronounced heel counter, a rising ankle peak (note the heel is still relatively low), and a unique tongue construction and lacing system. The overall profile of the shoe can be compared to Nike’s current non-signature flagship models like the Hyperdunk and Hyperfuse, and it certainly draws comparisons to Durant’s physical build – slender yet sleek. Of course, this catalog shot isn’t enough to lay down a verdict, but expect more in every definition of the word as the Zoom KD is slated to break the $100 barrier with some interesting structural advances. Your thoughts? The Zoom KD IV saga isn’t quite over yet, but let us know what you think of this first look at the next KD shoe, and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more. Photos: infam0usP on NT
Nike Zoom KD V
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