October 23, 2012 BY Brendan Dunne
The clearest look yet of the Nike Zoom KD V finally arrives, with the official photos here showing off the first good angles on a release outside of the court-ready Oklahoma city versions. The Nike Zoom KD V ‘DMV’ was crafted as a tribute to Kevin Durant’s homeland, the often lumped in together trio of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia-with KD hailing from the first of those three. The sneakers feature a bright crimson upper serving up an homage to the Maryland state flag, and the overall design of the sneaker as the fifth in the KD line being significant as well. Click through with us for the full look at the Nike Zoom KD V and keep in mind that they will launch on NIKEiD come November 6th, with the ‘DMV’ and the Thunder ‘Away’ colorway hitting on December 8th.
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Designed with premium materials and leading Nike performance technologies, the KD V represents the evolution of Kevin Durant and his style of play.
Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director, took Durant’s fifth signature shoe to new dimensions by combining inspirational cues drawn from Durant’s personal journey with symbolism from the number five – wrapped up in a premium performance package.
“Championship drive takes an entire team, and the new KD V represents the roadmap I follow,” said Kevin Durant, 3-time scoring champion. “Leo did a great job on the shoe by combining the best technology with my journey and what the number five means to me.”
With a refined design aesthetic matching Durant’s smooth and fluid style of play, the KD V integrates four leading technologies: 1) a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot, 2) Nike Air unit in the heel 3) unibody Hyperfuse upper construction for superior fit 4) external heel counter to allow the foot to move while still providing support.
The shoe’s hidden story comes from five players united on the court, five sides of a pentagon – a Washington D.C. landmark, five corners of a star, and Durant’s fifth Nike signature shoe. This tribute to five is brought to life on the shoe’s outsole pattern, midsole texture, tongue quilting with V’s, and heel counter details.
The Maryland state flag inspires the color combination on the shoe’s Bright Crimson colorway – with the flag’s red, yellow and black remixed in bright and light tones – a fitting tribute to Durant’s home state.
The KD V launches globally on NIKEiD on November 6, then is fully available beginning December 8 in both the Bright Crimson colorway and Black/blue colorway.
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