Nike has some catching up to do with Kevin Durant’s ninth signature sneakers. A Dub Nation-inspired colorway of the KD 9 will finally drop this week.
The basketball world was caught off guard when Durant decided to take his talents to the Bay Area in July. The move disrupted Nike’s initial plans for the KD 9. That was because the sneakers were designed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in mind.
Nike has gone to great lengths to ensure Durant’s kicks will match his Golden State Warriors uniform on opening day. The KD 9 “On Court” features photo blue, black and white on its Flyknit and textile mesh upper.
According to Sole Collector, photo blue dominates the whole look of sneakers. The laces and the KD logo on the heel are tinted in black while the Nike swooshes on the sides are in white.
Durant will mostly be rocking the KD 9 “On Court” at away games next season. The upcoming colorway complements the Warriors’ royal blue and yellow team jersey.
Sneaker expert Nightwing2303 hailed the materials on the KD 9 as the best version of Flyknit on a pair of performance basketball shoes. Pinching and binding are non-issues due to the KD 9’s step-in comfort.
The thin rubber outsole sports a honeycomb-patterned traction for multi-directional coverage. The KD 9 works best on indoor courts. The Sole Brothers advised against playing the sneakers outdoors since the traction will wear out quicker on black top and other rough surfaces.
In the cushioning department, the KD 9 is equipped with full-length Zoom Air. Older sneakers with full-length Zoom Air were too stiff and restrictive for most wearers.
Nike fixed that issue by separating the forefoot from the rest of the outsole. Ballers will have all the benefits of full-length Zoom Air with added comfort and flexibility.
The KD 9 “On Court” is set to hit online retailers on Oct. 4. A pair will set you back $150.