Kevin Durant’s twelfth signature shoe with The Swoosh is almost here, and according to the brand, it’s their most innovative style yet.
For the first time in Nike history, the KD12 features a full length Air Zoom unit stitched directly to the upper — allowing the foot to be closer to the air bag for elevated responsiveness. This in turn should allow for the broken-in feel Durant often craves on the court.
“He loved lows but he has had problems popping out of his shoes a lot,” Leo Chang, lead designer at Nike Basketball, told Sports Illustrated. “He wants to be locked in and we wanted to make sure he stays in the shoe. The sneaker is a little bit higher than normal.”
The shoe also boasts a lightweight, multilayer mesh upper that uses minimal backing material for less stiffness and a broken-in feel. The upper is interlaced with four-way directional Flywire cables — which relax when the foot is not in-motion, but engage when needed — to provide targeted stability and on-the-fly lockdown. Meanwhile, a Flyknit constructed tongue covers the top of the foot for added plushness and perforated padding is offered around the collar to provide stability.
KD12 design sketch.
The first colorway