Nike Launches the KD9

Kevin Durant scored 33 points when he first wore his latest signature shoe, the Nike KD9.

"My interests have changed, my game has changed and this is a perfect shoe for who I am now," the NBA star says of his latest shoe.

Designed by Leo Chang, the KD9 introduces Flyknit technology to the KD line and, with it, a refined fit engineered for Durant's fluid playing style.

"The upper allows me to shift to the right and come back to my left really quick and pull up on a dime," Durant notes. "The shoes are perfectly catered to my foot, like I molded these and got a special pair made. That’s what I want everybody to feel who puts these on. It will feel personal."

The shoe's Flyknit upper sits atop a visible, tapered Zoom Air bag unit running from heel to toe. The new Zoom Air bag is 16 millimeters thick at the heel and progressively narrows to 10 millimeters at the forefoot, offering exceptional impact protection in the heel with "the snappy feel when pushing off in the forefoot," Nike says.

The KD9 "Zero" colorway is available now in limited quantities at and select retail stores, while the "Premiere" (white/blue/red) and "Mic Drop" (black/white) will drop in the coming weeks.


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