Ten shoes in plus a secondary signature line, he has plenty of awesome releases that most players could enjoy. But with so many releases, it’s tough to know which ones are worth buying. So here’s my list of the best KD shoes released so far.
Four shoes featured here that are all comfortable, have all-around performance, good materials and a reasonable price point. Here are the best KD shoes:
1) Nike KD X
The Nike KD X made its debut in 2017 and since then it has issued 17 releases, the latest being “City Edition 2” which came out in April 2018. Most people love almost everything about this shoe, from its appearance (it is notable for its unusual lacing system) down to the more technical aspects of it.
Some of the major reasons why people love the Nike KD X is its lightness, breatheability and flexibility, thanks to its Flyknit upper. The full-length Zoom Air cushioning in the midsole offers comfort and returns energy impact to your foot for maximum responsiveness. The traction works pretty well not just on the indoors, but also on the outdoor courts.
2) Nike KD 11
The newest iteration of the Kevin Durant’s signature sneaker, the KD 11 has a Flyknit upper and a sock-like collar just like in previous editions. It was first released in June 2018 and so far there have been four colorways: “Paranoid,” “Peach Jam,” “Still KD” and “Gold Splatter.”
There are slight differences between the KD 11 and the previous KD’s, though. One of them is the leather overlay that wraps the heel, therefore protecting it from impact. Looking at the outsole, it seems like the KD 11 is more suitable for the outdoors than indoors. However, it is compensated by the shoe’s combination of two technologies – the React and Zoom Air in the cushioning – that provide a great spring to every step plus incredible comfort to the foot at the same time.
3) Nike Zoom KD 4 “Battle Tested”
One of the most recent colorways of the KD 4 edition is the “Battle Tested” colorway, released in June 2018. This was released as part of the “Art of a Champion” collection from Nike. The shoe is a celebration of Kevin Durant’s electrifying and unforgettable performance during the 2012 NBA playoffs, sending the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Finals.
Like other KD 4 releases, the KD 4 “Battle Tested” features a Zoom Air cushioning, a mid-foot strap, a Hyperfuse construction on the upper and the Adpative Fit System which provides a total lockdown fit.
4) Nike KD Trey 5 V
If superior indoor court grip is the first thing that you’re looking for in a basketball shoe, then you should consider the Nike KD Trey 5 V. The herringbone traction on the outsole worked really great on the indoor basketball court floor – and really, you can’t go wrong with herringbone.
There are bonus good things about this shoe, aside from the excellent traction. The shoe’s mesh upper construction allows breatheability and flexibility, and the thick padding in the shoe’s collar provides additional comfort. Ball players will certainly benefit from the shoe’s outrigger on the midsole as it prevents the likelihood of foot injuries.