It’s a busy, busy time for Kevin Durant. He’s recently switched basketball teams; he’s training for the Olympics; and – perhaps most exciting for fans who want to own a little piece of the star himself – he’s released new shoes in a tie-up with Nike, the KD9.
Earlier this month, Durant shook the NBA when he left the Oklahoma City Thunders after eight seasons to sign on with none other than their biggest rivals, the Golden State Warriors. The departure of the face of the Thunders riled some fans, but others were more understanding about Durant’s decision. After all, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?
NBA drama aside, the Nike KD9 is just as worthy of grabbing headlines because of the ‘firsts’ it boasts. The first time Durant wore his signature shoes on court, he scored 33 points. Designed by Leo Chang, the shoe is the first in the KD line to feature Nike’s latest Flyknit technology. The Flyknit upper sits atop a visible Zoom Air bag unit running from heel to toe, which provides impact protection in the heel with a snappy feel when pushing off in the forefoot.
Another first: the KD9 has a new price tag. While Durant’s shoes used to retail from US$85 to US$88, the KD9 now fetch almost double the price – US$150. For Durant, the price jump is justified. “As humbly as I can say it, I’m not a $88 player. I’m an elite player in the league,” he said in a recent interview.
Well, we can’t argue with that.
$239, available in limited quantities at selected Nike stores.
Text Jerlene Ng