Nike Unveils KD8 Elite With Kevlar

Nike KD8 Elite Kevin Durant
Nike KD8 Elite.
Courtesy of Nike

After missing the playoffs last season, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are poised to make a postseason run this year as one of the top teams in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Nike-sponsored athlete will have a new shoe to choose from to wear throughout the playoff pursuit.

The Beaverton, Ore.-based athletic brand unveiled the KD8 Elite today. The shoe, the brainchild of acclaimed designer by Leo Chang, boasts a calf-length compression sock, full-length visible Zoom Air cushioning and Flywire technology with Kevlar aramid fiber.

Nike KD8 Elite Kevin Durant A look at the compression sock of the Nike KD8 Elite. Courtesy of Nike

“Transitioning from a low to high is a decision we made with confidence based on our ongoing feedback from Durant to always push the limit on innovative design,” Chang said in a statement. “The KD8 Elite is conceptually designed to blur the lines between the shoe, sock and tight; seamlessly transitioning between each so you can’t differentiate where one begins and the other ends.”

Benefits of the shoe, according to Nike, include enhanced support supplied by its crew-length compression sock, a responsive ride provided by the Zoom Air cushioning, and superior lockdown from the Flywire technology with Kevlar.

The shoe arrives on April 14 globally in white, May 5 in gray, and May 26 in black.

Nike KD8 Elite Kevin Durant The gray colorway of the Nike KD8 Elite. Courtesy of Nike
Nike KD8 Elite Kevin Durant The black colorway of the Nike KD8 Elite. Courtesy of Nike

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