Kevin Durant’s newest Nike signature sneaker brings out a new sort of cushioning.
The Nike Zoom KD13 layers mixed-material uppers with leather overlays and a three-dimensional Swoosh that floats onto the midsole. Like the KD12, the design embodies Durant’s modern athleticism with added kidney-shaped double-stacked Zoom cushioning. However, this new look places the unit in the forefoot rather than the heel to encourage movement off the ball of the foot both on and off the court.
Per Durant, who was previously out injured for the Brooklyn Nets and is currently recovering from a coronavirus infection, the style can also be worn loosely for a more relaxed feel.
Finished by a subtle tribute to the pro baller with his No. 7 on the midsole, the black and white colorway launches globally on April 6 with a North American drop date of April 17. Nike has not yet announced price points or size options.
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“The intent behind a Zoom Bag is similar to that of a mechanical spring underfoot,” Nike Basketball senior creative director Ross Klein said in a press release. “The essence of a spring is to return the amount of energy you put into it. In the KD13, we’re doubling the spring in the form of the double-stacked forefoot Zoom, allowing you more travel in the system and more energy back.”
In addition to the black and white shade, the new silhouette will be released in five colorways over the next few weeks. The Nike Zoom KD13 “Planet of Hoops” with its navy sketched uppers and pops of neon green launches on April 6 in Greater China.
The Nike Zoom KD13 “Hype” features graphic printed chains layered over floral reds and blues with accents of butterfly wings. The style drops on April 10 in North America.
With its watercolor-style green and yellow uppers and pale yellow leather overlays, the Nike KD13 “Chill” sits atop an ombré midsole with matching touches of pale pink on the swoosh. This colorway launches in North America on April 24.
The Nike Zoom KD13 “Home Team” blends bold colors across the sole, echoed in detailing around the collar, and the uppers feature a gridlike pattern balanced in a speckled midsole and camouflaging swoosh. This look will be released on May 1 globally.
The final release of the new silhouette comes in a sleek black and red colorway, commonly referred to as “Bred.” Finished by smooth leather overlays, this version of the Nike Zoom KD13 hits stores globally on June 1.
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