During a live online broadcast today, Nike officially unveiled the KD 7 (video below).
Kevin Duran't seventh signature sneaker is a blend of the latest and greatest in Nike innovation and Durant's fascination with meteorology—seriously, he wanted to be a weatherman as a kid. Longtime KD signature sneaker designer Leo Chang started the process 18 months ago and his vision was simple: provide Durant with a sneaker that allows him to make quick movements like a point guard, but with the support designed for a power forward.
The KD 7's forefoot was designed with speed in mind. It's equipped with mesh, Dynamic Flywire, and Nike Zoom. At the heel, there's a Zoom Air bag for proper cushioning and Hyperposite technology for added support—this marks the first time Hyperposite has ever been used on a KD sneaker. Like the KD 2 and 4, Duran't seventh signature sneaker is also equipped with a strap.
Coupled with all the Nike Basketball innovation are personal touches. The bright mango colorway officially unveiled here is nicknamed "35,000 Degrees," which represents the average temperature of a lightning strike—a nod to the weather-centric theme that has been prevalent in past KD sneakers. Other imagery of personal significance includes the names of family members underneath the midfoot strap and "Big Chucky" and a silhouette of Maryland on the outsole.
The KD 7 will make its debut on Thursday, June 26 with the "Independence Day" colorway followed by the release of the "35,000 Degreees" on July 12. You can also customize the KD 7 right now on NIKEiD.