As Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder look for redemption after failing to qualify for the NBA Playoffs last year, Nike's officially unveiled Durant's latest postseason sneaker.
Aesthetically, the Nike KD 8 Elite is a change of pace from what we've become used to seeing on Durant's signature shoes. The biggest change here is a built-in compression sock, which designer Leo Chang says is a result of input from Durant himself. "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.
Meanwhile, from a performance standpoint, this Elite version of Durant's latest sticks with KD staples like a full-length visible Zoom Air unit and Flywire support, which has been enhanced with Kevlar to withstand the grueling postseason grind.
"The KD 8 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," Chang said.
The Nike KD 8 Elite will debut in white on April 14 from nike.com and select Nike Basketball retailers worldwide followed by a grey colorway on May 5 and black on May 26. Check out the details on all three looks below.