Taking a new approach to performance sneakers

Right before Kevin Durant and the rest of the Golden State Warriors head off to the Playoffs, Nike just unveiled the 12th edition of Durant’s signature basketball sneaker. For Durant’s latest sneaker, Nike redesigned the welded Zoom Air unit that is stitched together with the upper and sits directly underneath the sock liner, giving improved responsiveness compared to conventional designs.

Aside from the full-length Zoom Air unit, you get another Zoom Air unit in the heel area for the best possible performance on court. You also get a lateral TPU sidewall for improved stability, and a multi-articulated outsole for optimal traction.

As for the upper, Nike Basketball Footwear Senior Creative Director Leo Chang designed a new version of Flywire called Quad-axial Flywire. As the name speaks for itself, the new material moves in four directions and is designed in such a way that breaking in the sneaker is much faster while providing adequate foot lockdown. Complimenting the upper is a multi-layered Flyknit tongue.

The Zoom KD 12 will debut in the “90s Kid” colorway on April 1 and in Black/white on April 6.

Duey Guison

Duey Guison

While he is a tech writer, sneakers is his main passion.