Shoebiz – Nike KD 7

It was an exciting day as Nike held a launch event for the newest addition to the signature KD shoe line… the 7… or the return of the strap.  I’m not a fan of having a strap on the shoe so I’m a little disappointed about that but I am glad to see some mesh return to the shoe.  The colorways are also compelling as well but I would have to say the USA, Calm Before the Strom, and Global Game, are my initial favorites.

Here are some highlights from the Nike presser…

“The KD7 combines leading performance innovation with a colorful narrative pulled from Durant’s fascination with meteorology that began as a child and continues today.” 

“Chang accomplished this “best of both worlds” design challenge by using seamless forefoot mesh, dynamic Nike Flywire technology and encapsulated Nike Zoom in the front of the shoe. Bridging the transition between the forefoot and heel is a midfoot strap. Chang combined Hyperposite support in the heel with a newly developed visible Nike Zoom Air bag for responsive cushioning.” 

“The KD7 colorway narrative begins with lightning, and more specifically the average temperature of a lightning strike – 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It also builds on KD’s insight of wanting to be lightning-quick.”

“The KD7 35,000 Degrees colorway features a bright mango upper, volt outsole and hits of deep grey to represent the electric nature of lightning strikes. Stratospheric graphics and nods to lightning also appear on the sole and Swoosh.”

“Personal cues are featured on each of the KD7 colorways: a silhouette of his homestate of Maryland is embedded on the outsole; and the forefoot strap includes the names of his mother Wanda, his grandmother Barbara, his father Wayne and his brother Tony.”

Nike KD7 - Tech Sheet

Nike KD7 – Tech Sheet


KD7 July 4th:  Durant’s love for Independence Day with its fireworks, or “man-made lightning,” inspired this this red, white and blue colorway featuring festive graphics on the tongue lining and Swoosh. Launch: June 26.

Nike KD7 - 4th of July (usa)

Nike KD7 – 4th of July (usa)

KD7 35,000 Degrees: Lightning strikes earth at an average temperature of 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and much like Durant’s game, it is powerful and unpredictable. This bright mango, grey and volt version of the KD7 is the lead colorway for the new collection. Launch: July 12.

Nike KD7 - 35000 degrees

Nike KD7 – 35000 degrees

KD7 Global Game: The global game of basketball has given this young man who grew up in a small town outside Washington, D.C., an opportunity to travel extensively throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. This all-red colorway features a globe graphic on the tongue and a confetti-adorned Swoosh. Durant will lead USA Basketball into a busy summer basketball season that begins with the World Basketball Festival in the Windy City of Chicago this August, and wraps up in Spain at the Basketball World Cup this September. Launch: Aug. 2.

Nike KD7 - Global Game

Nike KD7 – Global Game

KD7 Calm Before the Storm: The grey and pink colorway of this KD7 is indicative of skies that appear tranquil before the onset of a powerful storm, though Durant typically remains calm even throughout a swirling frenzy on-court. Launch: Aug. 16.

Nike KD7 - Calm Before the Storm

Nike KD7 – Calm Before the Storm

KD7 Easy Money: Inventor and statesman Ben Franklin used a metal key and a kite to prove that lightning was really a stream of electrified air. Franklin’s famous stormy kite experiment in June 1752 radically changed general understanding of the power of lightning and electricity. As an ode to Franklin’s fascination with weather and his prominence on the U.S. $100 bill, the Easy Money colorway features green hues and graphics from the Benjamin bill – a tribute to KD’s nickname, Easy Money.  Launch: Sept. 10.

Nike KD7 - Easy Money

Nike KD7 – Easy Money

KD7 Good Apples: Durant, who led the league in scoring four out of the last five years, is a perfectionist and hard-working student of offensive efficiency and shot analytics. Durant views the basketball court similar to an orchard where every shot is an apple. “I approach scoring like apple picking,” says Durant. “Keep the good ones and leave the rotten ones.”

Nike KD7 - Good Apples

Nike KD7 – Good Apples

KD7 Uprising: Kevin Durant’s rise to superstardom parallels the rare weather phenomenon known as sprite lightning, which served as inspiration for the KD7 ‘Uprising’ colorway. “I started from the bottom with humble beginnings and I’m focused on rising to the top,” said Durant.  Sprite lightning, a mystery to many meteorologists, rises upwards from the top of thunderclouds into the atmosphere. Like Durant’s career trajectory, sprite lightning is an uncommon occurrence.

Nike KD7 - Uprising

Nike KD7 – Uprising

KD7 On the Road: Kevin Durant’s journey on the road has brought him around the world and back multiple times as he enters his eighth year in the pros. Durant has logged roughly 225 hours of playing time in away games since entering the league, which has prepared him well for the demands of road trips.  As reigning MVP on one of the league’s most successful road teams, Durant has faced a fair share of opposing crowds. The pressure builds character, and Durant has welcomed the pressure with open arms.

“Success is not a destination, it’s a journey,” said Durant. “I approach each road game like a business trip where we have a job to do — this is part of the journey.”

At every chance on the road, Durant looks for an open gym for training and shooting even beyond his team commitments. Even if it’s 30 minutes for a shoot-around, it’s worth the effort to Durant. He’s a road warrior who never takes time off.  The KD7 On the Road shoe debuts on and at select retail locations globally on Oct. 23.

Nike KD 7 - On the Road

Nike KD 7 – On the Road



Nike KD7 – N7


kd 7_GS Hyper Grape

Nike KD7 – Hyper Grape



Nike KD 7 – BHM


kd 7_black gold red

Nik3 KD7 – USA Navy Gold Red



Nike KD7 – Texas


KD 7_pony hair

Nike KD 7 – Pony Hair



Nike KD7 – Elite??


kd7_black gum

Nike KD 7 – Black Gum

Let me know which colorways are your favorite.

Shoebiz – Nike KD 6 collection

History of the KD VI I am a fan of low top hoop shoes… that is really all I collect and wear anymore.  I wore high tops back in the day but a trainer once told me the high top actually weakens your ankle muscles because you aren’t using them as much when they are strapped up.  I don’t know if there is any scientific proof to that notion but it stuck with me and it is what I’m comfortable with.  Now if I try on a pair of high tops, I feel like my ankles are being strangled… no bueno.  Besides, in a casual setting, low top hoop shoes are more versatile and look better with shorts or pants. That leads me to my interest in the Kevin Durant line of shoes for Nike and more specifically, the current line… KD 6.  This is a very unique shoe and to be honest, it surprised me after I tried on the first pair.  The shoe fit my foot very well and was much lighter than I was expecting.  After I saw a few of the rumored colorways with their distinct style, patterns, and colors, I became even more intrigued.  Lastly, I respect Kevin Durant for his skills on and off the court so I decided to collect this line.  My only regret was making this decision after the DC Preheats were released so I ended up missing out on that limited shoe… oh well, on to the next one. Here are few other key insights behind the design of the Nike KD 6:

  • Designer: Leo Chang found inspiration in the precision craftsmanship of a wristwatch.
  • Tongue logo: optical illusion logo revealing the “35” and “6” in negative space.
  • The style of the tongue is somewhat diagonal and lends for a great fit.
  • Ultra-thin two-layer upper with Flywire
  • Nike Zoom in the forefront
  • Max Air in the heel
  • Hexagonal pattern on the sole – paying homage to his sixth shoe.  The pattern is take from a pressure map of Durant’s foot.
  • Depending on the colorway, the logo on the heel of the sole varies.


photo credits go to Nike, Simon5302, KicksOnFire (let me know if any of these photos are yours and I’m happy to remove or give credit)

D.C. Preheat June 29, 2013 The upper features a map of Washington, D.C., overlaid with a white graphic pattern inspired by machining lines of a wristwatch, all in a bold, bright color pattern. This shoe pays tribute to Durant’s hometown roots.  Very limited release.  I decided late to collect these and missed out.

Seat Pleasant     July 3, 2013 Durant was born and raised in Seat Pleasant, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.  He honed his game after spending countless hours at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, his home away from home. The rec center’s trademark teal and yellow colors, spotted on the center’s doormat by Chang on his first trip to Seat Pleasant in 2008, inspired the lead KD VI colorway.  My first KD in this line… definitely a head turner.

Meteorology     August 3, 2013 If Durant was not playing basketball, his dream occupation would be tracking weather as a meteorologist. Atomic red, olive and black are featured in a custom graphic mimicking Doppler radar mapping.  The Meteorology is my favorite colorway of this line.  This shoe uses the 3M technology which offers a unique reflective visual… take a picture with a flash and you’ll see what I mean.  You’ll see different weather pattern signs, stars, etc.

NYC 66  August 17, 2013 When Durant scorched the Harlem blacktop and scored 66 points on Aug. 1, 2011, the world took notice. Despite the lockout, basketball didn’t stop for a 22-year-old Durant who’d play anyone at any time.  I passed on these initially but when I saw them with jeans and on feet, they looked great and I picked them up.

Flash Lime (aka Sour Patch, Candy) (GS) August 27, 2013 This release somewhat came out of nowhere and nearly went straight to release mode.  Rumored to be KD’s favorite snack the bright colors resemble those used on the packaging of the Sour Patch Kids candy.  Only grade school (GS) sizes available.

Paris – Nike ID September 6, 2013 For Kevin Durant’s first visit to Paris, France, NIKEiD customized a commemorative KD VI to celebrate the US basketball superstar. With a French flag on the customized box, the Nike KD VI iD takes the best of Paris to celebrate Durant in the French capital.  The final Nike KD VI iD design inspired by Paris will be showcased at the Nike Les Halles store in very limited quantities on Sept. 6.

Bamboo September 14, 2013 The power of nature and patience comes to life in Chinese bamboo. Typically after four consecutive years of delicate care, bamboo undergoes a transformation in its fifth year. This story parallels the growth of Durant’s game this past season, his fifth in the league playing for OKC. This special green shoe debuts during a summer when Durant will visit China.  There is a version with a limited wood box.  The medial side of the shoe with the green and brown color is a great contrast.  I also like the bamboo print flowing through the shoe.

Texas (aka Mint Glows, Halloween) October 10, 2013 Durant has fond memories of his days playing in Texas. Inspired by the state’s magnificent stars and big sky, the shoe includes a burnt orange, black and mint color palette.  The swoosh and stars glow; although, there have been some who report it isn’t very bright.  I didn’t like this colorway at first and then later Nike tied this to Texas which didn’t make a lot of sense but it grew on me and looks good on foot.

PB & Js October 19, 2013 Aunt Pearl would always bring a young KD his favorite childhood snack, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, when he was away from home. She would drop off the sandwiches at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center while KD was busy developing his game. His appetite for hard work continues to this day, with PB&J as an ongoing reminder.  The PB&J is one of the most controversial colorways of this line.  You either love it or hate it… I’m talking about the jelly swoosh.  Many sneakerheads had hoped it would be textured but it ended up looking like a vinyl transfer and many think it looks like garbage.  I didn’t think I could pull this off so I passed but got a GS version for my boy.

Away (aka Road Thunders) October 31, 2013 The road is where teams are tested. Playing away in hostile arenas is where KD feels his game is tested and perfected. Whether it’s the front row or last row, KD wants all the fans on the road to be able to see his KD VI Away shoe with his black, orange and blue color combination.  This colorway didn’t stand out to me from a collector’s perspective but a decent colorway, especially if you are a Thunder fan.

N7 November 9, 2013 Nike N7 is proud to announce the third collaboration with Kevin Durant on an N7 version of his signature shoe, the KD VI. Playing in Oklahoma City has connected Kevin Durant to the mission of Nike N7 and the impact it has with Native Americans across North America.  The bold Nike N7 KD VI features the repeating pattern of arrows that first launched on the Pendleton Woolen Mills Nike N7 blanket last month. The arrow print  symbolizes energy and forward motion and has reflective built in for a surprise effect when worn in the elements.  The bold colors used on the KD VI have significant meaning in Native communities. Turquoise is used often as a color symbolic of friendship, and red is one of four colors—yellow, red, black and white—featured on the traditional Native America medicine wheel, representing movement and the four directions. The KD logo appears on the heel and the N7 logo is on the tongue.  Durant is expected to debut the KD VI N7 on Nov. 6 at home against Dallas.  The N7 is probably my second favorite colorway.  This shoe also uses the 3M technology which offers a unique reflective visual… take a picture with a flash and you’ll see what I mean.

Maryland Blue Crab November 29, 2013 The state of Maryland is well known for its crab feasts. KD is a big fan of blue crab, which is indigenous to his home state. It is still one of his favorite foods to this day.  With color, graphics and textures mimicking a blue crab indigenous to Maryland, the high performance shoe can double as a showpiece. The details are unmistakable: exact pantone colors matching the legs and pinchers of a blue crab, with textured effects on the shoe’s upper and KD logo matching a crab’s shell. The KD-logo hologram on the outsole brings the theme full circle with crab legs and pinchers.  There was also a variation of this colorway that Nike released in their official pictures which showed a gold KD logo on the heel and outer ridging with more red on the tongue.  However, these haven’t been seen in the public as the “white” logo version was released.

Wheat (aka Gums) December 7, 2013 Reminiscent of a Timberland work boot.  Ready for winter wear.  Gold eyelets.  Introducing the KD VI EXT. This is the first Nike Sportswear extension for Durant adding him to the short list of signature athletes with Sportswear extensions of their performance models. Drawing inspiration from the cold climate of Durant’s hometown in the DMV, the design features metal eyelets and an all-gum rubber upper for a boot-like style. Pops of raspberry red accent the shoe’s outsole outrigger, heel Air-Sole unit, and lining for a vibrant break from the tonal gum rubber colorway. Similar to the recent performance colorway, this KD VI EXT also showcases Durant’s favorite childhood food – Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches.

Precision Timing December 7, 2013 Inspired by the precision craftsmanship of a wristwatch, the KD VI includes both performance and aesthetic cues tied to timing and clockwork. Whether it’s the hidden outsole detailing or radial brushed texture marks on the midsole, this special colorway accentuates details with a metallic palette.

Rugrats (GS) December 14, 2013 Inspired by the Rugrats cartoon series from Nickelodeon in the mid ‘90s.

Christmas December 26, 2013 Kevin Durant takes the court in Christmas red with accents of gold and mint. With a twist on traditional Christmas prints, the KD VI features a Fair Isle style Christmas sweater pattern that incorporates trees, stripes, and his number 35. Christmas plaid adorns the collar lining, with decorative detail worked into the metallic red Nike Flywire technology upper and a mint green speckled sole.  It’s the perfect outfit for this year’s festivities.

Nike Sneakers Release Date Rumors

Nike Sneakers Release Dates Rumors for 2013-14

Nike Kobe 8 Mine Greys

Nike Kobe 8 Mine Greys

The release dates can change depending on the manufacturer.


I rearranged the list and sorted it by type to make it easier in case you are a particular fan of one over the others.

Shoe Description Date Player
2 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “LANEY” 11/2/2013 Jordan
16 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “LANEY” 11/16/2013 Jordan
30 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “OREO” 11/30/2013 Jordan
14 – AIR JORDAN 12 RETRO/WHITE 130690-125 12/14/2013 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO/BLACK 378037-006 12/21/2013 Jordan
28 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “BRED” 12/28/2013 Jordan
18 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/DK POWDER BLUE 136064-406 1/18/2014 Jordan
15 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO/WHITE 384664-123 2/15/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN RETRO 10/WHITE 310805-106 2/21/2014 Jordan
8 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/WHITE 136064-123 3/8/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-033 4/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW BG/WHITE 528896-153 4/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW “CONCORD” 528895-153 5/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO “CARMINE” 384664-160 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/WHITE 555088-123 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/GYM RED 555088-601 5/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-023 6/2/2014 Jordan
7 – AIR JORDAN 2 RETRO/WHITE 385475-102 6/7/2014 Jordan
28 – Nike KD VI/GAMMA BLUE 599424-400 11/28/2013 KD
03 – Nike KD VI/MET’LC PEWTER 599424-003 12/3/2013 KD
26 – Nike KD VI “CHRISTMAS” 599424-601 12/26/2013 KD
30 – Nike KD VI/COOL GREY 599424-008 12/30/2013 KD
10 – Nike KD VI/BLACK 599424-010 1/10/2014 KD
17 – Nike KD VI “BHM” 646742-500 1/17/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI/PURE PLATINUM 599424-009 1/20/2014 KD
5 – Nike KD VI/LT CRIMSON 599424-600 2/5/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI (GS)/DK MICA GREEN 599477-301 2/20/2014 KD
28 – Nike KD VI/ELECTRIC GREEN 599424-302 2/28/2014 KD
14 – Nike KD VI/ANTHRACITE 599424-007 3/14/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/TURBO GREEN 642838-300 4/20/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/WHITE 642838-100 5/20/2014 KD
29 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/MINE GREY 555035-003 11/29/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/GREEN GLOW 555035-304 12/13/2013 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/BLACK 636602-002 12/20/2013 Kobe
26 – Nike Kobe 8 “CHRISTMAS” 639522-001 12/26/2013 Kobe
31 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/LT CRIMSON 639654-674 12/31/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-002 2/13/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-500 2/20/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/WHITE 636602-100 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/COURT PURPLE 636602-501 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WOLF GREY 630847-005 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM/BLACK 646701-001 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM “BLITZ BLUE” 646701-413 5/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WHITE 630847-100 5/20/2014 Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-001 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-002 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/BASE GREY 630847-003 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-004 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/NEO TURQ 630847-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/VIVID BLUE 639654-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
22 – Nike LEBRON XI/ARMORY SLATE 616175-401 11/22/2013 Lebron
27 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-001 11/27/2013 Lebron
06 – Nike LEBRON XI / BRAVE BLUE 616175-400 12/6/2013 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/WHITE 616175-100 12/20/2013 Lebron
26 – Nike Lebron XI “CHRISTMAS” 616175-301 12/26/2013 Lebron
30 – Nike LEBRON XI/MICA GREEN 616175-300 12/30/2013 Lebron
17 – Nike Lebron XI “BHM” 646702-001 1/17/2014 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-004 1/20/2014 Lebron
6 – Nike LEBRON XI/ATOMIC ORANGE 616175-800 2/6/2014 Lebron
7 – Nike LEBRON XI/COURT PURPLE 616175-500 3/7/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/LASER CRIMSON 642846-600 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/LT BASE GREY 642849-001 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/MEDIUM KHAKI 642849-200 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/ATOMIC MANGO 642849-800 5/20/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/BLACK 642846-002 5/20/2014 Lebron


Sneakers Release Date Rumors

Sneakers Release Date Rumors


Nike KD VI Bamboo

Nike KD VI Bamboo


September 2013

20 – LEBRON XI / PARACHUTE GOLD 616175-700

21 – AIR JORDAN RETRO 310805-103 10/WHITE

October 2013

04 – KOBE 8 SYSTEM / PURPLE 555035-502 DYNASTY

09 – KD VI / BLACK 599424-002

18 – KD VI / LASER ORANGE 599424-801

20 – LEBRON XI / GREY 616175-002 MINE

20 – 616805-012 JORDAN CP3.VII/BLACK


30 – KD VI / BLACK 599424-004

November 2013

2 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO / WHITE 136027-189

20 – KD VI / MET ‘LC PEWTER 599424-003

21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO / BLACK 378037-006

21 – JORDAN 11 RETRO (TD) / BLACK 378040-006

21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG / BLACK 555088-023

22 – LEBRON XI / ARMORY SLATE 616175-401

27 – LEBRON XI / BLACK 616175-001

28 – KD VI / BLUE GAMMA 599424-400

29 – KOBE 8 SYSTEM / GREY 555035-003 MINE

29 – 616805-402 JORDAN BLUE CP3.VII/GAMMA

30 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO / BLACK 136027-035

December 2013

03 – KD VI / MET ‘LC PEWTER 599424-003

06 – LEBRON XI / BRAVE BLUE 616175-400

13 – KOBE 8 SYSTEM / GREEN GLOW 555035-304

14 – AIR JORDAN 12 RETRO / WHITE 130690-125

20 – KD VI / COOL GREY 599424-008

20 – KD VI / BLACK 599424-010

20 – LEBRON XI / WHITE 616175-100

20 – LEBRON XI / GREEN MICA 616175-300

20 – LEBRON XI (GS) / WHITE 621712-100

20 – KOBE ELITE IX (GS) / BLACK 636602-002

21 – AIR JORDAN RETRO 310805-106 10/WHITE


21 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO (GS) / DK BLUE POWDER 398614-406

21 – JORDAN 3 RETRO (PS) / DK BLUE POWDER 429487-406

21 – JORDAN 3 RETRO (TD) / DK BLUE POWDER 832033-406

January 2014

20 – KOBE ELITE IX (GS) / PURPLE 636602-500 VENOM

20 – KD VI / PURE PLATINUM 599424-009

20 – KD VI / LT CRIMSON 599424-600

20 – LEBRON XI / BLACK 616175-004

20 – LEBRON XI / ATOMIC ORANGE 616175-800


21 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO / WHITE 384664-123

21 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO (GS) / WHITE 384665-123

21 – JORDAN 6 RETRO (PS) / WHITE 384666-123

21 – JORDAN 6 RETRO (TD) / WHITE 384667-123

February 2014

20 – KD VI (GS) / DK GREEN MICA 599477-301

20 – KD VI / ANTHRACITE 599424-007

20 – KD VI / ELECTRIC GREEN 599424-302

20 – LEBRON XI / COURT PURPLE 616175-500

20 – 616805-607 JORDAN RED CP3.VII/GYM

21 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO / WHITE 136064-123

21 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO (GS) / WHITE 398614-123