Nike made it official today by announcing the KD8. I am excited for this shoe. When the images first leaked, there were many critics… “this looks like the air max 2015″… “downgrade”… “where’s the strap?” But for me, this seems to fit all of my wants in a hoop shoe… low cut, light weight, flexible, great cushioning, and traction. I also am liking the possibilities with the Flyweave upper. Here is to a successful line Nike and KD!!
Here are the highlights from the press release:
- Flyweave technology upper – first Nike basketball shoe to use it.Woven textile that can be designed in high resolution, down to the pixel.
- Articulated full-length Nike Zoom Air unit – first time there are notches strategically placed in the forefoot and heel to flex with the foot’s movement.
- Flywire in the forefoot, locks you in.
- Sabertooth Tiger tattoo on KD’s leg was a source of inspiration. Predatory instincts, ferocity and prehistoric old soul… what? But the heel design was designed to mimic a sabertooth’s fangs.
- First release will be the “July 4th” colorway dropping on June 27th… in limited quantities… you know what that means. The upper will contain firework inspired patterns.
- The second colorway will be the red one from the images called, “V8”. Inspired by Durant’s Camaro he had customized in 2010.
In case you aren’t familiar with the “What The…” line from Nike, they are an attempt to mash-up and capture many of the best moments and various colorways for a particular signature model. This year the WTKD7 has been inspired from 18 different releases (wow… just think about that… 18 colorways). I know not everyone is a fan of this wild release but I enjoy them as a way to remember many of the shoes with one model. See if you can spot the different colorways or you can always read the Nike article linked below to see which ones made the cut.
New KD7 What The shoe available June 20 combines various colors, patterns, graphics and technical details of popular KD7 colorways into a modern mashup.
I suspected a USA colorway but wasn’t sure it would fit in with the WTKD7 coming and the KD8 red colorway. I am a huge fan of most USA colorways and I’m glad to see this one coming to light. We need to see better shots of it first though before I can decide cop/drop.
INike, your products are not safe with anybody, man…even retail employees are leaking stuff. I guess that’s good for those that can’t wait to see what’s next. This USA colorway of the upcoming Nike KD 8 is scheduled to release on June 27 and looks to sport a firework upper for the 4th of July.
Source: Nike KD 8 ‘USA’
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.
Nike KD 6 COLORWAY HISTORY: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 Dates Rumors for 2013-14
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.
|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|
The new uniforms for USA Basketball were recently unveiled and I really like what I see so far. They are made from the same materials that the NCAA Hyper Elite uniforms are made from so they are light and made from green materials. I can’t put my finger on it but I’m also digging the USA logo on the chest. I’d love to see a blue or red set accompany this white version. Here is some more info on the new uniforms Via Alec Banks at HypeBeast:
Combining Nike’s lightest, most technologically advanced textiles with iconic graphics, the Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform helps boost players’ performance and communicates the pride of USA Basketball. The innovation begins with Nike Aerographics, an engineered fabric that is a passive cooling solution allowing greater design and graphic flexibility while creating mesh areas in a garment without adding seams. It adds graphic interest to a garment that actually contributes to the performance by increasing air circulation. The Nike Hyper Elite Shorts to be worn by the USA Basketball team alone weigh in at 14 ounces lighter than the average shorts currently worn by professional players. The Hyper Elite Jersey, with its 3D-structured Dri-FIT fabric, helps pull sweat away from the skin and reduce cling while a functional flock screenprint on the inside of the collar provides further sweat management. The sleeveless v-neck silhouette, including hem vents and modified armholes, offers mobility while the slim fit reduces bulkiness and distraction. Finally, the debut of the Nike Hyperdunk, part of the landmark Lunarlon Collection. An innovative combination of advanced Nike Flywire technology and a basketball-specific Lunarlon cushioning system, this light, more supportive, durable and breathable shoe is expressly designed to meet the demands of elite basketball players worldwide. As modeled by Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams and LeBron James, the United States basketball pride is in good hands.