Paramount to the development of the Nike KD VI was deep storytelling elements to go along with the performance innovation details. Kevin Durant worked closely with Leo Chang and the Nike Basketball design team to convey KD’s personal journey through unique color blocking, themes, graphics and textures. (It’s no surprise, then, that the kicks launched July 27th in Kevin’s hometown.) As KD tells it, his latest signature sneaker was the result of a “new conversation around basketball shoes.” He adds, “We’re driven on the technical side, but also want to have some creative fun around hidden stories matching hot color combinations.”
Those future color combinations will release over the next few months, each featuring special surprises and further insight into KD’s journey. Check out the list below.
KD VI Texas: 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. Launch: Oct. 10.
KD VI Peanut Butter & Jelly: 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. Launch: Oct. 19.
KD VI Away: 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. Launch: Oct. 31.
KD VI Maryland Blue Crab: 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. Launch: Nov. 29.
KD VI Precision Timing: 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. Launch: Dec. 7.