Kevin Durant, the best basketball player in the world who isn’t a hybrid of a beast and monster, has a new pair of shoes. And it’s a low top. And it has a tongue that curves. And it basically looks like a soccer shoe. But it’s for basketball and they’re so bizarre-looking that I think I’m falling for them.
The most unique thing about the KD VI is the tongue construction. Enhanced by the two-tone design of the shoe and the angled cut of the tongue, the tongue looks slanted and almost curved. Kind of like what you would see in a few soccer shoes that move the laces from the forefront of the foot to the side.
The pattern of the shoe’s traction is designed with data and the upper is made with Flywire (you can see the outline on the yellow). Other additions in the KD VI are typical Nike technospeak: Max Air unit in the heel, Nike Zoom in the forefoot and a Phylon midsole. Oh yeah and a big ol’ Swoosh and KD logo.
It’s a pretty big departure from typical basketball shoes, replacing the usual hard cuts and sharp angles with a much rounder finish. This particular colour might not be the most flattering (it was modelled off Kevin Durant’s hometown gym), but future colours might be.