Nike Zoom KD 9
Full-length Zoom for 360-degree playmaking.
Nike Zoom KD 9
Covering every inch of the court, KD finds ways to score against even the most determined defenses. His new signature shoe adapts to every move with a second-skin fit and re-engineered cushioning.
A full-length Nike Zoom Air unit is thicker in the heel to cushion hard landings, and thinner in the forefoot, for superior pop when KD pulls up quickly.
The sock-like Flyknit forefoot gives KD areas of breathability, stretch and support where he needs them most.
Intersecting lace loops create a “cage” that supports and contains KD’s foot during quick cuts and sprints.
“These shoes are perfectly catered to my foot, like I molded these and got a special pair made. That’s what I want everybody to feel who puts these on. It will feel personal.”
Behind the Design
Two Artists at Work
At the center of KD’s signature shoe is a conversation between KD and Nike Basketball Senior Design Director Leo Chang—an athlete and a designer who make each other better.
Chang faced a unique design challenge with the KD 9: Durant already felt the KD 8 was the perfect shoe. But, inspired by Durant’s drive to constantly add new moves to his already-dominant arsenal, Chang knew he could level up his design game as well. The results speak for themselves: a new kind of Flyknit, a new kind of Zoom, and a shoe KD loves more than ever.
Inspired by Nature
KD saw a connection between his playing style and the fluid quality of Nike Flyknit, so he asked Chang to use the technology for his new signature shoe. Chang took it a step further by devising an all-new honeycomb construction: “It’s a great geometry because it allows for movement, stability and containment,” he says of the nature-inspired design.