Reigning two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant is an established superstar player in the NBA and still has a couple of years right at the top of the basketball pyramid ahead of him. Because of his immense popularity tied to the Warriors' rise in fame, tremendous scoring ability and the Nike brand, his signature shoe line, the KD, is an appealing option for casual basketball fans, Golden State Warriors supporters and sneakerheads. As a rookie for the Seattle SuperSonics, Kevin Durant signed the second-largest rookie endorsement deal, behind LeBron James. The second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft declined a more lucrative deal with Adidas to ink a seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike - the Adidas deal was reportedly for $70 million and seven years. By the time his first shoe was released, though, the franchise had already made the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Despite playing for a small-market team, Kevin Durant was a unique star who remained humble and hungry. His move to the Golden State Warriors did change his image, somewhat, but he has made the best out of it with his improvements on and off the court - Durant has been involved in a number of philanthropic causes tied to education of poor kids in the Bay Area. However, the KD still has not approached the same level as other Nike signature shoe lines, like the Jordan, the LeBron or the Kobe. Part of that can be blamed on his lack of titles in the past, although he is well on his way to emulating LeBron now.
Despite being a basketball shoe, the KD has transitioned to a low-top design, just like the Kobes. Additionally, the shoes are some of the cheapest available options in the Nike signature basketball lineup.
Originally, Kevin Durant shoes were under $100 a pair. That changed with the Nike KD V, when they were raised to $115. The Nike KD VI increased to $130 at the base level and the KD7 went up to $150. While certainly not cheap, the Kevin Durant shoes are more reasonable than the other top basketball shoes from Nike, which are mostly in the $200+ range.
We list every edition of the Kevin Durant shoe below. The sneakers are listed in chronological order - do note the season when it was featured.
#1 Nike Zoom KD 1
The Zoom KD 1s were unveiled at the start of the 2008-09 season, following the Sonics franchise's move from Seattle to Oklahoma City and the subsequent rebranding. The Thunder finished with another lowly regular season campaign (23-59), but Kevin Durant raised his scoring average by over five points per game from his rookie season to finish with an average of 25.3 ppg.
Pretty much like the sneakers from the LeBron line at the time, the Zoom KD 1 featured more of an old-school feel in terms of the colourways, the cut of the shoe as well as the plastic material used on the shoes. But the fact that Nike packaged the Zoom Air into the shoe that cost just $88 at the time speaks volumes about their dedication to making an elite shoe for a player expected to dominate the league for years to come.
#2 Nike Zoom KD II
KD spent much of his third regular season campaign getting the Sonics up to speed as a playoff team. The Thunder finished with a 50-32 record during the regular season banking largely on his efforts as a scorer. He finished the season with his first scoring title of four, and there was a spell of 29 straight games this season when he dropped at least 25 points a game, including the entire month of January.
Durant was a frontrunner in the Most Valuable Player voting, eventually finishing second to LeBron James. His shoe sales, too, took off, although the KD line finished 3rd behind the Kobe and LeBron lines.
One of the immediate elements of the shoe that you notice is the thick midfoot strap - a change from the Zoom KD 1s. Durant himself advocated that the strap was “something that was iconic to him” and insisted upon its inclusion. The strap offers an assured lockdown feel and fit. Priced again at $89, it was a veritable steal given the high performance it afforded for shoe collectors and sneakerheads.
#3 Nike Zoom KD III
Durant's second scoring title coincided with a breakout season for Westbrook and Harden, as the former made his first All-Star and the latter was a strong contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
The Thunder made it two steps further in the playoffs this time, losing to the Mavericks in the Conference Finals by a 4-1 margin.
His shoe sales kept going up, just like his performance stats. Aside from a short break in period due to its leather build, the shoes feel great from the get-go and wrap around the foot nicely. Zoom Air and a minimal midsole provide a really good court feel for active players. The same leather upper that took a minute to break in also stands the test of time in the durability department. The shoe strap has been done away with for this edition of the shoe.
#4 Nike Zoom KD IV
The first time Durant made it past the Western Conference playoffs and into the NBA Finals for his first bow was his fifth season in the league.His third scoring title came along the way, although Kobe Bryant had the opportunity to upstage him by the fag end of the lockout-shortened regular season campaign.
The Zoom KD IVs were markedly more expensive than previous editions of the shoe line. The Nike iD customization choice allowed customers to customise the cushioning as well as the sole, which is a huge positive in comparison to the KD shoes sold before. With more durable material used in this shoe, as well as the reintroduction of the full shoe strap that allows for better fit and comfort.
#5 Nike KD V
Nike shoe designer Leo Chang deserves a round of applause for this one, as he hit it right out of the ballpark for a season which saw Kevin Durant put up historic 50/40/90 shooting splits for the only time in his career thus far, although he has come close to that mark every year since then. His shoe game was as on point as his shooting game, and there's reason to believe that the KD Vs are the best shoes in the Durant line so far.
They went with a much more pliable rubber compound with the KD V versus the KD IV, causing plenty of friction between your foot and the hardwood.
The 10mm forefoot Zoom unit was a good improvement - usually, the KD signature has a much thinner Zoom unit. The heel Air unit was a nice addition as well. This foam breaks in nicely and feels better with each and every year, and the shoe itself looks pretty dope in a number of different colourways.
#6 Nike KD VI
With Russell Westbrook missing a major chunk of the regular season campaign, Durant went on the most dominant regular season scoring run in modern basketball, surpassing Michael Jordan on his way to compiling a streak of 41 straight games with 25 or more points. He wrested the scoring title back from Carmelo Anthony with a clear lead this year, averaging 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
Designer Leo Chang retained most of the design and colour elements that made the KD V such a great release, and I suspect the shoes played no less of a part in helping Durant on his way to his first and only MVP season. As comfortable as many of Nike's high-end sneakers, the KD VI shoes fit better on the feet than all the KD shoes released before it. They retain the same exquisite cushioning as the KD Vs, and the Fuse is thin, pliable and requires nearly zero break-in time.
#7 Nike KD VII
It's a damn shame that we didn't get to watch KD dazzle basketball fans with his near-perfect throwback KD VII shoes, given that he was plagued by injury for most of the season, and ended up having to undergo season-ending bone grafting surgery in March 2015. Max Zoom in the heel and 8mm Zoom in the forefoot makes these boots super comfy. HyperRev up front and Foamposite in the back are a throwback take on the KD line, similar to many of the earliest shoes released in the LeBron line.
With the Foamposite heel, you receive structure and support where you need it most. The mesh forefoot offers a pain-free and highly mobile user experience. The fit offers the greatest amount of support, but there is a new feature in place for the same purpose. Instead of a traditional shank, the KD 7 features support bars or beams right where your metatarsal bones are located. Basically, they mimic the body's natural support features - pretty effectively at that - without adding additional weight or bulk. The strap at the top makes fit a non-issue.
#8 Nike KD VIII
Yup, the 3-1 jokes are all fair, given that Durant wasn't playing anywhere close to his best in the Thunder's final 3 games of the season. And yet, this was a season when the Thunder could realistically have won a title, thanks to the Durant we saw for the rest of the season. The Westbrook-Durant duo was nothing to scoff at, and they scraped 61 wins and the third seed in the West before stepping it up against the Spurs in the Conference Semifinals, mostly thanks to KD's performances.
His shoe game was on point as well. The kicks sport probably the best traction and grip in all shoes to come out of Nike's KD stable. A new full length articulated Zoom Air unit was created for the KD 8, giving it really good cushioning. Flyweave was used for the first time on KD's, and that takes the new-look KD shoes to a different level in terms of comfort.
#9 Nike KD IX
A move to the Bay Area paid off spectacularly for KD, as he lit up the NBA playoffs with dominant performances, before topping it off with an all-time great Finals display averaging 35.2 points per game on 56/47/93 shooting splits and leading the team in blocks per game en route to his first Finals MVP trophy, as the Warriors compiled the best postseason record of all time and won their first 15 games on the bounce.
The bounce on these shoes has always been a bonus, reinforced as it is by full-length Max Zoom.
The traction on these shoes is unreal, the best it has been on any KD shoe to hit the stores so far. This is the best iteration of Flyknit on a Nike KD model so far, reinforced by nylon threading to max out the comfort level on the shoe.
#10 Nike KD X
Another championship for the Warriors seemed imminent preseason, but the likes of Chris Paul and James Harden had a lot to say about all that, going 3-2 up on the Warriors. Durant and the Warriors, however, rallied a comeback against the injury-depleted Rockets roster before sweeping the Cavaliers on the way to completing a repeat trophy. Durant earned his second Finals MVP trophy, and his showing in Game 3 of the Finals is one of the best games he's ever played.
The kicks he wore sported better colourways than the KD 9s while stylistically looking similar, but the traction and durability of these shoes is a little bit lower than the previous edition of the shoes. Cushioning was achieved, once more, with a full-length Zoom Air unit on the sole. The fit of these shoes is a little bit better than the 9s owing to the mid shoe structure and the lacing pattern, but the brand has a ways to go before it can match the great product the KD 9s were.