Complete History of the Nike KD V

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Nike KD V

In his fifth signature sneaker, Kevin Durant looked to continue his NBA success. While failing to win his first NBA championship in the Nike KD 4, Leo Chang and Kevin Durant decide to change up the style of the shoes. Primarily sticking to a lower cut, the KD 5 had a much higher design than previous models. Continuing his NBA success, KD led the Oklahoma City Thunder in scoring and rebounds with 29.6 and 8.8 respectively.

First Look/Sneak Peek at the Nike KD V

Release Information for the Nike KD V

First Impression of the Nike KD V

Performance Review of the Nike KD V

Long Term Review of the Nike KD V

Complete History of the Nike KD V


Nike basketball designer Leo Chang got another opportunity to design Kevin Durant’s signature kicks. After the KD 4’s success, the bar had been raised and designing a shoe for Nike’s third superstar was an important task for Chang.

Even though Durant won his 3rd NBA scoring title, the All-Star Game MVP, and an Olympic gold medal in 2012, Durant had told Chang he no longer wanted his shoes to feature a strap but a shoe with a midsole bubble and for it to be a high top. In the heel the KD 5 sports Max Air technology while the forefoot consists of the Zoom Air. Many facets of Durant’s life can be seen in the outsole such as his family and accomplishments.

As Durant became Nike’s third member of their superstar trio, the KDs came with the modest price tag of $115. All of KD’s signature basketball shoes had never broken the $100 price barrier until the KD 5. The number 5 had become Durant’s number in the United State’s conquest for an Olympic gold medal. Chang had come up with the pentagon design (5 sided shape) which can be seen in the sole. Coincidentally, Durant is from Washing D.C. where the U.S. Pentagon is a located.

Outsole Details
• The initials WP to honor his parents, Wanda and Wayne Pratt
• The names Barbara and Tony to acknowledge his grandmother and brother
• Oklahoma, Seattle, Austin and Maryland area codes
• The nickname Big Chucky on the heel to remember his late childhood mentor and coach
• “Seat Pleasant’s finest” to remember the Maryland rec center he played in as a kid
• 30.1, 27.7 and 28.0 to celebrate his scoring titles


Nike KD V “Birch”
Nike KD V “Texas”
Nike KD V “Hulk”
Nike KD V Elite “Gold Pack”
Nike KD V “Splatter”
Nike KD V Elite “SuperHero”
Nike KD V “Easter”
Nike KD V “N7”
Nike KD V “BHM”
Nike KD V “DMV”
Nike KD V “Area 72”
Nike KD V “Christmas”
Nike KD V “Aunt Pearl”
Nike KD V “What The KD”

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