A few weeks ago we previewed the Nike KD 9 Elite from Nike Basketball. We now have information that the colorway is now part of the new “Time to Shine” Package from Swoosh.
If you have been living under a rock somewhere, March Madness is going on right now. Top tier teams from all over the country battle it out in the Sweet Sixteen for the NCAA Championship. 10 of the 16 teams from the tourney are sponsored by Nike. The Nike schools will be provided with the Time to Shine Collection for their upcoming games.
The Time to Shine Collections is led by the KD 9 Elite. Just like our preview before, the KD 9 Elite has a new upgraded knit pattern to improve the fit and containment for the user. Nike lead designer Leo Chang chimes in on the new design,
Containment for lateral movement is achieved through knitting tunnels into the Flyknit upper that allows us to channel a single cable around the entire foot,” explains Nike Designer Leo Chang. “This cabling setup can micro-adjust and conform around the foot for an adaptive fit.”
Efforts were also made to make Flyknit more comfortable on-court. “Not only are there knit-in ventilation holes in the midfoot for breathability, but we are able to seamlessly integrate the tongue padding into a knit pocket in the upper,” notes Chang. “This eliminates additional layers of materials inside the shoe.”
Aside from the KD 9, Nike will also have accompany the NCAA players with Kyrie 3’s, LeBron 14’s, PG 1, and the Kobe A.D. It’s great to see that Nike push out packs like this. I can’t even remember when the last package was from Nike Basketball. Other than the annual Black History Month, Christmas, and Easter Packs, there hasn’t been a new plethora of sneakers in a while.
The Nike Basketball Time to Shine Pack will drop this Friday, March 24th ranging from $110.00 USD to $175.00 USD. Please note that Nike stated that all but the Kobe A.D. will release.
“All foot wear, with the exception of the Kobe A.D., will be also available at Nike.com and select retails on March 24.”
Stay tuned for more information once available.