There is much to love about Kevin Durant. Healthy, he’s probably the world’s best player right now — sorry, LeBron — and he does it all in a way that you can’t hate. He is efficient. He’s unselfish. He gets along with seemingly everyone. When he does finally win awards, he calls other people the real MVP. He’s playing on a consistent contender. He never gets in trouble. And even his sneakers are dope.
But even as the kicks are going strong — and this year’s version in the KD7 from Nike is possibly his best pair yet — because of cool technological aspects and unique storylines, it’s the inspiration behind every colorway that truly sets them apart.
Every signature sneaker has themes and motifs that run throughout the line. Michael Jordan had the Jumpman and the idea of air, how he was doing things that seemed otherworldly. LeBron James has the King and lion both breathing an almost royal feel into his sneakers. Kobe Bryant has his soccer inspiration. But Kevin Durant’s line is truly unique in that he’s found motivation through a number of different things, and all of them have found their way into his sneakers over the past few years.
As we close in on yet another release of the KD7 at Champs Sports — this one for the NBA All-Star Game — which features unique gradients of greys, purples, and pinks, it’s a good time to look through designer Leo Chang/Nike’s impressive catalogue. Unique isn’t a strong enough word. Here are 10 Things You Would Never Expect to Inspire Kevin Durant’s Sneakers.
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