Ranking All of Kevin Durant’s Signature Sneakers

  • Nike KD 1

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    7. Nike KD 1

    2009

    Durant’s first signature model isn’t often remembered, but sneaker collectors are beginning to scour the internet and sneaker shows for deadstock pairs. The shoes were generously priced and even had some rare colorways inspired by the Seattle Sonics, a franchise which later relocated and established itself as the OKC Thunder.

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    6. Nike KD 5

    2013

    We’re not trying to throw any shade at the KD V, but the KD IV was an extremely tough act to follow. The KD V was still a top seller and its inclusion in the Nike Basketball Elite collection had bigger significance for Kevin Durant rather than the model itself.

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  • Nike KD 3

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    5. Nike KD 3

    2011

    The third KD model was an impressive sneaker that, quite honestly, lacked that one blockbuster colorway that permanently grabbed our attention. However, the KD 3 was the first of the signature line to be available on NIKEiD, which leads us to this fun fact: Nike KD shoes are the highest-selling shoe on NIKEiD since they were first made available.

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  • Nike KD 2

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    4. Nike KD 2

    2010

    The sophomore KD model championed Durant’s desire to create a “shoe for everyone.” Not only was it priced at an incredibly low $75, but the KD 2 featured Zoom cushioning and a mid­foot strap, and was worn by several players around the league.

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  • Nike KD7

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    3. Nike KD7

    2014-2015

    The most recent KD model falls in at number three. Aside from the complete redesign, Leo Chang and Nike Basketball opted to base the shoe on some new materials like a breathable mesh at the toe and a sturdy Hyperposite heel. The EXT models elevated the sporty design to catch the attention of the style­-focused crowds, proving that the KD7 was fit for the streets as much as it was made for the courts.

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    2. Nike KD 6

    2013-2014

    Here’s where the ranking can get a bit tricky. While the KD IV is the clear­cut No. 1, the combinations of numbers two through six are endless. What stands out to us is the KD 6 because of its out-­of-­the-­box design and the fact that it had the wherewithal to reference the “Weatherman” concept from the past, which was a real treat for the KD enthusiasts.

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  • Nike KD IV

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    1. Nike KD IV

    2012

    Despite being four models in, the Nike KD signature line lacked the “breakthrough” that it needed to solidify itself as part of the discussion. The fourth model was undoubtedly that shoe; the slick low­-cut design, enlarged strap, and most importantly, flawless colorways (Nerf, Weatherman, Galaxy) made the KD IV a mainstay in the sneakerhead landscape. The best part? The $95 base price made them one of the most affordable sneakers of the year.

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  • Nike KD 2
  • Nike KD7
  • Nike KD IV

Kevin Durant‘s rise to the ranks as one of the game’s elite ballers was a trajectory that we all saw before he was even drafted. Already a terrorizing scorer for the Texas Longhorns, Durant’s potential as an offensive threat in the NBA was limitless. His four league scoring titles are proof of that. The Maryland native has all the goods to transcend greatness, and what the hoops experts and casual fans see is that the Oklahoma City star will go down as one of the greatest players to ever step foot on the hardwood. His incredible success on the court is only matched by the widely popular Nike KD signature line that the Swoosh brand launched in 2008, and though it had its humble beginnings — the shoes were as low as $75, which, to put into perspective, is the same MSRP as the most bare-boned sneaker in history, the Nike Roshe Run — the Nike KD line is currently regarded as one of Nike’s most successful in the brand’s storied past.

Now, ranking the best of the KD signature shoes isn’t an easy task; there’s the aforementioned bargain­priced Nike KD II, which was so affordably priced that it appealed to lower ­income households, and there’s the KD IV, which was one of the best shoes of 2012 thanks to its incredible colorways and equally pleasing $95 price­point. Here, we attempt to rank the KD signature shoes, all of which were designed by Leo Chang (now serving as the Design Director of Nike Basketball), but let it be known that there is no sub-par shoe here. There are just reasons to like one more than the other. With the release of yet another colorway of the Nike KD7 going down this Thursday at Champs Sports — an “Away” colorway — here we are Ranking All of Kevin Durant’s Signature Sneakers.

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