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Having a signature line and endorsement contract with a huge company is what being an NBA elite stands for. Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson first signed with Anta in 2014. His first signature shoe, the Anta KT 1, was officially released in December 19, 2015. He dreams to be the Michael Jordan of Anta someday and thinks of going global with the Chinese brand. In 2016, he renegotiated his initial six-year contract with Anta, and inked an apparel and footwear endorsement deal for ten years worth $80 million. Aside from the huge amount, he will receive incentives from the deal.
His first signature shoe was claimed to be for training, light running, and casual use. His second signature shoe, the Anta KT 2, is performance driven. These mid-top Klay Thompson shoes boast Anta Eve for cushioning. The outsole has durable rubber with grooves that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor playing. The upper features a majority of fuse and some parts mesh. The combination is giving the shoe durability and flexibility.
The $90 price is not bad, too. According to reports, the shoe is even more affordable in China.
Cushion. The cushioning system of the KT 2 is called Anta Eve. It is composed of a comfortable and basic EVA foam with high-density foam pads embedded at the forefoot and the heel. These pads provide impact protection, keeping the knees and legs from stress and fatigue.
Traction. The Anta KT 2 has the unbeatable herringbone pattern on the outsole. Depending on the colorway, the outsole rubber can either be solid or translucent. The grooves on the rubber provide good traction.
Length and Width. The Anta KT 2 comes in the standard width and length. According to most reviewers, the shoe has a one-to-one fit on normal-sized feet. If the wearer does not enjoy a snug fit, one suggestion is to keep using the shoe to stretch it a little. Another option is to go half a size up. For wearers with wider feet, a visit to a shoe store before buying is advised.
Lockdown. The Anta KT 2 utilizes a traditional lacing system. To secure the foot well, the tightness of the flat shoelaces can be adjusted. The stylish thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel counter is not only for aesthetic purposes. It expands to the sides of the shoe to give the foot a proper lockdown.
The upper of the Anta KT 2 is a combination of fuse and mesh. The fuse provides durability and the mesh cutouts give way for air to flow into the shoe, keeping the foot fresh. The sides of the shoe have outriggers to prevent possible ankle rolls during gameplay.
The Anta KT 2 has a mid-top silhouette and comes in numerous colorways. The rear has a TPU heel counter which resembles a hawk. According to the website of Anta, Klay Thompson is similar to a predator that checks the perimeter before making the quick move for the prey. The texture of the TPU is the same as that of hawk feathers. The Anta logos are strategically placed on both sides to look like the beak of the bird. It is also found on the outsole.
Thompson’s logos are found on the tongue and insole. His prestigious signature is found on the inner side of the tongue. Dainty textile pull tabs are placed on the tongue and top of the heel to provide ease in wearing the shoe.
Anta KT 2 All Star
The upper of the All Star version of the KT 2 features a combination of purple and turquoise. To make it more attractive, it is accented with hits of white and pink. This version’s multicolored upper sits on a wear-resistant translucent rubber outsole.
Anta KT 2 Bahama
Klay Thompson’s father Mychal taught him how to play basketball in the courts of the Bahamas. The turquoise and white combination that the KT2 Bahama sports reminds him of his childhood days.
Anta KT 2 Blackhawk
Klay Thompson is likened to a hawk that strikes when its prey (or opponents in his case) least expect it. The KT 2 Blackhawk is a version that draws inspiration from this bird of prey. It features a combination of blue and black in the upper. Its midsole is black with specks of yellow.
Anta KT 2 Breast Cancer
To help spread awareness about breast cancer, the Anta KT 2 takes on a pink and white look. This color scheme obviously takes inspiration from the Pink Ribbon, which has become a universal symbol of the fight against the disease.
Anta KT 2 Code Red
The red and white hue of the Anta KT 2 Code Red represents Klay Thompson as one of the most prolific scorers and defenders in the game today.
Anta KT 2 Golden State Warriors Road
So far, no Klay Thompson basketball shoe has failed to pay tribute to the Warriors. The KT 2 has a Golden State Warriors Road version, and it is bathed in colors of the team’s traditional Away jersey. The upper is dominated by black and blue. It sits on a yellow-speckled black midsole and blue outsole.
Anta KT 2 Fadeaway
The Fadeaway version of the second Klay Thompson basketball shoes pays homage to the player’s unique way of doing the jump shot. The midfoot features a gradient of black and white, hence the Fadeaway name. Only 312 pairs of this rendition were made available to the public.
Anta KT 2 Make It Rain
The smoothness and fierceness of Klay Thompson are symbolized in the lightning and rain graphics of the Make It Rain colorway. This rendition of the Anta KT 2 sports a combination of cyan and navy with hints of white.
Anta KT 2 MLK
Martin Luther King Day is one of the yearly observances that the NBA as a whole pays tribute to. The Anta KT 2 MLK is a limited edition black and yellow offering.
Anta KT 2 Patriot
Klay Thompson is a perennial member of Team USA. As a symbol of his unwavering love for the United States, he and Anta released the KT 2 Patriot. This special rendition is dressed in a combination of the flag’s blue, red, and white.
Anta KT 2 Post Away
The Post Away colorway of Klay Thompson’s second signature shoes has a predominantly blue upper with white and yellow accents.
Anta KT 2 Post Home
The Post Home version of the Anta KT 2 looks almost similar to the Whitehawk colorway. These predominantly white basketball shoes come with blue and yellow accents. Klay’s signature is also found on top of the the left tongue.
Anta KT 2 Pure
The silent attacks of Klay Thompson on the court is immortalized by the white and gray Pure colorway of the KT 2.
Anta KT 2 The Chase
The Golden State Warriors once again made it to the 2017 NBA Finals. The Anta KT2 The Chase is the shoe that Klay Thompson wore as he fought for yet another golden ring. ‘The Chase’ has a white and gold Home version and a black and gold Away version.
Anta KT 2 The Third Jersey
The Anta KT 2 The Third Jersey draws inspiration from colors of the Warriors’ Road jersey. Its upper prominently features a white and black gradient. Its black midsole has specks of white. The shoe has icy blue laces and white outsole.
Anta KT 2 Tribute
Klay Thompson honors his Navy veteran grandfather through the ‘Tribute’ rendition of the KT 2. This special colorway is dressed in earthly sienna and tan. It also has white accents all over.
Anta KT 2 Trust the Journey
Anta celebrated the Warriors’ entry to the 2017 NBA Finals by releasing the Trust the Journey colorway of the Anta KT2. This special version’s rose gold upper has white accents. It sits on a speckled white midsole. The shoe is finished off with a translucent rubber outsole.
Anta KT 2 Whitehawk
Inspired by a hawk that roams quietly and suddenly attacks, the Anta KT 2 Whitehawk is a white basketball shoe that has blue and yellow accents.