Who should buy the Nike KD11

The Nike KD 11 is a solid choice if:

  • You are looking for a basketball companion cushioned enough to shield your feet against strains and fatigue. 
  • You prefer a shoe with an outsole grip that operates well on clean courts.

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Who should not buy the Nike KD11

Folks who love to play on dusty courts might have to look past the Nike KD11. Its traction requires frequent wiping when playing on dusty courts while the grooves are spaced really tight, and dust gets clogged easily. Also, if you are after a shoe that offers enough upper support this basketball shoe is not for you. Wearers lament that the Flyknit upper is too stretchy and does a terrible job of supporting and containing the foot. Lastly, wide-footed players might also have to look elsewhere because of the narrowness of KD11. They can have a look at other Nike KD basketball shoes to find the most ideal pair. 

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Profile of the Nike KD 11

There is nothing that Kevin Durant can’t do on the court. He is one of the league’s most versatile and lethal scorers. Because of this, he needs a shoe that can keep up with his unpredictable style of play. The Nike KD 11 is up to the task with its all-new cushioning setup and light yet strong upper.

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These Nike shoes are designed for the grind. It boasts a ridiculously responsive combination of Nike React and heel-to-toe Zoom Air that powers Durant’s every movement. The adaptive Flyknit upper offers stretch and support to keep him going all day.

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Performance

Cushion. This incredibly responsive basketball shoe boasts a combination of Nike React foam and top-loaded full-length Zoom Air cushioning. This all-new setup offers superior responsiveness, impact protection, and energy return to keep your every move supported and energized.

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Traction. The Nike KD11 has a rubber outsole with a wavy tread pattern that offers multi-surface traction. The outsole also extends up the sides of the shoe, cupping the foot to increase stability when making hard cuts.

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Fit

For a better fit. Because of the stretchy upper, they highly recommend trying these basketball shoes in-store for a better fit.

Lockdown. The KD11 is equipped with Flywire cables that lock the foot in place when laced up.

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Material

These KD basketball shoes are designed to deliver superior comfort and support. The Flyknit upper offers breathability, flexibility, and support exactly where it is needed. According to designer Leo Chang, “The Flyknit for Kevin is different from the Flyknit for LeBron and Kobe.

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They each need a different fit and feel. The KD11, in particular, uses yarns to create a lofted effect, which gives it plush padding and comfort. This is something we haven’t done before with Flyknit in Nike Basketball.”

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Style

The Nike KD11 boasts updated tooling for a fresh look and feel. “For the tooling, we’ve created a perfect balance of plush ride and bounce,” Chang explains. “This doesn’t always happen; it really needs two materials to make it work.”

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Durant also prefers a shoe that is comfortable and doesn’t need to be broken in. “He likes the feel of the Flyknit Trainer and the Nike Epic React,” Chang describes. “Last summer, he loved the Air Sock Racer — that is where the collar of the 11 came from, and all the lofting in the tongue and quarter followed.”

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Special Colorways of the Nike KD 11

Kevin Durant’s eleventh signature basketball shoe is available in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Bright Crimson-Photo Blue ‘Just Do It’
  • Black/Persian Violet/Bright Crimson/Chlorine Blue
  • Black/Racer Blue/Bright Crimson/White
  • Black/Twilight Pulse ‘Black Twilight’
  • Black/White-Racer Blue-Bright Crimson
  • Black/White ‘Still KD’
  • Blue/Volt ‘Paranoid’
  • College Navy/University Gold
  • Cool Grey/Pure Platinum/Racer Pink/Wolf Grey ‘Cool Grey’
  • Hot Punch/Lime Blast-Pure Platinum ‘Peach Jam’ aka ‘EYBL’
  • Multi-Colour/Metallic Gold ‘Gold Splatter’

Nike KD 11 ‘BHM’

Part of Nike’s 2019 Black History Month collection, the Nike KD 11 ‘BHM’ is covered in navy, light yellow, and grey with fuchsia stitching. These basketball shoes also feature a patchwork-like graphic at the heel with a silver “BHM” stamp.

Nike KD 11 ‘EYBL’

The Nike KD 11 ‘EYBL’ was crafted for the 2018 Elite Basketball Tournament.  Also known as ‘Peach Jam,’ the ‘EYBL’ colorway is covered in hot punch, lime blast, and pure platinum. A Peach Jam logo and a pink React midsole complete the theme.

Nike KD 11 ‘Just Do It’

This special edition colorway is part of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign. The Nike KD 11 ‘Just Do It’ features a combination of black, bright crimson, and photo blue. A branded label and bold Swoosh complete the design.

Nike KD 11 ‘Paranoid’

Featuring a combination of blue and volt, the Nike KD 11 ‘Pranoid’ honors Durant’s maniacal mindset. With the use of “appropriate fear,” he never settles and always aims to win.

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Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Signature: Kevin Durant
Lockdown: Lace-Up, Slip-On
Collection: Nike Kd
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Blue / Pink / Grey
SKUs: AO2604005 / AO2604006 / AO2604007 / AO2604600 / AO2604901 / AO2605001 / AO2605004 / AO2605400 / BQ6245400 / BV7721600

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.