Durant has his own line of signature shoes called the Nike KDs. In addition to his main collection, he also has a more affordable line called the KD Trey 5s. Although they differ mainly in the quality of materials used, all Nike shoes with the KD mark on them are built to give maximum control and explosive take-offs.
In this article, we present the most noteworthy picks from Kevin Durant’s basketball shoe collections.
We love Kevin Durant, there is no question to that. But we also know that we have to be very objective when we look into and declare which ones of his shoes are truly worth the hype.
The following are what we do to ensure objectivity:
Buy all tested pairs ourselves
Not make assessments without actually playing in the shoes
Get the opinions of others whenever possible
You, our readers, can rest assured that our claims are based on actual reviews by real people. When our experiences with the KD shoes differ, we try to get to the bottom of it. Is it just a matter of preference? Factory defect? Playing style differences?
We strive to be thorough, and we provide as much information as we possibly can.
The Nike KD 14 is one of the best new options for anyone that wants a “mid” basketball shoe with ankle support, good lockdown, and good traction. The KD 14 will definitely be a hoop-only shoe, it doesn’t really feel comfy enough to walk around in all day. I would expect you to hoop in these and take them off when you’re done.
The KD 13 is a better than average “mid” performance basketball shoe that gives a good range of motion as well as ankle support. There aren't a lot of visual enhancements that make this a “sexy” shoe like some of the other options but it gets the job done. It's a very dependable option I find myself frequently wearing on a regular basis.
The Renew foam eventually bottoms out, a tester reports.
These KD basketball shoes lack support and containment, several players gripe. According to them, their foot slides off the footbed when making hard cuts.
Some are complaining that the toe box feels roomy.
The Nike KD Trey 5 VIII has a lot of useful features for its incredibly affordable price. Owners love the comfort of the Nike Renew foam and Flyknit padded tongue. The solid rubber outsole also provides an exceptional grip on both the hardwood and blacktop. All in all, the KD Trey 5 VIII is a great entry-level basketball shoe that can compete with higher-priced models.
Good lockdown: The materials are soft and supportive. The heel counter and the shoe's wide base also help with foot containment.
Nice materials: Experts point out that the materials that make up the KD Trey 5 IX's upper are of high quality, especially given its lower price.
Light: Ballers point out this KD shoe does not weigh them down at all; it's perfect for sprints and relentless drives to the basket.
No break-in needed: This shoe is a true time-saver because it is comfortable and completely usable straight out of the box.
Affordable: Being a take-down model, the Nike KD Trey 5 IX has gained the favor of many budget-conscious buyers.
Not bouncy enough: The shoe has a Zoom unit in the forefoot, but it's barely noticeable. It provides only a subtle bounce at best.
Dust-prone: The outsole attracts so much dust that wiping sometimes cannot solve the problem.
Not for outdoors: While the outsole is indeed durable, outdoor use is still discouraged because of the aforementioned dust issue.
The price of Nike KD Trey 5 IX is lowered and, unfortunately, it comes with a little compromise in terms of quality. Specifically, this shoe has issues when it comes to traction and bounce. This, however, doesn't mean that the KD Trey 5 IX does not perform at all. It's still a pretty decent offering from Nike and Kevin Durant.
The Nike KD 8 was expected to deliver, and it surely did not disappoint. The materials and Nike technologies used to create it have worked together to deliver high levels of support, comfort, traction, and even aesthetics. There are complaints here and there, but they are more the exception rather than the rule.
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.