Our verdict


According to KD fans, the KD 12 is one of the most comfortable and well-rounded basketball shoes in Kevin Durant’s growing signature line. With its innovative cushioning, materials, and support features, even non-KD fans are praising its on-court performance.


  • Excellent on-court grip
  • Supportive
  • Reliable lockdown and containment
  • Impressive cushioning
  • Superb comfort
  • Fits true to size
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • No break-in time


  • Narrow
  • Outsole accumulates dust

Who should buy the Nike KD 12

This Nike basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a pair that provides excellent grip on the court that allows you to change direction quickly
  • You want a shoe that is light and super comfortable 
  • You prefer a shoe with reliable lockdown and containment to accommodate your feet well

Who should not buy the Nike KD 12

Several players have mentioned that this shoe has a narrow fit, so if you have wide feet you might want to check out Nike Kyrie 7. You may also opt for Kyrie Low 2 for a good balance of style and performance.

Also, if you are not a fan of frequent wiping and like playing on dusty courts, consider moving away from KD shoes. There's a whole catalog of Nike basketball shoes to choose from. 

Grippy on any type of court

Many basketball players are satisfied with KD 12's on-court grip, commenting that the outsole bites the floor very well and provides excellent multi-directional traction. 

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This makes sense since this pair features a translucent rubber outsole with a fingerprint-like traction pattern.

Wipe it good

To make sure that the grip is consistent, it's best to wipe the outsole occasionally, as it happens to accumulate dust - many hoopers have reported.

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No heel slippage at all

According to a lot of basketball players, these Kevin Durant basketball shoes provide excellent lockdown and containment. These Kevin Durant sneakers provide on-demand lockdown and multi-directional containment with its 4-way directional Flywire cables.

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Impressive cushioning system

Thanks to its Full-length Zoom Air cushioning, nearly all hoopers are very impressed with this shoe, commenting that the cushioning is super bouncy and responsive. 

Out-of-the-box comfort

Like the KD 11, several wearers are happy that the KD 12 is also good to go right out of the box and does not require any break-in time. 

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True to size, but not for wide feet

Most verified buyers are happy that these Nike basketball shoes fit true to size. They are saying that the materials hug the foot for a one-to-one fit. However, at least a couple of wearers reported that the KD 12 runs a little narrow at the forefoot.

Insanely light

For a mid-to-high-top basketball sneaker, most hoopers are claiming that the KD 12 feels light on their feet, allowing them to execute their plays smoothly on the court.

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Colorways of the Nike KD 12

The Nike KD 12 is available in the following hues:

  • Black/White/Pure Platinum ‘The Day One’
  • Black/White-Wolf Grey ‘Black Cement’
  • Multi-Color/White ‘90s Kid’
  • Red Orbit/Blue Glaze-Orange Pulse ‘EYBL’
  • University Red/Black-White ‘University Red’
  • White/Black-Wolf Grey ‘Wolf Grey’
  • White/Game Royal-White-Amarillo ‘Warriors Home’