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Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 8 and KD 8 Elite Shoes

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The shoes Durant wore during the 2015-16 season was the Nike KD 8. The heel cup of this shoe takes design inspiration from Durant’s quirky love of sabertooth tigers, an animal Kevin had tattooed on his leg in 2014. The sabertooth tiger is a creature that KD sees as a dominant force that devours opponents. The full-length Zoom unit features ridges near the forefoot to make the area more flexible. The upper consisted of Flyweave, a lightweight material that’s stronger than knit and also allowed for prints (like the Aunt Pearl flower one seen above) to make the shoes stand out.

Much like the prior two models, the postseason saw an upgraded sneaker for the Nike KD 8 with the Elite version. This polarizing shoe featured an attached compression sleeve that ran up the ankle. Durant loved this feature enough that he had custom pairs made with sleeves leading up to his knees. His orange KD 8 Elite notably was memed for looking like bird feet.

Despite coming off of a major foot injury the prior year, Durant did return to devouring his opponents with highlight plays including a few poster dunks.

You can find the Nike KD 8 and 8 Elite at StockX, Flight Club, and GOAT.

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