After reporting on the release details for Nike KD 12 weeks prior, Nike Basketball has officially revealed Durant’s twelfth signature shoe with the brand. The Swoosh has introduced a new flywire construction for the upper, while innovating their full-length Zoom Air bag for this new silhouette.
Officially revealed in the Black/Pure Platinum-White’ colorway, the Nike KD 12 is set to arrive in two colorways atop the month of April. The Nike KD 12 will look to arrive in two new build innovations, next-generation Zoom Air, and Quad Axial Flywire.
Quad Axial Flywire will take part in the lockdown system of the upper. It looks like a major gimmick, as seen in the Hyperdunk 2011/2012, where the flywire is just glued to the upper and has no function. In the KD 12, the flywire is scattered through out the whole entire upper, and doesn’t have much function. It seems like a poor excuse for innovation, when in reality it’s just thin cables that are not functionally placed within the upper for extra security and containment. Not excited for this feature.
The bright side to the Nike KD 12 is next-generation Zoom Air. The zoom is articulated, very similar to the Nike Kyrie 5. The primary difference from a normal Zoom Air set-up, is that just like the CP3 line, and Kyrie 5, the actual bag has actual welded cuts within the bag, which articulates the bag to allow more flexibility for the wearer. Generally, this just means the Zoom is separated into separate chambers, where the welded cuts are made within the bag. Nothing really innovative, just a re-use of something Nike has used before.
However, the actual innovation with this new Zoom Air bag is the strobel board. If you don’t know what a strobel board is, it’s that woven fabric the majority of shoes feature below the insole, It’s the layer of a polyurethane/fabric placed in between the actual foam midsole, and insole. It gives the shoe more structure for the upper to be sewn. Nike has removed the strobel board this time around, and has opted to place it below the Zoom Air, in between the Phylon foam and Zoom Air. Nike has additionally placed a hex zoom air bag below the primary full-length bag, within the midsole for zonal impact protection. Smart move, but that might add a feeling of instability in the heel of the shoe for some users.
Finalizing the shoe’s tech, Nike has literally cut out holes into the strobel board and phylon foam. The foam is literally perforated, similar to other foams like Bounce, where air holes are cut into the foam to allow for more compression and feedback within it. The KD 12 phylon is totally cored out, so if you can’t feel the Zoom in the shoe, you just just might be crazy.
Pretty cool, Nike. I think Nike has totally re-defined KD’s signature line with this silhouette. The 11 looked and felt like a shoe that was just slapped together because Leo Chang and the design team were running out of ideas, very similar to the Jordan 30. Lets just say the 11s were a mistake. The Nike KD 12 looks to offer a very unique Zoom Air set-up, which I’m intrigued by. The flywire system is likely a gimmick, but I’m all in if the cushioning is good. One thing I am still not a fan of with this shoe is the full-length lateral cup sole. Is it really necessary to cage the full heel of the shoe in rubber, and the lateral foam? I can see this as being a huge design flaw as it’s obviously going to provide unnecessary weight and bulkiness to the shoes. Also not a fan of the upper materials. They should have used a supportive flyknit, not some cheap mesh that may seek durability issues.
Otherwise, I think these should be pretty solid performers, with much more improved support in comparison to its predecessor, this time around. Share your thoughts on Durant’s twelfth signature shoe down below, and let us know if you’ll be copping them. Grab a First Look at the release details down below, and stay tuned as updates become available regarding more colorways.
Nike KD 12 ’90s Kid’
Release Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Nike KD 12 ‘The Day One’
Release Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Color: ‘Black/White-Pure Platinum’
Style Code: AR4229-001
Nick Montesano, born and raised out of New Jersey. High school junior, sneaker fanatic, performance guru. Love to share my passion for sneakers of all kinds, and bring you all daily content. Favorite shoe ever: adidas Harden Vol. 3. Favorite player ever: LeBron James.