Nike officially unveiled its latest signature sneaker for Kevin Durant on Sunday, and Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs was the perfect setting for the KD10 to make its on-court debut, courtesy of Durant himself.
The overall design is very similar to that of the KD9, with a couple of notable tweaks. The sneaker is decked out in what the company says is the most advanced Flyknit ever produced for basketball -- a "low stretch, high-tenacity (think seat belt) yarn at stress points and a high stretch yarn at the collar and across the forefoot [which] yields a perfect balance of basketball-specific support and a sock-like hug."
The other important change is the lacing system. On the KD9, the laces were mostly just decorative, but the new design looks like it'll be a lot easier to secure that all-important locked-down fit.
"It is one element [designer Leo Chang] and I talk about when working designs — one thing that goes under the radar is the laces," Durant says. "To have Flyknit and a unique lacing pattern was key for us."
Check out the photos below, beginning with an on-court look at the KD10 on Durant's feet ahead of Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Spurs. The faint blue anniversary colorway will be available May 26, and the white colorway drops on June 1.