The Nike KD 11 lands in Australia in its 11th iteration signature basketball shoe under the Nike brand. A European first release in June 2018 in two colorways featured a mix of Flyknit, full-length Zoom Air, and REACT foam cushioning.
The standout design feature of the KD 11 is the updated tooling, following Kevin Durant’s previous models, being the KD 9 and KDX, both models utilized the same sole unit which incorporated a full-length Zoom Air cushioning unit.
This model is constructed with a more innovative system starting from the ground-up with responsive cushioning provided by the full-length Zoom Air unit which works alongside Nike’s patented React foam midsole which ultimatlt offers softer and bouncer ride. Upper show the shoe features a one-piece Flyknit body paired with a synthetic heel counter for a lightweight and supportive fit.
Cushion. The designer decided incorporated a cushioning combination that had never been used in any Nike shoe to date, fitting both the Nike React foam and Nike Zoom Air in the one shoe.
This design worked s well delivering a broken-in feel right out of the box. This model is constructed with a more innovative system starting from the ground-up with responsive cushioning provided by the full-length Zoom Air unit which works alongside Nike’s patented React foam midsole which ultimately offers a softer and bouncer ride.
Traction & Grip. The traction pattern is simple yet effective with the use of curved circular lines running from the toe to heel. We felt this pattern gave good reaction and traction, however is ideally used for indoor court use.
The translucent rubber cups your foot extending up around the side giving you the extra forefoot stability.tern used curved lines,it is will be better if you used in the inside and wooden floors.
Fit & Size. As with previous KD models, the forefoot can be slightly on the narrow side, is it best to try a half size bigger if possible. As the shoe is constructed with a full fly-knit upper, this material wraps and hugs your foot so should not effect containment to much.
Containment. Players who are familiar with flyknit material will be at home in these shoes, The material offers a tight sock like feel backed by a molded suede look heel cup with a handy tab for quick fit. The laces loop within the fly-knit material allowing you to tweak the fit to your liking.
The upper of the KD 11 is one of the more surprising elements in the shoe design, it appears straight forward but the feel is different than those who have gone before it. The shoe utilities the a full flyknit material similar to that of the KD 10, however the forefoot is contained using a reinforced lace system. The molded heel cup is a nice and soft finish centralizing and stabling the heel.
The keel tab allows quick fitting of the show while the translucent rubber sole gives the the traction required for explosive moves.
The style is simple yet efficient and effective in every way just like KD himself, but don’t be fooled – this shoe packs a punch incorporating some innovative design elements such as the use of both the Nike React and Air zoom units in the one sole delivering something new to the basketball court.
The low-top cut appears a little lower than previous models but is neutralized by the heel cup, the sole is also noticeably thicker making them also marginally heavier than its predecessors, but that extra cushions has to come from somewhere!.
While the shoe may not be as aesthetically pleasing as others, its on court performance will keep Australian ballers wanting – in particular its luxurious cushioning and bounce is what it can hang its hat on while providing a locked in and durable ride.