While Klay Thompson’s fifth signature shoe has released, we have a great look at samples of his ANTA KT 5.
Surfaced into sample pairs, these new images of the ANTA KT 5 samples reveal a different aesthetic than the actual production pairs. The sample pairs look to have a texture that is embossed into the midsole, rather than printed on, like the current released pairs. Additionally, these sample pairs look to use a dual strap shroud system. The regular lace shroud on the production pairs utilized a one piece shroud, with two straps, and one at each side of the shroud. This new sample reveals four total velcro straps, two at each side of the shoe. One straps onto the heel, while the other wraps around the ankle for lockdown and security on foot.
While this has yet to be confirmed, it’s likely these sample pairs of the KT 5s were likely made for Klay Thompson to wear test, because of the extensive rehabilitation he has been doing for his ACL tear during the NBA Finals in June. What can also be seen is that at the front of the shroud, there are three orange lockdown cables that go into the upper. This is likely what attaches the shroud to the upper aside from the four velcro straps. The tooling looks to remain the same, but the upper appears to be a textile or synthetic with a screen printed “diamond” like finish. There is also another pair that has a knitted upper, featuring the same three lockdown cables at the start of the shroud by the midfoot.
Let us know what you think of the ANTA KT 5 sample pairs in the comments below, and be sure to keep it locked here for more updates on Klay Thompson’s fifth signature shoe.