Flashback to the Nike KD 9’s Poor Support

A flashback to the poor support of Kevin Durant's ninth signature shoe.

Kevin Durant’s ninth signature shoe is bestowed as one of the best performance basketball shoes in the history of his line. However, that doesn’t mean the shoe will not have any flaws, because it has quite a BIG one. Due to Nike skimping out on the implementation of outriggers, torsional shank plates, and wider platforms on many of their basketball shoes, serious consequences can, and often occur. The Nike KD 9 is no exception to that.

Below is a brief run-down and history of Kevin Durant wearing his KD 9s, with his feet literally sliding out of the shoe’s footbed and the midsole over-compressing on hard lateral movements. Remember, these all happened in game.

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

So, the photos you just witnessed showcase the lack of lateral containment the KD 9’s flyknit upper offered, as well as the brutal over compression of its tooling. Kevin Durant signature shoes notoriously fit very narrow and lack a wide platform which promotes better stability. And, that is exactly what the KD 9 lacks, as well as outriggers to enhance the stability. Also more reinforcements of the upper are needed to better contain the foot on lateral movements, which led to Durant’s foot rolling out of the footbed of the KD 9 multiple times.

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1 comment on “Flashback to the Nike KD 9’s Poor Support

  1. I got the KD 9 ‘Elite’ I still play in and they are good.

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