Of course you know the latest on Kevin Durant, a.k.a KD. Durant left Oklahoma City Thunders to join last year’s NBA finalists, Golden State Warriors. Think what you will about it, but KD has done what he thought was best for his career. In this post we dig in to his latest sneakers, the Nike Zoom KD 9.
If you have narrow feet, go down half a size. If not, these should fit true to size. I got a US13, which is my regular shoe size and it fits perfectly. If you love your shoes to be locked in tightly, you could still go half a size even with wider feet. This should not be an issue due to the flexibility that comes with Nike’s Flyknit material. But to be 100% safe, I recommend you test these on before purchasing if you are getting them in-store. Else you will have to judge whether you have narrow or wide feet to determine if you should size down or stay true to size.
On the bright side though, the KD 9 is not nearly as narrow as the KD 8 and previous versions. Going down half a size would not be the end of the world. I am confident I could drop down to a US12.5 and still be comfortable.
These sneakers feature some lightly-glued Flyknit, with some Nylon lining. The combination allows the extra flexibility Flyknit offers along with adequate support required to play safely. That support comes from the marginal stiffness of Nylon. With materials, I think Nike nailed it in the KD Zoom 9.
The rear end consists of foam, textile mesh, and fuse. Hence, the rear end provides just enough structure and support for your foot.
By far the best quality of the KD 9. The cushioning absolutely Ludicrous (in a good way of course)! The cushioning in the KD 8 was just above average, but boy, the completely killed it in the KD 9. In these shoes, we get more Zoom, we get more Zoom feel because the shoes drop lower due to having less midsole diameter, and a nicely articulated forefoot. Nike has been able to figure out a mechanism to deliver seamless transition, reliable impact protection, and responsiveness. Not only did Nike deliver these, they delivered these without giving up on smooth mobility.
There isn’t so much excitement in terms of support. Support on these shoes hinges primarily on the fit. If they fit you perfectly, you get all the benefits of cushioning without lacking support. Other than a heel counter being in the rear section, there just is not much to say about support in these shoes. The heel counter seems firm and sturdy right now, but I fear that might not be the case after a few wears.
Extremely solid traction when clean! The down side is you might have to clean the outsole very often as the softness of the rubber leads to easy accumulation of dust and dirt.
Not in my sneaker hall of fame, but still great quality shoes. They offer solid traction, crazy cushioning, nice materials and great fit. With the technology and materials used in the Nike Zoom KD 9, it looks like a cut-price deal at $150 when compared to other sneakers from previous years. And unlike the KD 8 that was pretty need-specific, the KD 9 looks and feels like sneakers most people would enjoy wearing. Overall, I think this would be money well spent!