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Does A Cool-Grey Colorway Make You Like Kevin Durant’s “Nerf” Nike Zoom KD IV?

Submitted by on November 15, 2011 – 10:46 amNo Comment
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I’ll be the first to admit: I am most definitely not feeling Kevin Durant’s Nike Zoom KD IV signature sneaker. After playing it relatively safe for the first few seasons, I’ll give KD credit for stepping outside of the box—a little too far outside of the box, in my opinion—when he put together the KD IVs. But that’s about as much credit as I’ll give him. The straps look like overkill to me. I hate the tongue. And the large “kd” on the back? Ugh!

That said, releasing just about any sneaker in a cool-grey colorway is usually a good idea these days. The popularity of the color alone garners a few extra looks for the sneaker. And that’s exactly what KD tried to do when he pulled out the KD IVs in a cool-grey colorway during Josh Howard‘s Celebrity All-Star Game over the weekend. Though some pictures of the sneaker existed before, it was the first time I got a really good look at it in action. And, my reaction? Ehhhh…

To be honest, I’m just not feeling the approach KD took this time around. There’s a reason very few players opt for straps these days. They end up changing the entire look of a sneaker and, when I look at them, that’s all I see. Further, this strap look has been used a few players trying to release $30 and $40 sneakers (I’m looking at you, Al Harrington!). So they’re almost guilty by association in that they look cheaper than they really are.

I wouldn’t turn down a free pair. After all, they’re doing something to help Kevin Durant’s game, right? But compared to his fellow superstars, KD’s sneaker just doesn’t look all that appealing. Let’s hope that he goes back to playing it safe next year. It might result in a “boring” sneaker. But at least it’ll be a boring sneaker that’ll actually want to buy. Even in cool grey, this sneaker just isn’t doing it for me.

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