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The History Of The KD 12

The Nike KD 12 was released in 2019. For years Nike studied the game and body of Kevin Durant closely to come up with the perfect shoe for the unique Forward. The 12 continued to push the KD line into new and exciting places.


The Nike KD 12 featured new construction methods that pushed the comfort and function of sneakers. The 12 was different than what came before from Nike and KD. The shoe had a higher cut than past shoes in the series. There was a Flyknit exterior shell. The upper had transparent layers that highlighted the inner workings of the sneaker. Durant preferred a “worn in” feel when it came to his kicks. The Flyknit material and padded tongue gave Durant his ideal fit. Durant, and the designer of the 12, Leo Chang, were both inspired by the 1990s. The KD 12 took inspiration from the great Nike Basketball shoes of the decade.

 Nike KD 12


In 2016, Durant made the biggest decision of his career. When KD decided to join the Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016 the sports world went mad. Many were excited to see the all-star join the powerhouse team. Many others were critical of the decision. The Warriors already won a title before KD joined, and the Golden State squad that he joined, just eliminated KD and his OKC team from the playoffs just a few months prior.

Despite the criticism, KD’s time in Golden State was stellar. He would lead the Golden State Warriors to back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. He also won Finals MVP in both Championship runs. KD only spent three seasons in Golden State, but those three seasons are arguably the best of his career.

 Nike KD 12

Moving On

KD would next join the Brooklyn Nets. Despite having a strong roster around him, KD was not able to achieve playoff success with Brooklyn. He would play for Brooklyn from 2019-2023. In 2023, KD would be traded to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have been close to winning a championship the last few seasons. It is believed by many in the basketball world that Durant is the missing piece for the Suns. Can KD lead the Phoenix Suns to a championship and earn himself a third ring?


- Adam C. Better