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Nike Air Zoom Kd 9 (Pre-Heat)

Date: June 20 2016

By: Rob Marfell

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UPDATE: The newest iteration in Kevin Durant's signature range is almost here! Our scientific analysis of the shoe revealed it to be the best performing of all the sneakers worn in Western Conference Finals, and these new pictures have it looking just as good off the court. We've also got an official name for the shoe – the 'Pre-heat' – which is a lot more engaging than 'Grey' as it was previously named. The Nike KD 9 will be released on June 20 from all good Nike accounts.

If you've been following this year's NBA Playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder pummelling the Golden State Warriors in game three of the Western Conference Finals might have come as a surprise. However for sneaker lovers, the most newsworthy aspect of that game was Kevin Durant wearing his brand new Nike KD9 – months before their originally scheduled release at the Rio Olympics. The first images of the shoe in 'Black/Red' emerged earlier this year – along with details on its four year long gestation period. However, the shoe that Durant debuted on court was a previously unseen smooth grey colour way.

This KD9's upper merges tonal variations of grey across its Flyknit weave and structural supports, while the Swoosh is a metallic silver. An Infrared-style hue gleams beneath from the translucent, full-length Air Zoom sole unit.

The Nike KD9 in grey will be available from Nike online from June 20.

Originally published on May 25, 2016

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