Once again helmed by Leo Chang, the KD 12 emphasises the KD lineup's balance of comfort and responsiveness, but does so by reimagining construction norms and turning the strobel — the thin woven textile between the sockliner and midsole that traditionally provides structure and support for the shape of the upper — into a dynamic performance driver by replacing it with a full-length articulated Zoom bag that's stitched directly to the upper. The result is a more dynamic Air unit and one that should provide an even better fit for the wearer: since the strobel defines the actual size of the shoe itself, there's a different Air unit for every half-size of the KD 12 — all the way from size 3.5 to Durant's own 18 — for 'the most specific Air-Sole size scale that Nike has ever undertaken'.
And the articulated Zoom strobel is just one element of the KD 12's cushioning system. A perforated Phylon midsole provides additional comfort beneath the strobel, while another double-stacked Zoom unit is embedded in the heel. Beneath that sits full-length translucent TPU that extends up the sidewall for stability, and a translucent multi-directional articulated traction outsole further highlights all of the tech in the midsole.