First Look: Nike KD 8 “Red Floral”

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With Kevin Durant’s ninth signature sneaker getting closer and closer to its release date, the KD 8 might be looking at its last few colorway runs. The latest of those is this edition of Durantula’s eighth signature, “Red Floral.”

At first glance, this looks like it could possibly be an EXT edition of the KD 8. But that might not be the case, as the materials don’t look far from the usual performance woven construction found on the standard model. The last EXT releases of the KD line included a Vachetta Tan motif and some premium leathers. These “Red Floral” joints don’t look much like they’re anything close to that. That being said, there is one similarity. Much like the other EXT’s, this “Red Floral” pair looks like it was intended to be ready for off-court use as well as on-court performance. The last time a Durant sneaker had such a prominent presence of flower patterning was on the latest edition of the “Aunt Pearl”  inspiration on the KD 8. If the transition from the KD 7’s Aunt Pearl iteration to the KD 8’s is any indication, The “Red Floral” KD 8’s may be signalling an increase in the use of flower-based patterns in Durant’s line.

For its part, the KD 8 “Aunt Pearl” was met with some polarized reactions. Nike hasn’t spent a whole lot of time on varying colorways of the KD 8 this postseason, with Durant mostly showcasing the Elite editions. Then again, the KD line has always lagged behind in colorways behind fellow Swoosh endorses LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Other than the extravagant upper, most of the shoe’s tooling seems to have remained the same. It’s a safe bet to expect the usual full-length articulated Zoom unit and stellar herringbone traction.

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