Enjoy a summer full of shooting hoops, basketball camps and sporty pursuits wearing the latest basketball shoes from Nike. Learn more about the shoe technology that helps improve your court game, and the NBA superstars who lent their names and creative input into making these signature Nike basketball shoes.
When Kevin Durant announced that he’s changing jerseys from playoff contender Oklahoma City Thunder to title favourite Golden State Warriors, basketball fans didn’t take the news too well. But the hostile reactions didn’t ruffle this tall and versatile forward. At a towering 6’9”, Durant scores an average of 25 points per game, moves with great speed and has killer fade away moves. The KD 9 Elite line offers this agility and cutting-edge cushioning thanks to the locked down cage support and visible Zoom Air. The combination of Flyknit upper and neoprene high collar cradles the foot and helps players to be more dynamic on the court.
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is professionally retired, but his basketball legacy lives on in our memory and – in the case of his latest AD NXT – in fans’ shoe closets too. True to the Mamba Mentality, Bryant loves innovation, and it shows in his shoes too. Unlike the previous Kobe Nike basketball shoes, NXT has a unique lock system that hides the laces and provides a secure fit without the pressure. It comes with a sturdy ankle support, Flyknit upper, and secret Kobe codes in the design.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is now best remembered for hitting that dagger three-point shot that broke the hearts of the Golden State Warriors in last year’s NBA finals. In 2014, Nike launched his first shoe that was designed for deceptive speed and streamlined with the “KI” logo. The same features go into the third Kyrie, but this time with a more aggressive grip. Product manager Tony Grosso said they wanted a shoe that allows Irving to do whatever on the court, so they incorporated traction up the sidewall and curved forefoot for better court feel. This Kyrie 3 in white and teal speckles has a Flywire forefoot lockdown and superb Zoom Air cushioning.
Hailed as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan has revolutionised basketball and made it a global sport. His grace and power won him six NBA championships and six MVP titles. He has become a cultural figure and sports style icon, so it’s no surprise why sneakerheads want a piece of this legend. The Super.Fly 5 PO gets a retro Chicago Bulls treatment in red, black and white, but with an updated mid-foot strap and webbed lacing for a stable lockdown. The Zoom Air unit gives a lightweight lift-off for that Jumpman feeling every time.
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