As the sunny days get a little shorter and the temperature gets a little cooler, we are accustomed to knowing that the transition from summer to fall is officially upon us. For the fellas I hoop with here in the Bay Area, those few times we were courageous enough to hoop outside will have no choice but to transition the run from outdoors to indoors. That means it might be time to upgrade the shoe game, and of course that means Nike and Kevin Durant has us covered.
From the folks at Nike Inc., KD's sixth iteration of his Swoosh-laden shoe will feature more dynamic colorways that highlight Durant's journey to the big leagues:
"With the KD VI we wanted to start a new conversation around basketball shoes. We’re driven on the technical side, but also want to have some creative fun around hidden stories matching hot color combinations.” -- Kevin Durant
Here are each of the five new colorways, I think I'll be trying to cop that Maryland Blue Crab.
KD VI Texas: Durant has fond memories of his days playing in Texas. Inspired by the state’s magnificent stars and big sky, the shoe includes a burnt orange, black and mint color palette. Launch: Oct. 10.
KD VI Peanut Butter & Jelly: Aunt Pearl would always bring a young KD his favorite childhood snack, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, when he was away from home. She would drop off the sandwiches at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center while KD was busy developing his game. His appetite for hard work continues to this day, with PB&J as an ongoing reminder. Launch: Oct. 19.
KD VI Away: The road is where teams are tested. Playing away in hostile arenas is where KD feels his game is tested and perfected. Whether it’s the front row or last row, KD wants all the fans on the road to be able to see his KD VI Away shoe with his black, orange and blue color combination. Launch: Oct. 31.
KD VI Maryland Blue Crab: The state of Maryland is well known for its crab feasts. KD is a big fan of blue crab, which is indigenous to his home state. It is still one of his favorite foods to this day. Launch: Nov. 29.
KD VI Precision Timing: Inspired by the precision craftsmanship of a wristwatch, the KD VI includes both performance and aesthetic cues tied to timing and clockwork. Whether it’s the hidden outsole detailing or radial brushed texture marks on the midsole, this special colorway accentuates details with a metallic palette. Launch: Dec. 7.
Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”