Nike KD VI

By Van Nostrand · Dec 9, 2014 · Updated Dec 12, 2014 ·
  1. Van Nostrand

    Shoe Name


    Nike KD VI

    Designer


    Leo Chang

    Original Release Date


    June 29, 2013 - July 18, 2014

    History


    Original NikeTalk thread.

    Kevin Durant's sixth signature shoe takes much of its design cues from fine watches1. Hexagons are seen on the outsole of the shoe which tie back to the number six. The tongue logo shows KD's number 35 and the number 6 in the negative space. A lightning bolt on the heel of the shoe ties back to KD's team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many of the colorways continue the "weather" theme that is a signature part of the KD line going back to the Weatherman colorway on the KD IV and KD's statement that he would be a TV weatherman if not a basketball player2.

    The construction of the shoe made everyone think of a soccer cleat upon first viewing. The asymmetrical lacing system was a major cause of this. Leo Chang stated that he took no inspiration from a soccer cleat, however3. The upper is constructed with hyperfuse and Flywire locking things down.

    Small details once again return on a KD shoe. The name of KD's childhood mentor Big Chucky appears on the heel area of the outsole. The phrase "Seat Pleasant's Finest" appears near the toebox on the outsole.

    The base price of the KD VI was $130, with limited colorways being marked up to $150 and the Elite model at $200. Fans have bemoaned the fact that the KD line keeps increasing in price even though KD once said that he wanted to keep his shoe line affordable. That didn't seem to stop sales of the shoe, however, as the KD VI line was undoubtedly the most successful line of the KD series to date4.

    This was the first shoe of the KD line to receive a unique box with KD branding on it. The box featured the main themes of the KD VI: watches and lightning. Each previous KD was presented in the generic orange Nike box. Many of the colorways were presented in their own unique boxes, and each of those is noted below.

    The KD VI was unveiled June 27-28, 2013 in KD's hometown of Seat Pleasant, MD. An event was held at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center with host Michael Wilbon talking to KD and Leo Chang about the shoe.

    Who Wore It

    • Kevin Durant
    • Various NBA players including Gordon Hayward, J.J. Barea, Wilson Chandler, Derek Fisher
    • Various college players from Texas, Duke, Michigan State, and Oregon.

    Product Information

    Publicly Released Colorways

    D.C. Preheat

    • Style code: 618216-400
    • Color: Gamma Blue/Dusty Grey-Flash Lime
    • Release date: June 29, 2013
    • Retail price: $150
    • Nike launch information
    • Launched in very limited numbers. Also was presented in a special box.

    Seat Pleasant

    • Style code: 599424-700
    • Color: Sonic Yellow/Midnight Navy-Tropical Teal
    • Release date: July 3, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: The colors of sonic yellow, navy and teal are colors from the Seat Pleasant Activity Center where KD played his youth basketball.

    Meteorology

    • Style code: 599424-006
    • Color: Black/Atomic Red-Medium Olive-Noble Red
    • Release date: August 3, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited General Release

    NYC 66

    • Style code: 599424-800
    • Color: Total Orange/Armory Slate-Team Orange
    • Release date: August 17, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    Bamboo

    • Style code: 599424-301
    • Color: Gamma Green/Flash Lime-Linen-Raw Umber
    • Release date: September 14, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • A very limited edition of this shoe launched with a wooden box while Durant was visiting China.
    • General Release

    Texas

    • Style code: 599424-002
    • Color: Black/Green Glow-Urban Orange
    • Release date: October 10, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    PB&J

    • Style code: 599424-801
    • Color: Laser Orange/Raspberry Red-Black-Gold
    • Release date: October 19, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited General Release

    OKC Away

    • Style code: 599424-004
    • Color: Black/Metallic Silver-Team Orange-Photo Blue
    • Release date: October 31, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    N7

    • Style code: 626368-466
    • Color: Dark Turquoise/University Red-Black
    • Release date: November 9, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release at Nike stores(including Nike outlets) and select Foot Locker stores
    • Note: The pattern on the upper is 3M. Durant wore these at home against the Dallas Mavericks on November 6, 2013.

    Maryland Blue Crab

    • Style code: 599424-400
    • Color: Dark Gamma Blue/Parachute Gold-Mine Grey-Teal Tint-Team Orange
    • Release date: November 29, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: the early official photos from Nike depicted a gold KD logo. The release version had a white logo.

    Precision Timing

    • Style code: 599424-003
    • Color: Metallic Pewter/Metallic Gold Star-Black-Arctic Green
    • Release date: December 7, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: The pattern on the upper is 3M.

    Christmas

    • Style code: 599424-601
    • Color: Light Crimson/Metallic Gold Grain-Green Glow
    • Release date: December 26, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited General Release

    Cool Grey

    • Style code: 599424-008
    • Color: Light Cool Grey/Bright Crimson/Court Purple/Green
    • Release date: December 31, 2013
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: A lot of people called these the Nerfs or the Energy because of their resemblance to the KD V Energy.

    Away II

    • Style code: 599424-010
    • Color: Black/Volt-Vivid Blue-Dark Grey
    • Release date: January 11, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: The pattern on the upper is 3M.

    BHM (Black History Month)

    • Style code: 646742-500
    • Color: Purple Venom/Metallic Gold-Purple Dynasty
    • Release date: February 1, 2014
    • Retail price: $150
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release
    • Note: The pattern on the upper is 3M.

    D.C.

    • Style code: 599424-600
    • Color: Light Crimson/Obsidian-Light Beige Chalk
    • Release date: February 6, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    Illusion (All-Star Game)

    • Style code: 647781-930
    • Color: Multi-Color/Green Glow-Black
    • Release date: February 14, 2014
    • Retail price: $150
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release
    • Note: The outsole, tongue logo, swoosh, and KD logos all glow in the dark. Came with a special box which included a tarot card.

    Home

    • Style code: 599424-009
    • Color: Pure Platinum/Night Factor-Vivid Blue-Volt
    • Release date: February 22, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: Unlike the Away II, the pattern on the upper is not 3M.

    Aunt Pearl

    • Style code: 618216-600
    • Color: Light Arctic Pink/Photo Blue-Vivid Pink
    • Release date: February 27, 2014
    • Retail price: $150
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release
    • Note: KD appeared at a House of Hoops store in Oklahoma City for an event on release day and spoke about the Aunt Pearl shoe. He wore these on the court on February 13, 2014 in Los Angeles when the Thunder defeated the Lakers.

    Liger

    • Style code: 599424-302
    • Color: Electric Green/Night Factor-Atomic Orange
    • Release date: March 1, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited General Release

    Neutral

    • Style code: 599424-007
    • Color: Anthracite/Total Orange/Team Orange
    • Release date: March 15, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: KD wore these in numerous games shortly before the public release.

    Team (Elite model)

    • Style code: 642838-400
    • Color: Orange/Atomic Mango
    • Release date: April 12, 2014
    • Retail price: $200
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: The Elite model added a full-length zoom unit and dynamic flywire. A new white box was also made for the Elite model.

    Easter

    • Style code: 599424-303
    • Color: Light Lucid Green/Atomic Mango-Lucid Green-Gorge Green-Black
    • Release date: April 18, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: Easter bunnies are seen as part of the pattern on the upper.

    Hero (Elite model)

    • Style code: 642838-300
    • Color: Tribal Green/Vivid Pink-Night Shade
    • Release date: May 9, 2014
    • Retail price: $200
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    MVP iD

    • Style code: n/a
    • Color: n/a
    • Release date: May 15, 2014
    • Retail price: $180
    • Nike launch information
    • Nike iD Release celebrating KD winning the NBA MVP award.

    Night Vision

    • Style code: 599424-093
    • Color: Black/Multi-Light Lucid Green
    • Release date: May 24, 2014
    • Retail price: $130
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release
    • Note: At first, this shoe was nicknamed as the "Brazil" because someone thought they were related to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil. Turns out that had nothing to do with this shoe.

    Gold (Elite model)

    • Style code: 642838-100
    • Color: White/Metallic Gold-Platinum Black
    • Release date: June 6, 2014
    • Retail price: $200
    • Nike launch information
    • General Release

    What the KD

    • Style code: 669809-500
    • Color: Hoop Purple/Urgent Orange-Shark
    • Release date: June 14, 2014
    • Retail price: $150
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release
    • Note: Colors used are as follows:
      • Left shoe: Liger, Aunt Pearl, swoosh from Blue Crab, gold K from BHM, D from DC, tongue logo from Illusion, tongue/medial from Bamboo, lining/insole from Meteorology, sole from Pre-heat.
      • Right shoe: Easter, Illusion, Away II, swoosh from PB&J, K from N7, D from Easter, tongue from Energy, lining from N7, insole from Christmas, sole from Illusion.

    Fragment Design x KD VI (Elite model)

    • Style code: 683250-410 (blue) and 683250-231 (chino)
    • Color: Deep Royal/Summit White-Pure Platinum and Chino/Venom Green-Summit White-Light Base Grey
    • Release date: June 19, 2014
    • Retail price: $220
    • Limited Release at 21 Mercer NikeLab

    Supremacy (Elite model)

    • Style code: 683250-474
    • Color: Photo Blue/Metallic Gold-Midnight Navy
    • Release date: July 18, 2014
    • Retail price: $220
    • Nike launch information
    • Limited Release
    • Note: These were apparently going to be used in the NBA Finals had the Thunder made it. A special blue box was made for this pair. They were surprisingly released a month after the What the KD (the expected last KD VI) and after two colorways of the KD VII had dropped.

    Unreleased Colorways (Samples, PE's)

    EYBL (Elite model)

    • Style code: 669972-900
    • Color: MLT-CLR/ATMC ORNG-VLT SHD-ATMC
    • Distributed to athletes participating in the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).

    Wanda Pratt

    Career High 54 Points

    OKC Home PE

    OKC Away PE

    OKC Away PE 2

    OKC Away PE 3

    OKC Alternate Jerseys PE

    Velvet Hoop

    Washington NFL team (Elite model)



    References:
    1. http://news.nike.com/news/the-kd-vi-kevin-durant-s-most-transformative-shoe
    2. http://news.nike.com/news/in-the-forecast-kd-vi-meteorology
    3. http://sneakernews.com/2013/06/28/n...meteorology-pricing-precision-watches-more/3/
    4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbad...on-and-durant-are-the-nbas-top-shoe-salesman/

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