In the early summer of 2018, NIKE released the <Art Of A Champion> championship theme series, also there are total of 16 pairs in this summer ,which represents the 16 playoff victories , including the 1990s styles such as the AJ1 and 14 and CONVERSE STAR PLAYER.
The KD4 <Thunderstruck> is the 13th pair of this series, that is in order to commemorate Durant’s performance in the Thunder in the 2012 playoffs,Kevin Durant led an up-start Oklahoma City Thunder Squad over three of the Titans of the Western Conference – the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the San Antonio Spurs. Before that year, the Spurs, Mavs, and the Lake Show represented the West in 13-straight NBA Finals, until KD, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden put an end to that unprecedented streak. In the series-clinching sixth game of those WCF against the Spurs, KD put the team on his back, scoring 34 points and pulling down 14 boards to help the Thunder close the gap on an 18-point halftime deficit for the victory.
Of course, in the shoes season, this is the first time engraved for the series of KD after of 6 years.
As the Champion Series sneakers, the KD4 series uses a special black gold shoe boxes, and comes with a golden paper commemorative card. The KD4 used a large area of Hyperfuse uppers, which can be said to be representative of the era of plastic shoes.
For the ventalition :it is nice ,maybe this kind of Hyperfuse material of upper,and the most iconic Adaptive Fit straps run through the entire instep which more lockdown the feet.
Some key details featured on this KD4 are : the NBA Finals logo printed on the insole, a Larry O’Brien Trophy hang tag, a “16” logo on the inside of the tongue, and “Big Chucky” carved into the midsole – representative of KD’s first ever basketball coach.
For the cushioning: KD 4 used the zoom unit again in returning .Compare with the previous 3 models, seem it will not noticeable much for the cushioning .For me , it is will be a thinner .Maybe Nike need to update in next time . Because of the customer may want to consider before making a purchase on one of the regular retail versions.
As one of Art Of A Champion series , there are a lot of details showed the theme.A “16” logo on the inside of the tongue,
We still can see the details as below :
Left one have the word :the association, the right one have the 16 slash, ,there are a lot of details showed the Durant’s signature shoe.
The number 35 on the tongue of Durant used the Thunder design at the time, while hiding the number 4 in the middle to symbolize the fourth generation of shoes.
Outsole showed lightning-based , the inside of the hidden number 4, then the heart-shaped pattern at the top of the toe and Barbara letters represent the grandmother of Durant . Another Toney Man refers to Durant ‘s older brother. Durant’s personal signature was printed between the left and right soles.The word “Big Chucky” was printed on the outsole to the heel in honor of KD’s first basketball coach.
Durant’s life maxims WORK HARD and STAY FOCUSED appear on the foot arches. The letters of the midsole symbolize his own birthplace.
For the traction :you will need to remain either on a perfectly clean floor (awesome traction) or on a rough outdoor surface. Dusty courts you find a ton of slipping due to the rubber compound used on the outsole.
Here the more performance details as the Gif picture
For all the score ,we just test 68 score in the last .
overall, for this returning , it is great and the performance is nice , though the material is a little stiff, the the supporting just so so , but the zoom air unit is perfect ,the traction also nice .