Kevin Durant’s doing pretty well as a signature athlete for Nike. He’s already on his sixth performance shoe with the Swoosh, he has his own KD clothing line, if you will, with graphic tees, hats and even jackets and sweaters. He’s reached that premium level that we see with Kobe and LeBron and continues to move along with them simultaneously. LeBron, releasing his first NSW Lifestyle shoe back in May and Kobe following suit shortly after, left the door open for KD to come up with his own. While we saw a similar look of the Kobe 8 in his lifestyle piece and the LeBron NSW taking on the Chukka design, the KD VI NSW Lifestyle doesn’t really seem to shadow any prior silhouette Nike’s put out. When the initial images of the KD VI NSW Lifestyle “Birthday” released, a lot of people thought it was a joke, that there was no way something that obscure would be released. Sure enough, the shoe dropped and sold out FAST. With the second colorway set to launch this weekend, the KD VI NSW Lifestyle “People’s Champ” is not a shoe that can really grow on you, you either love it or you hate it. So what says you? Do you love it or not?
The inspiration behind the colorway comes from the working people and the working culture. With a plaid print tongue, for a lumberjack kind of feel and indigo denim along with wheat-colored canvas and metal eyelets, it really has impressions of a premium style boot with work boot inspirations to it, while still remaining stylish. KD grew up in an area outside of D.C. where the working class was a large part of the community. Being the classy, humble man he is, this shoe embodies and pays homage to the working class KD grew up around, back home. For die hard KD fans, they’re another must cop along with those that appreciate the inspiration. I doubt you’ll find many hypebeasts trying to snag a pair, claiming they’re “ugly.” Again, a love it or hate it shoe, where do you stand?
You can cop the KD VI NSW Lifestyle “People’s Champ” October 5th when it hits Nike online as well as select retailers. The price is set at $120