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Nike KD 12 Performance Review

For Nike signature shoes, most of the players have some kind of preference, such as the reactiveness, cushion, low type, flexibility and light weight etc. But there is no rules for the design of KD series. But Kevin Durant has his requirement for his shoes, that is comfort level.
The shoebox of KD12 is simple. The big SWOOSH logo and the name of the shoes. It’s concise.

The style of KD12 is designed by KD’s favorite 90s shoes’ style. It looks concisely, but it’s also added some new ideas.

Vamp: UAD-AXIAL FLYWIRE vamp
Shoe tongue: Ultra-Plush Flyknit shoe tongue, the shoe tongue is thick and fluffy, with the shoe tag

Insole: full-length ZOOM Air Cushion+punching PHYLON insole cushion material+hexagone ZOOM Air Cushion on rear sole
Stability: it adds a big area of TPU stabilizing plate in the insole

KD12 uses new vamp design. The first layer of vamp uses artificial fiber ventilated mesh. The second layer of vamp is added the QUAD AXIAL FLYWIRE. And the third layer is the thickened lining to increase the wrapping performance.

The shoelace holes are sewn directly on the edge of vamp and shoe tongue. With the patent leather shoelaces, it’s not easy to be loose.


The shoe tongue  has the shoe tag of KD mark. It look retro.

The vamp and insole is rounded. And it adds a layer of TPU plate to increase the stability. And the white part is the insole material that extended to vamp to increase the lateral supporting stability. There is a big area of TPU surrounding the insole and outside of the shoes. Then it’s the outsole.

On the front of the vamp, except for the surrounding TPU plate and TPU stabilizing plate of insole, it also adds reinforcing design on the part of thumb.

The part of heel is seamed with KD tag.

The shoe-pad is printed with double layers of ZOOM Air Cushion.

The full-length ZOOM Air Cushion is added with groove to increase flexibility, and it cancels the insole fabric. And it also has groove design on the shoe-pad. So the feet can feel the full-length ZOOM Air Cushion directly. In the part of heel, it adds the hexagon Zoom Air between insole and outsole to increase the cushioning of heel. The configuration of insole is great.


The groove design on the air cushion is obvious. It’s to increase the flexibility when air cushion is bent. The thickness of air cushion is 8mm. Some guys may feel that the air cushion is not thick enough, maybe it’s due to the area.

But it adds a piece of hexagon Zoom Air on the heel. We can see it clearly from the transparent outsole. So we don’t need to doubt the cushion performance of KD12.

Except the thick shoe-pad, it also has the annular padding in the heel.

Brief Comment
Support to ankle
7 scores
Fit
7.5 scores
Cushion Performance
8.5 scores
Reactiveness
7.5 sccores
Traction Performance
7.5 scores
Comfort Level
8 scores

Support to ankle7 scores
Comparing with last three generations, the stability of KD12 is prominently improved. The height of shoelaces holes is also on a high position. When running, you won’t feel that the ankle is restrictive. But due to the mid-high design, the shoes can’t fit very well to the foot when making some movements.


Fit7.5 scores

The fit and stability of KD12 should be the most satisfied part. Comparing with KD11, KD12 has been improve a lot on the vamp and stability. It has new vamp structure, TPU vamp coating film, big TPU supporting plate and the extension of insole. And the thickness of KD12 insole is thinner than KD11. The stability is improved a lot.
(Mark: The thickness of KD 12 half sole is about 17.5mm and rear sole is about 22.5mm. The thickness of KD 11 half sole is about 18.5mm and rear sole is about 26.6mm)


Cushion Performance8.5 scores

KD 12 don’t have the insole fabric. It put the full-length ZOOM Air cushion directly on the shoe-pad. After taking off the shoe-pad, we can see that it adds the flexible air cushion. The insole uses Phylon cushion material. And it has a piece of hexagon ZOOM Air cushion on the heel.

As we can tread on the air cushion directly, so we can feel the full-length air cushion directly. It’s very comfortable. Some guys may feel that the air cushion is not thick enough, maybe it’s due to the area.

We can’t feel the hexagon Zoom Air obviously. But the cushion performance and comfort level is quite great. It can be compared with the great configuration of KD11.
KD 11 uses full-length React material. The cushion performance is great. But the weight and reactiveness becomes another problem.

Reactiveness7.5 scores

With the new air cushion and configuration, the weight of KD12 is lighter than KD11. With the punching Phylon insole material and great stability, the reactiveness of KD12 is not bad.

The unit weight of size US9 KD12 is about 388g. And the unit weight of size US9 KD 11 is about 435g.

Traction Performance7.5 scores

Although KD series is not famous for its traction. But the simple annular pattern also has good traction performance. The traction of this sneaker is enough.

For the wear resistance, we don’t suggest you to wear it on outer field.


Comfort Level8 scores

KD12 has soft vamp, thickened shoe tongue, full-length ZOOM Air Cushion and suitable weight. We haven’t found big defects of KD12.  It’s very comfortable.
For the size, as I used to wear thick socks, so I feel it’s more comfortable to choose half size bigger.