#ThunderUP . We won’t make it a secret … KD is our guy over here at Rap Haterz. Until recently, the masses haven’t really had an appreciation for numba’ 35’s NIKE footwear. Luckily for you guys, we’ve been on it. Here we’ll give you our Fav’ 5 KD Sneaker Moments and a couple of times when he wore em’ (and just so happened to cook people on the court at the “Samn Damn Time”) …
#5 KD I & KD II “Creamsicle”
The OKC Thunder’s colors are eye-catching (sorry Knicks fans), and it usually has a good effect when it crosses over to footwear. The KD 1 wasn’t a very memorable sneaker, but the creamsicle colorway made it so. That began a history of very “loud” sneaker colors for Durantula and also saw fit to the only other creamsicle release in the two.
#4 KD IV “NBA FINALS” PE
Set to be unleashed in Game 1 … saw ’em over at DimeMag and made a late switch in the list. How could I not put the sneaker that could possibly define the rest of his career, a clash of the NIKE Titans in going to battle against Lebron, and up for debate … title of best basketball player on planet Earth. Yes.
#3 KD IV “Galaxy” All-Star Game 2012
Besides being such an icey colorway (with glow in the dark bottoms), KD got his first all-star game MVP and some major respect for a few highlights he made …
#2 KD IV “Year of the Dragon”
Kevin didn’t actually get on the court with these, but the Year of the Dragons need some mention. Details are important folks, and the Year of the Dragon comes equipped with a dope ass box (the All-Star Game 3’s also come with a nice one). The OKC color scheme is also present and makes a point to be seen in this loud colorway.
#1 KD IV “NERF”
Ah, the legendary NERF’s. People went ape-shit when these hit the market (and saw KD’s highest grossing sneaker in terms of resale value). Designed after the infamous nerf ball, they are the wildest colorway by far. Did we also mention it comes with a miniature hoop and ball inside the box?
Release Date is June 9th. Not a fan of the Zen Grey’s this time around, but the Black/Solar Red colorway is dope. Definitely an investment if you get a pair, expect the flip to be $1,000 plus on the first day.
Forging a new form of sport craftsmanship, the Nike Air Yeezy II blends classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demands of bringing hype to a crowd of thousands.
A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the Nike Air Yeezy II. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.
Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980′s basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.
An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
The Nike Air Yeezy II in the Platinum and the Black edition will release June 9th at select global retailers in limited numbers.
RAP HATERZ SCORE * 3 Outta’ 5
Now that leads us to the idea of which rappers should have their own sneakers (of course excluding any that already have a pair) …
Name of sneaker: Trap Star Elites
Release Date: Every other time Gucci gets out of prison (estimated at twice a year)
Name of sneaker: Jimmy’s Jays
Release Date: Comes with every purchase of Degrassi seasons 1-11 (full box set)
Name of sneaker: Papers (w/ G.R.E.E.N. technology in sole)
Brand: Converse (Chuck Taylors)
Release Date: Releases when Wiz marries Amber Rose or he decides to stop smoking (whichever comes first)
Name of sneaker: Big Boys
Release Date: When Big Sean gets just a little bit taller
Name of sneaker: TRU Stories
Release Date: When 2 Chainz actually turns down a feature for once