Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands’ unveil in key basketball sneakers.

Courtesy of Nike

Brand: Nike

Sneaker: KD8

Signature athlete: Kevin Durant

Colorway: Suit

Story: When Kevin Durant accepted his MVP award on May 6, 2014, he garnered plenty of praise for the sincerity of his words. But his fashion made a statement too, as he wore a color-shifting suit at the podium. “I just wanted to share my story and make a statement with what I said along with what I wore,” Durant says about that day. The Leo Chang-designed KD8 "Suit" colorway brings that day to life in a shoe design based off that day’s fashion choices. The court purple/vivid, purple/bright and crimson/green strike combination became available on Aug. 14.

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Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and sneakers for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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