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The inspiration for the new KD8 colorway came from his MVP suit. 

By Tim Newcomb
August 18, 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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