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Kevin Durant Shares a First Look at the Nike KD 16

Heading into this weekend the Phoenix Suns have been busy prepping for their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Beyond this, its two stars — Devin Booker and Kevin Durant — have been participating in some extracurricular work. Earlier this week, Booker launched his first collaborative shoe with Converse, outfitting the Chuck 70 in a blank canvas look. This unexpected team-up came just weeks after rumors of a Nike D Book 1 signature shoe arriving in the spring of 2024. However, he’s not the only one with an upcoming signature launch. Durant has been releasing pairs with the Swoosh for over 15 years now and has just revealed his latest entry in the series — the Nike KD 16.A sole picture of the new kicks was shared via Durant’s Instagram, revealing several key details about the shoe. First, it arrives in a low-cut form similar to its KD 15 predecessor. Its upper’s build utilizes a patterned mesh that rests beneath paneling that involves a ventilated TPU cage at the midfoot. Thick rope laces and a split midsole have been included alongside typical branding elements such as his “KD” logo at the tongue and Swooshes on each side of the heel. Three colorways have been revealed as well, spotlighting a black and purple look, red and white presentation and a flavorful dark blue, magenta and light blue composition.Look for the kicks to be made available later this year and keep an eye out for Durant to show off the shoe more throughout the NBA Playoffs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @easymoneysniperIn other exciting footwear news, Charles Barkley’s Nike Air Max CB 94 “Black/White” is scheduled to return this fall.

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Cody Yunshen and the Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 “MCA” for Hypebeast’s Sole Mates

Owning a wealth of sneakers is one thing, but caring for them is another beast altogether. Cody Yunshen — founder of Shenzhen-based shoe care brand SupBro — was compelled by this duality and has established himself in the footwear industry by generating products like waterproofing spray, cleaning wipes and luminous display boxes.As a lifelong fan of kicks, Yunshen has also always appreciated the various ways in which they are created and marketed. When thinking about the innovative minds that have made their mark on sneaker culture, he views Virgil Abloh as one of the most important figures to have carried this torch. It only makes sense that he chose to highlight one of the late designer’s creations for his Sole Mates feature, which is why he selected the ultra-rare Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 “MCA” sample.Hypebeast caught up with Yunshen to talk about the genesis of his sneaker journey, his views on Abloh’s impact on design and his entrepreneurial experiences.How did you get into sneakers?My love of sneakers spawned from the many subcultures that I tapped into growing up. In elementary school I was a fan of basketball, hip hop and BMX, so I naturally gravitated towards street style and sneakers. It’s a love that I’ve shared with my peers ever since.Do you remember what your first pair of “special” sneakers were and how you got them?When I was in high school, my mom got me my first pair of Jordans, an Air Jordan 13, for my birthday. They were ¥ 1,399 [roughly $203 USD] — which was a big deal for me considering that my family didn’t have much money. I recall admiring Michael Jordan’s game and watching the Bulls play any chance I got, so it was special for me to see him live on TV rocking the “Bred” 13s. I felt connected to him because I had the same pair of shoes he did!What about the Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 “MCA” sample speaks to you?I picked these up at SneakerCon in 2020 and was attracted to them because I heard many bloggers discussing how rare this sample pair is. I was planning to attend a Louis Vuitton or Off-White™ fashion show in hopes of getting them signed, but he unfortunately passed later that year. There’s speculation that there are only three pairs of this version in the world, one of which Abloh wore at the LV show’s curtain call.[Virgil Abloh’s] “The Ten” collection with Nike gave the sneaker community a newfound language that has spawned new trends and impacted the way we view design.Do you have any other favorite Off-White™ sneaker collaborations in your collection?The Off-White™ x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” was given to me as a gift, and that was the first time I came into contact with Virgil’s design so those have sentimental value. Since then, I’ve ramped up my sneaker collection, and have picked up pairs like the Off-White™ x Air Jordan 1 “UNC” colorway, which I also love.Why does Virgil Abloh inspire you?He transcended culture and shifted our traditional impression of sneakers thanks to his innovative concepts. I admire that he was the only black LV Men’s Artistic Director in the past century. His “The Ten” collection with Nike gave the sneaker community a newfound language that has spawned new trends and impacted the way we view design.Do you have any other coveted paris in your collection?I keep the Diamond Supply Co. x Nike SB Dunk “Yellow Diamond” in heavy rotation. Some of the other grails that I own are the Concepts x Nike SB Dunk “Yellow Lobster,” a pair of Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago” from 1994 and a breast cancer awareness-inspired Nike Air Force 1 that I recently made on Nike By You.Was working in the sneaker industry always a goal of yours?I chose to work in sneakers because it has always been a passion of mine and my past experiences working in a factory and sales would translate seamlessly. I remember watching a documentary about a townsman who opened a shoe washing shop, and because of the excellent service and word of mouth, he became a millionaire. It inspired me to work hard, especially after I became a single father.Your brand SupBro makes everything from light-emitting shoe boxes to electric shoe brushes. What products are you hoping to release in the future?In the beginning, we were just a cleaning and care company selling sneaker cleaning fluid and waterproofing spray. Later, when we tried to gradually digitize our products. Now, we’re gradually transforming the traditional sneaker care industry by improving the efficiency and quality of our products.In 2023, we will optimize the existing luminous shoebox to become a mode of human and computer interaction, which will be more intelligent and entertaining. I also hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to make a joint product with Hypebeast and give it to the most loyal readers for free.Your brand has participated in many exhibitions and offline activities around the world. What’s the main difference you’ve seen between Chinese sneaker fans and other sneaker lovers?The most obvious difference is the way that children’s parents support their love for sneakers. Chinese parents do not understand sneakers and sneaker culture as well as parents from other countries do.The sneaker crowd is getting more into high fashion and outdoor-focused sneakers nowadays. Do you see this trend shift affecting your business in any way?No matter what type of shoes you wear they need to be well protected, so what I can do is to study how to protect all kinds of shoes. It’s what I love doing and I think will continue to be reinvented thanks to the constant changes that are occurring in sneaker innovation.This issue of Sole Mates was originally posted on HYPEBEAST CN and has been adapted accordingly.

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The Nike Dunk Low “Virgil Abloh™ X Futura Laboratories” Sold for as High as $107,950 USD

The eight pairs of “Virgil Abloh™ x Futura Laboratories” Nike Dunk Low kicks were just sold at Sotheby’s with prices that far exceeded their pre-auction estimations. The highest winning big goes to a size 10 pair in the orange colorway, sold at $107,950 USD — around 5,000 times greater than the original estimated price range of $2,000 – $4,000 USD.As indicated in the results, the Orange colorway genuinely received higher bids than its Blue counterpart. Winning bids for the Blue editions ranged from $25,400 USD for the size 5, to $82,550 USD for the size 11. Meanwhile, the lowest winning bid for the Orange version amounted to $57,150 USD for a size 6 pair.All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Virgil Abloh Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Virgil Abloh Securities that is set to launch later this year. The Foundation will continue to support youths from diverse backgrounds in pursuing creative careers. On top of that, the Virgil Abloh Foundation will also be donating half of its proceeds to other charities such as the Art for Justice Fund, the Innocence, and the Boys & Girls Club of America, — all picked by Futura.Elsewhere in footwear, take a first look at the Pharrell x adidas Humanrace Samba “Lilac” sneakers.

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