Durant’s first shoe, the Nike KD1, was released in 2009 for a humble retail price of $88. Instead of going the flashy route, they gave him a high performance but well-priced basketball shoe that everyone could really get behind. The strong leather upper is adorned with the KD logo and a prominent Swoosh, and is mixed with a mesh tongue which bears his signature. A Cushlon midsole works together with forefoot Zoom Air cushioning to make the KD1 safe for balling. The outsole is covered in a herringbone tread pattern for excellent traction, and is also home to many personal details pertaining to his life. Leo Chang, the designer behind the shoe, knew that Durant wanted to pay homage to the things that helped him become a star, so he let the outsole do some storytelling. This is done in many ways, but the first is through a series of etched numbers that shout out key addresses in his life. The number “108” represents his Grandmother’s house number, “5026” was the house he struggled to grow up in, “5720” is the rec center where he learned how to play ball, and “20746” is the post office where his mother worked. Under the numbers they added the intersection of the hill he would train on daily, “L & Balsamtree,” surrounded by a pattern similar to the manhole cover at the top. Going even further, a small portion of the outsole features a geometrical grip pattern that is similar to the rafters in his old gym. Finally, the inside of the tongue has the “WP” initials of both his parents.