Last Summer Kevin Durant revealed a never-before-seen version of his KD 8 signature shoe that featured an angelic graphic in an ivory/grey colorway and a bright crimson outsole. We learned that the shoes were completely scrapped and were made just for Kevin Durant, but turns out there’s a bit more to the story. During the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in Toronto, Sneaker News learned why this great KD 8 release was shelved thanks to some insight from Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang. The shoes, dubbed the “Servant” colorway as a nod to Kevin Durant’s devotion to Christ, was deemed “too religious” by Nike as it featured angels as well as biblical references on the tongue as well as the insoles. This is somewhat of a contradiction, given Nike Basketball’s continuing Christmas and Easter traditions. Leo happened to have a pair on his feet, so it appears that pairs were made for friends and family, but never beyond that. Recap KD’s Instagram pics below and let us know if you think Nike should’ve released these.
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