Harder, better, faster, stronger: The KD VI
What do basketball and bamboo have in common? One badass pair of kicks.
The KD VI sneaker, which was originally launched during Kevin Durant's summer basketball tour in Shanghai, is now being re-released Sep. 14 in a colorway inspired by the plant and all it represents: harmony, balance and perseverance. The electric green and bronze upper mimics each stage of the bamboo's growth, and is printed with a subtle graphic pattern that spreads to the outsole. Even the outsole's KD logo imitates the Chinese character for bamboo, according to Dime Magazine. Pick up a pair of the stylish sneaks at Jimmy Jazz stores or online for $130.
There's actually a reason the creative team at Nike decided to focus on bamboo for this sneaker. For centuries, it has held an important meaning for Asian cultures - in fact, some even believe that humanity was born out of a bamboo stem. It's hard to find a more tenacious tree: Some can withstand near freezing temperatures, while others can grow to an impressive 100 feet. Once a bamboo grove has been planted, it's almost impossible to get rid of it without unrooting its entire network from the soil. Any leaves that are left in the dirt will photosynthesize and continue to spread, allowing the plant to thrive.
Covered in this grass, your feet are agile, resilient and capable of anything. So what will you achieve?