Many fans were surprised by Kevin Durant’s brand new KD9 Nike shoe’s drastically increased price tag. In an interview, Durant reasons that the price change from $85-$88 to $150 is simply because he is not an $88 player anymore.

“As humbly as I can say it, I’m not an $88 player. I’m an elite player in the league,” Durant told Nice Kicks’ Nick DePaula. “I wanted everything to be affordable, but I knew we had to sacrifice some stuff. I just wanted the fans of the brand and of the shoe to just stay patient with me. And stay patient with who I am as a player, and the level I was trying to go to.”

He does not attempt to diss to Stephen Curry. Like other athletes, Durant just wants all his shoes to be technologically advanced while looking pleasing to the eyes.

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Nike KD9. Photo from Nike

“On these shoes, you get it all, and for a nice price,” continues Durant. “You get the newest innovation, you get the newest Zoom bag, and you get my story along with it. If you’re a fan of what I do in the game of basketball, this is perfect for you.”

He added, “As I evolved as a player, I knew that the shoes, in order for it to stay on the same course and trajectory [that I was headed], I might have to come up a bit on some of the stuff I said earlier. Hopefully people understand, and I think a lot of people have.”

The shoe designer Leo Chang says that he used Flyknit. This allows a person’s natural foot movements and stability without the use heavy and bulky materials.

Chang took some elements that Durant liked in KD8s and enhanced them. Apart from incorporating the latest technology, the designer says the new shoes provide more comfort than its predecessor.

The new Kevin Durant Shoes give the basketball player more flexibility and more versatility. Although he does not negatively compare the new shoes with his previous KD8s, which he pointed out made him feel like he could fly, the brand new Kevin Durant shoes just feel more personal and perfectly made for him.