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Here Are The Top 10 Best Nike KD 4's Of All Time

Top 10 Nike KD 4s
Top 10 Nike KD 4s

The Nike KD 4 stands as a hallmark in basketball footwear, showcasing a blend of innovative technology, bold design, and storytelling depth. Designed by Leo Chang, the KD 4 was released during the 2011-2012 NBA season and quickly became one of the most iconic basketball shoes of all time. Its Hyperfuse construction, Adaptive Fit system, and striking colorways make the KD 4 an instant classic. Each colorway tells a unique story, reflecting Kevin Durant's personal life, achievements, and the cultural moments of the time. Follow along as we go over the Top 10 Nike KD 4's, highlighting their design, significance, and more.

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Top 10 Nike KD 4's

10. Nike KD 4 Gold Medal

Released in September 2012, the Nike KD 4 Gold Medal commemorates Team USA's victory in the 2012 Olympics. Metallic Gold covers most of the upper, finished with red and blue accents, tying in USA's colors with the Olympic Gold. Paint splatter detailing on the midsole and a translucent outsole complete the look for this historic pair of KD 4s, representing Kevin Durant's first gold medal.

Color: Metallic Gold/University Red-Obsidian-White
Style Code: 473679-702
Release Date: 09/29/2012
Price: $95
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9. Nike KD 4 Christmas

The Nike KD 4 Christmas, initially released in December 2011, draws inspiration from a classic cookie-cutter commonly used to make Santa treats during his house visits. A metallic bronze upper is accented by black hits throughout. This festive KD 4 colorway captures the spirit of the holiday season, combining performance technology with a celebratory design.

Color: Metallic Copper/Black-Challenge Red
Style Code: 473679-700 (OG); FZ5913-800 (retro)
Release Date: 12/24/2011 (OG); Holiday 2024 (retro)
Price: $95 (OG); $130 (retro)
Nike KD 4 X-Mas
Nike KD 4 X-Mas

8. Nike KD 4 Year of the Dragon 2.0

Following the original's success, Nike released a new iteration of the KD 4 YOTD to celebrate the 2024 Chinese New Year. Dubbed the Nike KD 4 Year of the Dragon 2.0, this pair offers a fresh take on the theme with a khaki-based color palette. Details include a wood-grain pattern on the forefoot strap, an elevated dragon design wrapping around the back heel, a custom charm hangtag for good luck, and a gold sneaker bag for easy transport from home to the courts.

Color: Khaki/Noble Red-Sesame-Cacao Wow-Gum Yellow
Style Code: FJ4189-200
Release Date: 02/07/2024
Price: $150
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Nike KD 4 Year of the Dragon 2.0

7. Nike KD 4 Black History Month

The Nike KD 4 Black History Month edition honors African American culture and history. Released in February 2012, this KD 4 came in a midnight fog and black colorway with a unique, multi-color graphic design. The intricate design and patterns on the forefoot strap, lining, and portions of the sole pay tribute to the rich heritage and contributions of the African American community.

Color: Midnight Fog/Black
Style Code: 530960-001
Release Date: 02/11/2012
Price: $95
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Nike KD 4 BHM

6. Nike KD 4 Year of the Dragon

Nike released the KD 4 Year of the Dragon in January 2012 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Coming in a green abyss, dark mango, and current blue colorway, this KD 4 features a greenish blue upper with orange accents, symbolizing the harmony between water and fire. The intricate design details on the tongue, forefoot strap, and lining pay homage to the Year of the Dragon, finished off by a scale-like graphic on the sole.

Color: Green Abyss/Dark Mango-Current Blue
Style Code: 473679-300
Release Date: 02/03/2012
Price: $95
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5. Nike KD 4 Scoring Title

Commemorating Kevin Durant's third consecutive NBA scoring title, the Nike KD 4 Scoring Title features a unique blend of tour yellow, lemon twist, and photo blue. Unique graphics cap off the yellow and blue design throughout. This design includes 30.1, 27.7, and 28 on the tongue, representing KD's three-year PPG averages that led the NBA. A geometric pattern is found on the forefoot strap, the toe, lining, heel, and midsole portions: Zoom Air cushioning and a full translucent outsole for traction top off this KD 4.

Color: Tour Yellow/Lemon Twist-Photo Blue
Style Code: 473679-703
Release Date: 07/21/2012
Price: $95
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4. Nike KD 4 Aunt Pearl

Dedicated to Kevin Durant's late Aunt Pearl, who died from lung cancer, this pink floral colorway is a tribute to her memory and influence on Durant's life. The Nike KD 4 Aunt Pearl sports a pink-based upper, accented by pearl detailing on the tongue and wrapping around the heel. Kay Yow's Pink Ribbon on the tongue represents Breast Cancer Awareness, while "In Memory of Aunt Pearl, who inspired us all to continue to fight for a cure" is inscribed inside the forefoot strap. Initially released in May 2012, the upcoming Nike KD 4 Aunt Pearl retro for the Holiday 2024 season instantly became one of the year's most sought-after releases.

Color: Pinkfire II/Black-Metallic Silver
Style Code: 473679-601 (OG); HF9098-600 (retro)
Release Date: 05/12/2012 (OG); Holiday 2024 (retro)
Price: $95 (OG); $130 (retro)
Nike KD 4 Aunt Pearl
Nike KD 4 Aunt Pearl

3. Nike KD 4 Weatherman

The Nike KD 4 Weatherman, inspired by Durant's fascination with meteorology, was made to pay homage to the career KD would've liked to have had he not become a professional basketball player. Coming in a lush green, volt, black, and team orange colorway, this KD 4 features a green upper with thermo-mapping patterns resembling Doppler radar. Released in December 2011, its upcoming retro set for May 2024 is one of the year's most sought-after releases. The Nike KD 4 Weatherman stands out for its unique concept and the innovative approach of Nike's design team, blending the personal interests of athletes with high-performance footwear.

Color: Lush Green/Volt-Black-Team Orange
Style Code: 473679-303 (OG); FN6247-300 (retro)
Release Date: 12/10/2011 (OG); 05/02/2024 (retro)
Price: $95 (OG); $130 (retro)
Nike KD 4 Weatherman
Nike KD 4 Weatherman

2. Nike KD 4 Galaxy

As part of Nike's lineup for the 2012 NBA All-Star festivities, the KD 4 Galaxy was one of the standout pairs in what is arguably the best footwear collection ever. A theme inspired from Out of this World, the KD 4 Galaxy sports a silver-based upper with orange accents. A unique KD astronaut patch adorns the tongue, a galaxy print graphic on the lining, and a constellation-like graphic on the black matte midsole tie the galaxy theme together. Throw on a full glow-in-the-dark outsole, and you have another banger. Initially released in February 2012, Nike brought the KD 4 Galaxy back in February 2024 to commemorate its 10th Anniversary.

Color: Metallic Silver-Total Orange-Dark Grey-Black-Green Glow
Style Code: 520814-001 (OG); FD2635-001 (retro)
Release Date: 02/24/2012 (OG); 02/15/2024 (retro)
Price: $95 ; $130 (retro)
Nike KD 4 Galaxy
Nike KD 4 Galaxy

1. Nike KD 4 Nerf

A nod to the playful side of basketball, the Nike KD 4 Nerf features a colorful design reminiscent of the Nerf toys from the '90s. This KD 4 colorway is not just a shoe; it's a piece of nostalgia, combining bright colors with Nerf branding on the tongue, multi-colored lining, and a paint-splattered midsole. Its limited release in December 2011 came with special packaging, including a toy hoop and ball. Set to retro in Fall 2024, the Nike KD 4 Nerf is already on the radar for most sneakerheads well before its release date.

Color: Concord/Bright Crimson-Black-Cool Grey-Green Strike
Style Code: 517408-400 (OG); FQ8180-400 (retro)
Release Date: 12/17/2011 (OG); Fall 2024 (retro)
Price: $125 (OG); $150 (retro)
Nike KD 4 Nerf
Nike KD 4 Nerf

Each of these Nike KD 4 colorways not only represents a chapter in Kevin Durant's basketball journey but also showcases the innovative spirit of Nike's design and technology. From personal tributes to cultural celebrations, the KD 4 collection remains a testament to the enduring legacy of one of basketball's most versatile players. To stay up to date on the Nike KD 4, download the Sole Retriever mobile app for the latest releases, raffles, news, and more in the world of sneakers and streetwear.


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