They faced each other in the NBA Finals this past June, and only one could come out on top. Chalk it up to experience, but LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates were able to edge out his counterpart, Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that being said, it’s safe to say that the better player and team won. While those two guys being compared as players might be a tall task, comparing their on-court footwear isn’t as strenuous. Check it out as we take a look at their signature shoes and crown a sneaker champ in a head-to-head matchup between the Nike LeBron X and the Nike KD V.
Kevin Durant has only been in the league and the signature sneaker game for five years, but in that short time, he’s made waves in both realms. Right now he’s considered one of, if not, the best players in the game, and the shoes on his feet are also in that upper echelon. This time around, Nike has implemented a triple-layer Hyperfuse covering into the KD V for a lightweight and snug-fitting upper. For comfort, the shoe is equipped with a Max Air unit in the heel of the midsole, making this a basketball player’s dream.
From a style standpoint, the simplicity of the KD V lends itself well to both reserved and eye-catching colorways. Being that it’s a high-top sneaker, it’s better suited to either be worn on the court or with pants, as opposed to casually with shorts.
LeBron James is a little bit more of a veteran in the game, and his latest sneaker shows that the folks on his shoe design team are definitely not rookies. Where the LeBron IX had a 180 Max Air Unit, the LeBron X ups the ante with a full-length air pocket for maximum comfort and responsiveness from front to back. Across the upper, you’ll find Hyperfuse vents with Flywire cables underneath to hold things down.
Stylistically, LeBron’s shoe is a basketball shoe that really looks like basketball shoe, so it’ll be hard for you to pull it off if you’re not adorned in basketball gear.
Although LeBron may be the king on the court, when it comes to footwear, we give the KD V the edge, coming through in the clutch for the hardwood, while being a viable option for your off-the-court endeavors. Its sleek and simple design is versatile, doing a lot with the built-in technology, but staying modest enough to make a quiet fashion statement.
Whichever signature sneaker suits you, Finish Line has both options in various colorways for you to mix and match with your apparel on and off the court.