We definitely liked the KD11. But while most Nike shoes keep the same basic midsole for two years, the KD12 sees a major departure only 10 months after the previous model. It’s a definite upgrade.
This might actually be best KD, yet. It’s a much more dynamic shoe, likely due to weight distribution. While the KD11 was bottom-heavy, the 12 is almost certainly heavier, but more balanced. The 12 also ditches the React foam in favor of Zoom Air that sits directly below the insole. You pop that out and there’s the Zoom bag (it also features a secondary Zoom unit in the heel underneath that one). Honestly, it feels amazing. You’re right on top of the primary cushioning and it’s super comfortable and responsive.
Even though you’re ostensibly standing right on an air bubble, the shoe manages to be very stable. That’s thanks to the new upper, which utilizes basically a crosshatching of Flywire along the entire foot. Combined with the mid-cut, you feel super locked in.
The Nike KD12 is a little heavy, but is an otherwise fantastic performer. Here’s hoping Kevin Durant keeps pushing shoe technology boundaries.