Nike Basketball recently talked about China’s passion for the game of baketball, focusing on the fact that they play primarily outdoors.
With outdoor play being a focal point they unexpectedly unveiled their new upcoming models. The Nike Zoom Venomenon 5 & KD Trey 5 III were shown – which are outdoor specific – alongside the Zoom Soldier 9 & Kyrie 1 that feature XDR outsoles. XDR is standard with China releases as they all come with them. Here in the US you’d need to order a NIKEiD version of the shoe if you wanted a more durable rubber option.
As for the shoes… we’ve seen the Venomenon 5 before, but this Red version looks much nicer than any previously seen colorway. I’m not a fan of the aesthetics on the model so keeping things neutral with a tonal upper was a good choice. Then there is the KD Trey 5 III. Those are… interesting to say the least. They definitely look more comfortable than that last version, more breathable as well, but they sure do look funny. Almost like a training shoe than a hoop shoe.
No word on release dates or even if they will be available in the US this year. US residents have this way of complaining about not having outdoor options available, then when they get those options they’ve been complaining about it just isn’t good enough which means the shoe sits. If the shoe sits, then people in the US don’t really want an outdoor shoe. Yes, I know. It’s kind of crazy.
Check out the kicks below, and share your thoughts on them in the comment section. Hopefully we’ll know for sure if/ when these could hit Stateside.