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From Rucker to Retail: Nike KD16 ‘NY vs. NY’ Is Available Now

Last Updated: July 27, 2023

Buy a pair of ‘NY vs. NY’ KD16s here!

Fresh off the heels of a lifetime deal with the Swoosh, Kevin Durant’s 16th signature arrives at retail, celebrating summer hoops in the Mecca.

All across New York’s legendary asphalt, basketball’s best young hoopers have been going at it in Nike’s storied NY vs. NY tournament.

From Rucker to Dyckman, West 4th to Watson, the temperature rises for each athlete looking to take their team to glory and own official bragging rights as the best baller in the Boroughs. It’s an energy that peaks in the hottest months in the Mecca, and one that transcends stages and states.

Back on April 25, 2023, that same sentiment spanned timezones when Kevin Durant debuted the Nike KD16 “NY vs. NY” sneaker in an elimination game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Miles away from the caged courts of NYC, the symbolic signature shoes turned the Footprint Center into the park.

Durant absolutely balled out in his unreleased sneakers to the tune of 31 points, six boards, and five dimes. With the world watching, he sent the competition home and had fans buzzing.

While the Suns’ next opponent was quickly apparent, hoopers and sneakerheads had to wait months for more information on the ruby-red shoes that Durant showcased. By early July, Nike seeded pairs to the top players on the NY vs. NY circuit.

Starting July 27, the “NY vs NY” Nike KD16 can finally be yours.

The same sneakers KD wore in the playoffs and New York’s top talent wore in summer runs are arriving at retail. Not only is the colorway a major moment for the spirit of summer hoops, it’s also the first formal rollout for Kevin Durant’s newest signature shoe.

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In cut and composition, the Nike KD16 picks up where its predecessor left off. A multi-layer mesh upper hugs the foot for a broken-in feel fresh out of the box, resting right below the ankle for total freedom of motion.

Bottom-loaded Zoom Air provides pop for the game’s most efficient scorer and fans alike, updating the soft set-up of the KD15 for cushioned comfort with an even snappier response.

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Releasing on the heels of Durant signing a lifetime contract with Nike, the KD16 is the latest chapter in a storied series set to launch new styles and revive retros.

Keep it locked to Boardroom for all things Nike x KD as the 2023-24 NBA season approaches.

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Ian Stonebrook
Ian Stonebrook
Ian Stonebrook is a Staff Writer covering culture, sports, and fashion for Boardroom. Prior to signing on, Ian spent a decade at Nice Kicks as a writer and editor. Over the course of his career, he's been published by the likes of Complex, Jordan Brand, GOAT, Cali BBQ Media, SoleSavy, and 19Nine. Ian spends all his free time hooping and he's heard on multiple occasions that Drake and Nas have read his work, so that's pretty tight.