We all have an “Aunt Pearl” in our lives; someone that has inspired us by their strength to fight life’s daily battles. The newest Nike KD V “Aunt Pearl” release honors those who inspire us the most. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores will release a special edition “Pink and White” colorway of the KD V for $135. This year’s version, a follow up to the original KD IV, has tons of inspiration, stemming from a special tattoo that steers close to the heart of Kevin Durant. The design started with the logo that’s on the back of the tongue. There are angel wings around the initials “AP” in the shape of a round pearl. The style of the “AP” was drawn in a way that looks fluid and marbled like a pearl. The same AP graphic is then repeated on the upper as a white on white reflective print that gives the upper more texture and an element of surprise when the reflective hits the right light. Another element to the design is the use of mother of pearl shell textures as a reference to “Pearl”. The art of pearl shell inlaying has been used on everything from jewelry boxes, ancient Chinese wooden screens, to fretboards on guitars, often times to illustrate stories. These pearl shell inlays are beautiful in their color, depth and texture. This pearl inlaying inspired the graphic pattern that is on the collar lining, tongue, swoosh, and sockliner topcloth. The star pattern originated from the pattern used on the outsole design, but each part of it is a piece of mother of pearl. The shoe’s also come with a separate pair of white laces that say “Aunt Pearl” on the tips.
Pick up a pair of this special edition colorway starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd at House of Hoops by Foot Locker for $135.