Nike designer Leo Chang’s inspiration for the new KD7 Aunt Pearl shoe came from Durant’s angel tattoo. Chang brought Harris’s artistry to the shoe with a three-dimensional angel wing strap, a print of the actual tattoo on the inside of the tongue and wing-pattern detailing on both gold Swoosh logos.
“I’m so proud that my Aunt Pearl’s elegance was captured by this shoe,” said Durant. “She always taught me to hold my head high and carry myself with humble confidence. It’s fitting that’s the exact statement this shoe makes to me.”
The subtle, pearlescent white-based shoe is intended to draw attention to its sculptural quality and one-of-a-kind forefoot strap. White is also the official color of lung cancer awarenes
While honoring Aunt Pearl’s life, Durant and Chang also aspired to raise cancer awareness with the new design by adorning the heel with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund logo. Nike has been a proud supporter of the work and efforts of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for seven years.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was founded in 2007 from the vision of the organization’s namesake, Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
The KD7 Aunt Pearl shoe is available on Feb. 19 at nike.com and select retail locations globally. There is a coordinating T-shirt, hat and socks.