Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant has continued his collaboration with Nike by issuing a rose-printed men’s sneaker that commemorates his late Aunt Pearl.
Durant lost his Aunt Pearl to lung cancer more than half of his lifetime ago; the 25-year-old NBA All-Star is keeping her spirit alive through the sacred world of sneaker culture. Durant chose the sneaker’s pink floral motif because it resembles a print on his late aunt’s favorite bathrobe.
In addition to the sneakers, Durant has also designed a print-matching T-shirt and hat, as well as his ‘KD’ logo.
He said of the sneaker in a Nike-issued statement: ‘I made a promise to myself to always honor my Aunt Pearl for the example she set, and the encouragement she gave me to follow my dreams.’
The shoes and apparel will launch in February and the proceeds from the special edition shoe will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, founded in 2007 by former North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach – Kay Yow, to continue the fight against women’s cancers.