Kevin Durant earned his league MVP by striking like lightning, quickly and from everywhere on the court, which led to the design inspiration behind the seventh edition of his signature Nike sneaker, the KD7 ($169.99). Designer Leo Chang tapped this by blending a seamless upper and a forefoot flexible enough for a point guard, with the stability and support reserved for a power forward. Nike Zoom Air in the fore and rearfoot lends low-profile responsiveness. And the Hyperposite upper, which debuted in the KD line, is a nod to his hometown of DC-Maryland-Virginia, where Nike?s renowned Foamposites are popular.

The X marks not only the 10th edition of the Kobe signature Nike sneaker, but also a couple of significant milestones in the shooting guard?s career. The Kobe X ($199.99) bears a series of slashes on the left heel that denote the surgery Bryant had on his injured Achilles tendon in 2013. Facing his fears of battling back through rehabilitation pushed him to make a 5 a.m. jump off a high dive. That inspired the first colorway, the 5AM Flight, Blue Lagoon/Vapor Green/Black.

Nike evolved its HyperRev 2015 ($129.99) to better support the ankle, adding a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel counter to help lock down the foot. A seamless Hyperfuse upper lends ventilation and additional support, and Flywire works with the laces to add stability and lockdown. And forefoot Nike Zoom Air cushioning adds low-profile responsiveness.