While Jason Kidd was in Beijing helping Team USA bring home the Gold Medal, basketball wasn’t the only thing on his mind. Kidd had apparently been working up something which he himself could benefit from while in China. In a move that shocked the sneaker community Kidd ended his contract with Nike and signed an endorsement deal with Chinese athletic footwear and apparel company Peak, making him the second NBA athlete to ink a deal with the company, Shane Battier being the first of the now handful of athletes sponsored by Peak.
Luckily before this happened Nike was able to get a lot of Kidd’s old signature sneakers off the production line with his signature logos included and into the hands of consumers. After that though things had to change. While Kidd can’t, nor wanted to take his sneakers with him, he does own the rights to his branding. Therefore Nike dropped Kidd’s signature logos from future releases and renamed the shoes, such as the Nike Zoom Uptempo V shown here which use to be the Zoom Flight V. Regardless of who sponsor’s Jason Kidd or what Nike decides to call the sneakers we’ll always know them as the Jason Kidd’s no matter what.
The last pair we showed you was back in January, a model which consists of White/Orange Blaze. Some of you had made comments through the social sites about how you’re defiantly glad to see the sneakers return but just can’t get down with such a bright colorway. We felt ya on that one too. However there’s a new version floating around now, a Premium release no less which consists of a Black leather base, a White sidewall and Gold accents which appear more like a Copper color. The White is just a tad bit to loud for me on the Black base but then again not to many other color’s would really work unless you went all Black with the Gold.
We aren’t quite sure if they’ll be releasing stateside but they have started to arrive at Japanese retailers like Washinsp.