- Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kyrie Irving said the next Kyrie 8s were “trash”.
- Irving said on his Instagram that “Nike is planning to release it without my consent” and apologized to the fans.
- Last year’s Kyrie 7 shoe was a bestseller, according to Nike CEO John Donahoe.
Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kyrie Irving is not a fan of the latest Nike shoe bearing his name, according to his verified Instagram account.
“I have nothing to do with the design or marketing of the upcoming Kyrie 8,” Irving commented on an Instagram post showing photos of the leaked shoes. “These are rubbish! I have absolutely nothing to do with them! Nike plans to release it without my consent no matter what I say, so I apologize in advance to all my sneakerheads and true supporters. “
Irving fans have expressed disappointment at the claim that Nike did not “get him involved in the design of his own signature shoe” after his previous designs were bestsellers for the retailer. Nike did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Irving signed with Nike in 2011, with the launch of the Kyrie branded footwear three years later. Since then, Nike has created six iconic shoes as part of the Irving sponsorship deal.
The highest Kyrie shoe resale auction on StockX is $ 4,000 for the Kyrie 3 Mountain Dew KARE Kit. The Kyrie 7 Expressions shoe sells for an average of $ 219 on the site.
“This quarter’s basketball launches including the LeBron 18 and Kyrie 7 have sold incredibly well,” Nike CEO John Donahoe said on a call for earnings last year. . “I am particularly delighted that both have been launched digitally.”