NBA star Kyrie Irving owns one of the best basketball shoe lines of all time – and he and Nike are just getting started.
The Swoosh has produced back-to-back for the superstar baller, starting with the Kyrie 1 in late 2014, a sneaker he wore during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The follow-up, dubbed the Kyrie 2, was at the feet of the six-time All-Star goalie when he won his first NBA title with the Cavaliers alongside teammate (and fellow Nike Ambassador) LeBron James in 2016.
Along with the signature mid-top and low-cut shoes Nike delivered for Irving, the brand also released the Flytrap series, which are lower-priced sneakers bearing its name. (The brand has done similar things with its other iconic athletes such as James, who has their line of shoes ready for the Soldier court.)
Before securing a signature line of Nike shoes, Cleveland’s No.1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft laced up several looks from the brand’s famed Hyperdunk franchise.
As Irving continues to electrify himself on the court, Nike is making shoes that hooters and sneakerheads love. Below, FN traces the fascinating story behind the signature shoe of one of the best goalkeepers to ever play professional ball.
Nike Kyrie 1
The brand unveiled Irving’s first signature sneaker, the Kyrie 1, in December 2014 at an event in New York City alongside NBA stars LeBron James and Tristan Thompson and senior retirees Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway. The first colorway of the shoe designed by Leo Chang, “nicknamed” Dream “, hit stores on December 23, 2014 and the” Deceptive Red “iteration followed on January 10, 2015. The Kyrie 1 was designed with responsiveness, grip and support.in mind with the inclusions of Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot, a 360-degree traction pattern that wraps around the side of the shoes, and the brand’s Hyperfuse construction, respectively. several personal nods such as “# 2” in Irving’s handwriting on the heel and his signature on the inside of the tongue, jagged patterns on the toe and heel inspired by the Sydney Opera House in the the baller’s country of origin (Australia) and the letters “JBY” on the outsole, which stands for its motto “Just Be You”.
Nike Kyrie 2
Nike followed up on the first launch by delivering the Kyrie 2 via the NikeID (now known as Nike By You) personalization platform on December 9, 2015 and the âEffectâ colorway on December 15. The Swoosh and designer Chang outfitted the shoe with a curved midsole and outsole designed to improve lateral movement, a must-have for someone who moves on the court like Irving. The shoe also featured Zoom Air cushioning, a midfoot strap, and a dynamic traction pattern.
Nike Kyrie 3
Like Irving’s first two signature shoes, Nike shipped the Kyrie 3 in December. The shoe debuted on December 21, 2016 in the âBlack Iceâ colourway. The shoe was equipped with elements from the baller’s previous shoes, such as Zoom Air cushioning in the heel and curved outsole, as well as new features including independent traction pods in the forefoot for traction and an integrated footbed with Flywire cables for locking.
Nike Kyrie 4
Nike led the push for the Kyrie 4 with the âConfettiâ colourway, inspired by the piece of confetti Irving carried with him in the last game of the 2017 NBA Finals when his team from the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors. . Nike said it reminded Irving of “how he felt about not winning.” This shoe hit some House of Hoops locations on December 15, 2017 and had a wider release the next day. The Swoosh followed with the “Black / White” look on December 20, 2017. The look was the work of a new designer on the line, Benjamin Nethongkome, who built the shoe with a Flex Groove outsole, which was created to allow the baller to cut quickly in the field. The performance model also featured a Cushlon midsole and Zoom Air unit in the heel.
Nike Kyrie Low
Nike released the Kyrie Low on June 29, 2018, a look that isn’t all about a low top. The Swoosh gave the Kyrie Low a bottom-loading Zoom cushioning unit, which the brand claims provides a smoother experience underfoot. (The lowest was released between the Kyrie 4, which featured a top-loading Zoom damping unit) and the Kyrie 5.)
Nike Kyrie 5
Nethongkome has developed a new Venus Flytrap-inspired containment system for Kyrie 5, which was not only visually appealing but also functional, offering containment above his Air Zoom Turbo unit. The look also featured the aforementioned Air Zoom Turbo unit in the forefoot which was added to deliver responsiveness in all directions and a new traction pattern designed with stability in mind. It was released in stores in the “Blk Mgk” colorway on November 22, 2018, and released in China on December 6.
Nike Kyrie Low 2
Nike released several iterations of the second low shoe for Irving throughout 2019, including a black and white look in June, the Sandy Cheeks and Mr. Krabs from the SpongeBob Squarepants collection in August, and the Nike Air inspired look. Max Plus on November 1st. The sneaker has been constructed with Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot, a molded and flexible midfoot cage for lockdown, and a curved outsole that wraps around the sides for multi-directional traction.
Nike Kyrie 6
The Nike Kyrie 6 dropped at the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, another high-tech shoe from the Swoosh for Irving. The model featured a large articulated Air Zoom Turbo bag that was both flexible and responsive, Traction 360 grip to feel connected to the terrain, a midfoot strap for stability and plush foam for optimal cushioning and a soft feel. under the foot. Nike released the âStory of 11â warm-up collection on November 11, a line of footwear inspired by 11 cities: Beijing, Berlin, Guangzhou, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Miami, New York, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. A larger launch of the shoe in the âJet Blackâ colourway has been announced for November 22.
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