Twenty-two-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is the newest member of Nike Basketball’s signature sneaker family. Nike designer Leo Chang was tasked with the project, the guiding light of which was Irving’s tremendous speed and quickness on the court. The culmination of the design process heralded three key features: Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot for added responsiveness, 360-degree grip around the midsole, and a Hyperfuse upper for stability. The KYRIE 1 silhouette also features handwritten details including a signature on the inside of the tongue, a hit of “JBY” designating the Australia-born athlete’s “Just Be You” motto, and Kyrie Irving’s official logo embroidered prominently on the tongue.
The launch of the KYRIE 1 is being led with the flagship “Deceptive Red” colorway on January 10, while the “Dream” colorway will see earlier availability starting December 23 in the U.S. Customized editions of the KYRIE 1 are also being offered currently through NIKEiD.