Brand: Concepts x Nike

Model: Kyrie 5

Key Features: Forefoot Zoom cushioning; lockdown system with Flytrap mechanism; Zoom turbo; unique sole traction pattern; Nike, Concepts, and Kyrie Irving branding.

Release Date: December 26

Price: $130

Buy: Concepts

Editor’s Notes: Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has partnered with Massachusetts sneaker boutique Concepts for a special collaboration on his Nike Kyrie 5. Irving revealed the upcoming release on today's episode of Sneaker Shopping.

Concepts has been a major player in the sneaker and streetwear scenes dating back to 1996, well known for their standout Nike SB collaborations. In speaking on working with such an influential retailer, Kyrie had this to say: “These guys are unbelievable creatives. What I love is that Concepts has always identified specific cultural touch points and pushed things that make them their own.”

The Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 pulls inspiration from the all-seeing eye in Irving's Hamsa hand tattoo, ultimately referencing Egypt's ancient pyramids.

“I found out the mortar used remains a mystery to scientists — they still can't figure how it stuck together, but it's some of the strongest stuff ever made. I learned that the limestone glowing in the sun made the pyramids glow brighter than a diamond. And one thing that really got me: there was a 20-ton door on one of the pyramids that was so precise, you can’t squeeze a credit card through the seams — but it can be opened with one hand,” Kyrie says.

The sneaker then incorporates these elements in both color and modeling, providing the silhouette with a new dimension, particularly with the Flytrap lacing. The Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 "Ikhet" is scheduled to release on December 26.

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