The Kyrie 3 is designed for Irving’s agility and speed, with a focus placed on court response and traction for quick-cutting ballers.
“It’s a different lace form that allows you to keep your forefoot down and stay locked in. The team at Nike shows me pictures of me on court and my foot is at an unbelievable angle,” Kyrie said in reference to the design process. “I’m crossing over somebody and my body angle and positioning is so abnormal, even when I look at it. I’m kind of amazed, because I’m thinking, all I did was a simple cross over here, but my foot is dang near touching the ground horizontally. I want to have technology in this shoe that is fit for those moments. The shoe is lightweight, comfortable and always keeps me locked down.”
The Cleveland Cavalier point guard then went on to add: “The traction pods are unbelievable. How responsive they are on the floor. Starting and stopping and going and picking up from behind-the-back crossover, and you start and stop on a dime while your defenders shoes are still going forward. That can be the biggest difference. This game is separated by very finite moments where you have to get your shot off. My shoe speaks to that. Being able to stop on a dime and cross over and go another direction, I can’t wait for players to try it.”
In addition to adhering to Irving’s playing style, the Kyrie 3 also draws on elements of Kyrie’s personality, with “JBY” and “H+H” adorning the tongue top.
“JBY, just be you is the motto I live by every single day because I’m happy to be an individual. I celebrate it,” Irving insisted. “I think that everyone should celebrate their individuality. In our culture today, everyone is always wanting to put the other person down for trying something different, or trying something new. As for me, I want it to be celebrated. It’s a beautiful thing.”
The sneaker also features hidden references to Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth, as roman numerals VIII and XIII mimic tattoos on Kyrie’s left and right wrists, here placed on each sockliner.
Look for the black ice colorway of the Kyrie 3 ($120 USD) to release globally on December 26.
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