When the Swoosh named Kyrie Irving one of its signature athletes, the thought process behind the decision was all about the future. At the Kyrie 1 unveiling, Irving was welcomed by past Nike signature legends Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway, while current guys like Kobe, LeBron, and KD all shared words about what it means to be a Nike athlete.
In a video at the unveiling, LeBron spoke about Irving carrying on the legacy, saying, “It’s a brotherhood here, it’s a family here at Nike, now it is time for us to lay down the path for the next guy and make the legacy continue to grow.”
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Nike athletes are built on flash and are some of the most charismatic personalities to touch the court. Irving is one of the most marketable players in the game and has done right so far in fitting in with the Swoosh fraternity. His accolades fit the criteria–3-time NBA All-Star, 2014 ASG MVP, 2012 Rookie of the Year, FIBA World Cup MVP, one of the premier ball-handlers in the league–and he’s a perfect candidate to carry the brand’s legacy into the future.
Irving’s signature sneaker line is one of the most underrated in the game. The Kyrie 1 was a success because of it’s creativity, performance, and price point. The Kyrie 2 is following the same path with a few distinctive colorways that have already released.
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Those colorways are part of what makes Kyrie’s signature line stand out. Some are loud like his game, while a few others are more personal with colors and graphics that represent his journey.
In honor of Kyrie turning 24 today, we compiled a list of Kyrie Irving’s 10 Best Sneaker Colorways. Remember, as we have done in the past, these all must have released to retail at some point. (And in men’s sizes.) No PEs. No All-Star Game or Uncle Drew-themed exclusives. [Eds. note: We all know the “Uncle Drew” Kyrie 1 would’ve taken the top spot on this list.] Just pure, readily available heat.
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