Kyrie Irving’s Sneaker History

  • Air Jordan 12
    LeBron Soldier II / Air Jordan XII

    St. Patrick’s

    Irving’s hoops career started in New Jersey, one of the nation’s hotbeds for high school hoops. After his sophomore year, Irving transferred from Montclair Kimberley Academy to St. Patrick’s (now known as the Patrick School) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Over his final two seasons of high school ball, he averaged 24 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, which brought Coach K and Duke to the suburbs of the Garden State. While tearing up the prep scene, Irving busted out fresh white-on-white pairs of the LeBron Solder II and the Air Jordan XII.

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    Air Jordan 2010

    Jordan Brand Classic

    Following his impressive senior season at St. Pat’s and commitment to Duke, Irving kept the momentum going at the Jordan Brand Classic by taking home MVP honors with a 22-point, 7-assist, 4-rebound performance against the top high school players in the country. On his feet during the game were the Air Jordan 2010, which was the 25th signature Jordan sneaker and was worn primarily by Dwyane Wade during the 2010 season. The shoe featured a window on the side made of thermoplastic urethane that was supposed to symbolize Jordan seeing right through the other team’s players on the court.

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  • Kyrie Irving Duke Nike LeBron Soldier 4

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    LeBron Soldier IV

    Duke

    Kyrie’s lone regular season at Duke was cut short after he suffered a toe injury in the ninth game of the season that sidelined him until the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Wearing a PE pair of LeBron Soldier IVs, Kyrie solidified his spot as the top pick in the upcoming draft in the Sweet 16 when he lit up Arizona for 28 points and three assists. Duke ended up dropping the game but the night was a huge win for Kyrie individually.

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  • Kyrie Irving Nike Hyperdunk 2011 PE

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    2011 Hyperdunk

    2012 Rising Stars Challenge

    Since his rookie year, Kyrie has been a mainstay at All-Star Weekend and took home the ‘12 Rising Stars Challenge MVP while wearing a clean pair of 2011 PE Hyperdunks. Irving shot a perfect 8-8 from 3-point land and finished with 34 points to lead his team to victory in Orlando.

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  • Kyrie Irving 3-Point Contest Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE

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    2012 Hyperdunk

    2013 NBA All-Star Weekend

    In his second year in the league, Irving continued his onslaught at All-Star Weekend. After crossing the shoes off of Brandon Knight in one pair of Hyperdunks on Friday night, Kyrie broke out another pair of Hyperdunks on Saturday night to win the 2013 3-Point Contest. THEN, he broke out another pair for the big game on Sunday night.

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  • Nike HyperRev NBA All-Star Game PE Kyrie Irving

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    HyperRev

    2014 All-Star Game

    For the 2013-14 season, Kyrie switched things up and changed from the Hyperdunk to the HyperRev, which acted as his unofficial signature sneaker. At the 2014 All-Star Game, Irving added another milestone to his All-Star Weekend resume when he took home the 2014 MVP award in New Orleans. Against the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Carmelo Anthony, Irving proved he was the cream of the crop with 31 points and 14 assists and did so in a sick pair of HyperRevs which were so hot they should’ve been a part of Nike’s NOLA Gumbo League collection. Instead, they’ll probably never be released.

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  • Kyrie Irving Nike Hyperdunk 2014 FIBA

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    2014 Hyperdunk

    FIBA

    Over the summer, Kyrie proved that he can turn it on when the games count during the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Cup. Leading a team full of the NBA’s future, Irving played floor general and led the team to a gold medal after dropping 26 points and four dimes in a 129-92 win over Serbia in the final. Irving ditched the HyperRev for the old faithful Hyperdunk, opting for a clean USA-inspired colorway.

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  • Nike Kyrie 1

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    Kyrie 1

    55-point game

    Kyrie’s first signature look got its first signature moment when the point guard dropped a career-high 55 points against the Blazers in January. With LeBron sidelined due to injury, Irving hit a ridiculous 11 3-pointers to lead the team to victory. The performance was exactly what the Kyrie I needed and if he continues to string together games like that, we will surely start to see themed PEs release.

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  • Nike Kyrie 1

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    2015 NBA All-Star Game

    Irving was quiet in this year’s game in New York City, but his kicks certainly weren’t. They took inspiration from the City Hall Subway Station in the Big Apple, first constructed in 1904. If there is any player that has a game resembling a moving subway train, it’s Kyrie’s.

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  • Air Jordan 12 "Rising Sun"
  • Kyrie Irving Duke Nike LeBron Soldier 4
  • Kyrie Irving Nike Hyperdunk 2011 PE
  • Kyrie Irving 3-Point Contest Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE
  • Nike HyperRev NBA All-Star Game PE Kyrie Irving
  • Kyrie Irving Nike Hyperdunk 2014 FIBA
  • Nike Kyrie 1 "55-Point Game"
  • Nike Kyrie 1 "All-Star" PE

As long-time stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant continue to churn out popular signature sneakers, it’s never too early to look ahead into the future of Nike footwear. With LeBron and Kobe both into double-digit signature designs, and Durant’s line already in its seventh incarnation, Nike is starting to focus its resources towards the game’s next big sneaker star: Kyrie Irving.

The Kyrie 1, which dropped right before Christmas and has the “Flytrap” colorway releasing on Thursday at Champs Sports, has been well-received for both its style and play on the court. Of course, the fact that Irving is making a case for best point guard in the league night in and night out on the most high-profile team in the league certainly helps bring more eyes and attention to both him and his kicks.

On Thursday, Nike will unleash the next look in the Kyrie 1 line with the “Flytrap” colorway. Similar to the Venus Flytrap, Kyrie will fool defenders on the court into thinking they have him beat and then, without warning, will have his opponent on skates as he gets to the hoop and finishes with a flair and creativity unmatched by any other guard in the league.

The Kyrie 1 isn’t the first time he has turned heads with his footwear, however. Raised in West Orange, New Jersey, Irving started flashing his extensive collection as a teenager. While the sneaker world gets excited for the future of the Kyrie line, here’s a look at some of the more important sneakers he wore that brought him to this point. This is Kyrie Irving’s Sneaker History.

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