While the colors in this particular release don’t exactly scream Australia, the Nike Kyrie 1 is always playing off of Kyrie Irving‘s heritage. We’re talking in both life and sneakers. Cleveland’s point guard grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, but was born in Melbourne and lived there for the first two years of his life. And this particular sneaker’s colorway is one long-associated with Irving’s sneakers, back to his Nike player exclusives and the Hyperdunk 2013.
Releasing today at Champs Sports, the “Flytrap” Kyrie 1 features the patented jagged pattern on the wrapped traction along the back of the shoe, a direct callout to Australian architecture. There’s also the mango-colored logo on the tongue, that color showing up again on the inner lining and outsole. The rest of the shoe is contrasted with two different shades of emerald green, coming together to create something that’s significantly different than anything Irving has released so far.
When Kyrie’s first signature sneaker dropped, we predicted it’d be a future classic. Part of that was our respect for the player. He’s probably the NBA’s most exciting player, with handles that are out of this world. But he’s also a player who steps up in big moments, a leader we can envision winning an NBA championship as one of his team’s best players. (With Cleveland finally rolling this year, that could happen as soon as June.) And so far, every colorway has hit hard, from the “Dream” to his All-Star edition in New York City. This newest addition to the line is going to be an off-court favorite. We’re calling it. And with this sneaker, we haven’t been wrong yet.
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