We’re not even two months into 2015 and they’re already calling this the Year of the Signature. Never before have we seen so many colorways from so many different people from so many different brands. You have more shoes than ever dropping from the heavy hitters, even as places like Under Armour and Brandblack make their entrance.
It often feels like everyone in the NBA has their own signature shoe. It’s not true. Not by a long shot. But sometimes it feels that way.
Tomorrow, we’ll see another new colorway for the Nike Kyrie 1 dropping at Champs Sports, a shoe that calls back to his Australian heritage while also creating its own nickname (the Flytrap). The sneaker isn’t so much a hit because of the varying shades of emerald green, nor are the mango splashes going to make this one a classic. The reasons why we’re already falling in love with this Nike shoe aren’t so simple. Instead, we’re falling in love with the architectural inspiration. The logo. The player. The history. All of that.
The first silhouette in a signature line is always important. It sets the tone. It harkens to future success. It introduces a player, a theme, a storyline. It lets everyone know this is who I am, what I was, what I will be. All of the greats had first sneakers that set a tone, that changed the game.
With the release of yet another colorway for Kyrie’s first sneaker, we’re celebrating by looking back at the ingredients that made sneakers like the Air Jordan I, the Reebok Question, and the Nike Air Griffey Max 1 such trendsetters. This is Schooled: A History of the First Signature Sneaker.
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