When Nike first introduced the Kyrie 1 for Kyrie Irving in December of 2014, it was a declarative moment for the player. It grouped him with the legion of greats he grew up admiring and imagining himself as on the court–names like Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant. It was a decorated accomplishment that Kyrie didn’t take lightly, and he approached it with the utmost humility. Irving’s mentor LeBron James also knows a thing or two about having a signature shoe and the pressure that comes with it. Irving, to his credit, already understands that.
During the playoffs this past season, we saw Irving’s health flail but never his heart, determination, or commitment to his team. He literally gave his all until his knee gave out on him. In the same spirit of knowing no offseason–working through rehabbing his knee while improving on his game–is the unrelenting rollout of new Kyrie 1 colorways. So far, we’ve liked just about every colorway. The silhouette seems to work no matter what. Modeled to complement Irving’s deftness on and off the dribble, the Kyrie 1 has quickly risen to become a go-to shoe for both b-ballers and sneakerheads looking to flex in the present while stockpiling for the future.
Lead designer of the Kyrie 1 Leo Chang is also responsible for Nike’s KD line, so it’s no surprise that the sneaker’s been successful thus far. Building on the Kyrie 1 is the latest release at Champs Sports that’s perfect whether you’re on the court or in your casual robes. Sporting a base of black, dark grey, and reflective silver with green glow accents, the “Driveway” colorway celebrates Irving’s passion for the game. As a youngster, he’d play in the driveway until dark, and then have his father move the car and turn on its lights to let him play deep into the night. It looks like all that work paid off.