Nike’s 42-year legacy of signature athletes is bolstered today with the addition of its newest member, Kyrie Irving, and his first shoe, the KYRIE 1“As a kid, imagining that I’d be in the Nike family with my own shoe was something that seemed almost unattainable,” said Irving.  “Now that I’ve received the KYRIE 1 I’m honored to represent Nike and its next generation of players.” Having worked on Kevin Durant’s latest iterations, lead designer Leo Chang aimed to develop a signature model that could matched Irving’s speed and quickness. The KYRIE 1 needed to be light, bold and responsive with the best traction Nike Basketball could offer. After months of meticulous testing and feedback, the KYRIE 1 was created to deliver three primary benefits: pinpoint responsiveness with Nike Zoom Air cushioning in its forefoot, dynamic grip with a 360-degree dynamic traction pattern wrapping the shoe’s sidewall, and the ultra support and breathability of a Hyperfuse construction.

The KYRIE 1 is currently available for customization on NIKEiD; the KYRIE 1 Dream colorway will be available in North America on December 23 at and select retail stores. The KYRIE 1 Deceptive Red color way will be available globally on January 10, 2015.

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