The Nike Kyrie 2 is available later today (or now if you’re reading this late)… on NIKEiD. That’s right, Kyrie Irving’s eagerly anticipated second signature shoe will be debuting first on the customization suite, but the first retail pair will be dropping the following week in what’s being called a Tie Dye colorway. But before we move on to the Kyrie 2, let’s take a look back at the Nike Kyrie 1, an underrated favorite if there such a thing as an underrated Nike Basketball signature shoe.
Since the shoe debuted nearly a year ago, the Nike Kyrie 1 has become the signature shoe of the everyday baller. A lot of it has to do with the $110 price point, but it also tapped into something that’s been missing with KDs, Kobes and LeBrons of the world: simplicity. Sometimes a signature shoe doesn’t need Foamposite, Flyknit, Flyweave or hybrid soles that mix Free, Air and Lunar. It just needs a strong design (no frills Zoom Air and Hyperfuse helps too) that can blend in when it’s a general release but also pop when a special edition drops. The Kyrie 1 (designed by Leo Chang) hit for all the same reason kicks like the Nike Zoom KD 4 (also designed by Leo) or the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 did years ago; it had something for everybody. Don’t be surprised if we talk about the Kyrie 1 with the same reverence as those kicks we just mentioned in a few years.
So to send off the Kyrie 1, we’re talking a look back at our favorite colorways of the shoe that got a retail release (because including this would be unfair) from the debut Dream colorway to the Double Nickel that dropped over Black Friday weekend. Enjoy and let us know what you think about the list in the comments below.
Thanks to former KoF intern Lea Turgeon for the pic. He’s a big Kyrie fan if you can’t tell.
10Nike Kyrie 1 Wolf/Cool Grey
A staple of all Nike signature shoes is the inevitable (and inevitably) clean Wolf Grey or Cool Grey release. This colorway highlights the versatility of the Kyrie because it can work as an on-court performer but also as a modern stylistic off-court shoe with the right pair of
9Nike Kyrie 1 Rise
Kyrie is crossover global star thanks to his amazing skills and Uncle Drew alter ego. One of the things you can expect to see him do over the next few years is make the annual trip to Asia and participate in all sorts of Nike Basketball events that will make him an even bigger star in the eyes of kids who maybe won’t be able to see Kyrie live in an NBA game. Expect to see a Rise colorway – or whatever Nike calls their Asian tour for that year – to drop every summer.
8Nike Kyrie 1 BHM
One thing’s for certain; next year’s Nike Kyrie 2 BHM has this year’s Nike Kyrie 1 BHM beat in the color department.
7Nike Kyrie 1 Flytrap
Yeah, I understand the reference, but when someone says “flytrap”, this is immediately what comes to mind…
6Nike Kyrie 1 Dungeon
As a kid Kyrie would train in the basement of his house with one flickering bulb as its only source of light. I guess the the light bulb was colored Volt or something. Regardless, the Dungeon Kyrie 1 was a pretty good colorway. Now I need to know where Kyrie got his Volt light bulbs…
5Nike Kyrie 1 Letterman
You can be forgiven for thinking this shoe is Kyrie’s way of showing the world what it would look like if he played for the Australian National Team, but according to Nike, this is a tribute to his high school alma matter St. Patrick. This might make the next “What If?” list that we do down the line.
4Nike Kyrie 1 Dream
3Nike Kyrie 1 Zoom City/All-Star
Really, this shoe could have easily taken the 10 spot and the Cool Grey (or Wolf Grey) would takes its place here, but what this has over its cousin is the reflective upper and iridescent hits on the tongue and heel. This year’s Nike All-Star offerings were sadly disappointing except for this one.
2Nike Kyrie 1 Deceptive Red
Well, good thing it’s not all-red, right? At least we can avoid that comparison. The second Kyrie 1 to ever release is great for Cavs fan looking for something to rock with their jerseys but don’t have the budget to afford a pair of LeBrons. It also helps that the Kyrie 1 ended up being a better shoe than the LeBron 12 as well. Yeah, I said it…
1Nike Kyrie 1 Double Nickel
The crazy thing is that Kyrie would actually top his Double Nickel performance two months later with a 57-point outburst, but the name is just so cool that Nike couldn’t help but make a colorway that honored the former. The coin-styled badges on the tongues is one of those creative little touches that make this the best of Kyries. Too bad we’ll probably won’t see Kyrie wear these on the court since he will have moved on to the Kyrie 2 by then, but what a moment in time this shoe turned out to be.