After calling his namesake sneakers “trash” — and later echoing that statement — Kyrie Irving puts his name to yet another Nike model. The Brooklyn Nets point guard gets his own Dunk Low, making it one of the first non-athletic shoes he put his name to.
Irving, who is not vaccinated, once made headlines at Nike (and elsewhere) when the brand fired employees who had not received their vaccine by a predetermined date. While the basketball player isn’t a Nike employee per se, it’s hard to argue that his ties to the company aren’t profitable for everyone involved: Nike currently pays Irving around $11 million a year for his on-court representation and sales of iconic sneakers, presumably including the upcoming Dunk. The brand still hasn’t addressed Kyrie’s vaccination status and will likely remain silent on the matter.
Dunk on them – Throughout his partnership with Nike, the Brooklyn Nets player has regularly rocked the Dunk off the court, donning the sneakers while on the go or on walks. the tunnel. Several of Irving’s signature sneakers have also drawn inspiration from past Dunk designs, including those of colleague Travis Scott.
The Athlete’s next Dunk is done in a similar palette to the “UNC” iteration, an ironic twist considering Kyrie used to play for longtime school rival Duke University. A white leather base is complemented by light blue overlays, while up top the collars are filled with a pale yellow color. All-over “11” notations dance around the collar to nod to Irving’s jersey number.
Bright red Nike branding stands out amongst the black heel tabs as Irving’s signature badge replaces traditional logos on the tongue tags and pale yellow insoles. Underfoot, all-white midsoles and coral outsoles complete the Dunk’s design.
Coming soon – So far, the Kyrie Dunk has only received official images for his children’s sizes, but photos of adult sizes should soon surface – after all, it’s unlikely that Irving could squeeze into sneakers of a child. Keep an eye out for the Dunk Lows on Nike’s SNKRS app, as well as in the tunnel: with a release slated for soon, we might get a on-foot preview of the sneakers courtesy of Irving himself.