Kyrie Irving has always had epic signature shoes – Nike may have just made the last Kyrie with the Kyrie 9.
The curtains may be soon coming down on a 9-year relationship between Nike and Kyrie Irving. The Brooklyn man has been wearing the American sportswear brand ever since he came into the league, following in the footsteps of his idol, Kobe Bryant. He has had some of the best-selling sneakers of all time because of his attention to detail.
The former Cavs and Celtics star has always made it a priority to have great tech for an affordable price. His shoes have always had the best traction and the most mobility. Most of the NBA swear by them too, because his signature line is the most worn just behind Kobe. In a world where people are obsessed with Jordans, Irving disrupted the scene.
But the last two models have failed him, miserably. The latest model has a lukewarm response in terms of first impressions. Going by his waning popularity, his sneakers aren’t doing any cartwheels to mitigate the slide. What makes these manufacturers release the most boring colorways first, nobody has a clue.
Selling a new product in its best package possible is Marketing 101. Why put out a hospital beige-looking shoe and expect it to sell out? Nike, do better.
First look at the Nike Kyrie 9! These might be the last Kyrie signature shoe with Nike pic.twitter.com/pq06AVoVnV
— Sneaker News (@SneakerNews) July 27, 2022
The Kyrie 9 model looks okay – by no means is it his best shoe, nor do we have confirmation if he approves of the design
The Brooklyn man has never been shy of speaking his mind – the Nike Kyrie 8’s were however a debacle. How a sportswear giant can release a whole signature line without the athlete’s approval is beyond understanding. The man is the first and only source of promotion for the sneakers, and he was the first one to say they sucked.
For a last hoorah, these are just okay
— shadygoncray (@shadygonecray) July 28, 2022
Not mad at these. Look comfortable
— Jrmjcksn99 (@jrmjcksn99) July 27, 2022
The Kyrie line has always been performance focused and very grippy. The Kyrie 9 however seems to have taken a different route, with it taking more hints from lifestyle models. It looks more like a runner than a Basketball shoe from certain angles.
And they wonder why he going to puma
— MysticTime (@dahvontae) July 27, 2022
Naysayers shall be everywhere, and for this shoe, they’ve got a lot of them. Nike does not have any indication to extend Kyrie’s deal, and Puma is waiting to swoop. If they do, he’d dethrone LaMelo Ball in the blink of an eye.
They are about to have some crazy colorways on these 🔥
— Ant🎭 (@UnVaxxAnt) July 27, 2022
I like it.
— Jemelle Dogta (@DogtaJemelle) July 27, 2022
If the Kyrie 9 is the last shoe of a historic lineup, then they should give it a nice send-off. Some epic colorway or a nice performance to commemorate a nine-year relationship.
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