On December 26, Nike is releasing some holiday-themed signature shoes from your favorite athletes: LeBron, Kobe, Kyrie, and KD. I’m going to break down each shoe from this year’s pack: Fire & Ice.
Kyrie 2: Ready For The Yeti?
The first-ever Kyrie 2, the ‘Effect’, recently made headlines as a great innovation in gear for guards. The day after Christmas, Nike is releasing its second Kyrie 2. It features a set of teeth on the mid-strap, an icy sole, and an aqua blue forefoot, as the shoe pays tribute to the abominable snowman. Watch out, this folklore phenomenon is coming for your feet soon.
LeBron 13: Walking In A Winter Wonderland
At this time of year, fierce and frigid temperatures pulsate throughout the Cleveland area. Between heavy precipitation, tough winds, and a seemingly-permanent layer of ice across the streets, the Midwest is brutal — but beautiful — in winter. That’s the story behind this icy blue shoe, and you can get it the day after Christmas.
Kobe X Elite Low: Five Golden Rings
Kobe may be retiring, but his shoe game is on fire, metaphorically, of course. The forefoot is emblazoned with fiery Flyknit, while the ankle/heel features five golden rings that represent his outstanding on-court achievements. Nike recently noted that it’s indeed releasing the Kobe 11, so if this Christmas shoe is the last Kobe X, we have to give Nike props for making it go down in flames (in a good way).
KD 8: A Little Naughty, A Little Nice
On the outside-facing part of the shoe, there’s a calm, milky white tone. In contrast, the inside of the shoe features a hot-coal design. This is perhaps inspired by how peerless the winter months are, but how warm and cozy staying in the comfort of your own home can be. At least that’s how I interpreted this design, but maybe my love for hot cocoa and fireplaces makes me biased. Regardless of interpretation, these are pretty unique, and the best part is that they’re dropping in Boys’ sizes, too.
Remember, all of these Fire & Ice shoes (with the exception of the Kobe) will be available in Men’s and Grade School sizes. All four drop December 26 at 10 am ET — sure to make your holiday happy.