words // Nick Engvall
Earlier this week the Kay Yow x Nike Zoom Soldier V arrived at Eastbay and today the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 that was created in collaboration with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has arrived. These two silhouettes are the latest colorways in a steadily growing line of pink basketball shoes that are created with KYCF and Nike Basketball.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2011 is one of the most anticipated designs for 2011. It builds on the previous models of the Hyperdunk and includes Flywire technology, and a phylon midsole with forefoot Zoom Air cushioning, that together help keep the weight to an impressive 10.5 ounces. A 3D reinforced midfoot shank helps keep flex to a minimum when making sharp cuts. The herringbone pattern of the solid rubber outsole resides below and provides the traction.
words // Nick Engvall
Pink basketball shoes can only mean one thing. Nike Basketball and their partnership with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is ready for a new design aimed to bring awareness to the world’s constant battle with cancer. Over the last few years a number have silhouettes have been used in this collaboration. This year, the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 and the Nike Zoom Soldier V receive the pink colorways and ribbon graphics that exemplify a noble cause.
If you’re not familiar with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, it’s an organization that began in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Yow, the former coach of the NC State Women’s Basketball team and the Gold Medal winning Team USA in 1988, battled breast cancer for over 22 years before passing away in 2009. Her positive attitude in her health struggles and on the basketball court have been an inspiration to many.
This year, Nike will release two silhouettes in partnership with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Zoom Soldier V is the first to arrive and is available now. It features a White and Pinkfire colorway with ribbon graphics on the ankle strap. The Soldier V features Air Max cushioning in the heel and Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot for a well balanced shoe according to our Zoom Soldier V Performance Review.
Each year for the past several years Nike Basketball has teamed up with the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund to help raise funds for the foundation that carries on the legendary coach from North Carolina State. Yow’s battle with cancer seemed to be the only thing that could keep her from passing on her knowledge of the game. Over her career she coached her teams to a record of 737-344 and was voted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Kay Yow may have lost her battle with cancer early last year but her courage in taking on the disease has and continues to inspire those people whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way.
Nike Basketball will release the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 in a Pinkfire colorway. As pink has become the color strongly associated with raising awareness for breast cancer, this colorway of the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund Nike Hyperdunk 2010 also features the foundations logo on the tongue. Both men’s and women’s sizes will be available and a portion of the sales will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation.
Available now at Eastbay.