The Nike Kyrie 4: Inspired By The Past, Built For The Future

The Nike Kyrie 4: Inspired By The Past, Built For The Future

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In a few short years, Kyrie Irving went from a No. 1 pick with unlimited potential to a full-fledged superstar. In addition to his meteoric on-court progression, the star point guard has also achieved remarkable success off the court, perhaps most notably with his highly popular signature shoe line.

His fourth shoe is finally here, so we took a look back on his first three shoes to see how they influenced the new Nike Kyrie 4.

Nike Kyrie 1: Generation Deception

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The Kyrie 1 debuted in 2014 with a bold look and a heavy focus on traction, support, and cushioning. Most notably, the shoe featured a shark-teeth design where a modified herringbone traction wrapped around the sides of the foot for enhanced traction during quick cuts and dynamic movements.

The shoe had a Hyperfuse construction, utilizing three layers fused together for a seamless upper that created zones of durability, breathability, and support where they’re needed the most. A Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and lightweight Phylon foam in the heel combined to offer a quick first step and enhanced impact protection.

Nike Kyrie 2: Speed For Every Angle

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Kyrie’s second signature shoe featured several upgrades, mostly focused on taking advantage of his game-changing speed. Influenced by Irving’s deceleration speed (he can go from 13 miles per hour to zero in 0.2 seconds) and his ability to change direction so quickly (he can complete a crossover in less than 0.33 seconds), Nike added a unique strap for greater lockdown and an innovative rounded outsole to help maintain traction during fast, fluid play.

The shoe also received a lighter, lower-profile Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning with every step. The shoe didn’t just have a fresh new look – it had all the tools Kyrie needed to take his game to the next level during a championship run.

Nike Kyrie 3: Out Of Nowhere

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The Nike Kyrie 3 continued to focus on a fast first step and fluid style of play that make Kyrie Irving such a dangerous player. His third signature shoe helped enable razor-sharp cuts by adding independent traction pods to the curved outsole.

The shoe utilized a forefoot band integrated with Flywire cables for additional support and for a customized fit for various playing styles. The custom fit, responsive feel, and elite traction took the Kyrie line to a whole new level.

Nike Kyrie 4: Unpredictable & Unguardable

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:

Jordan Retro 5

JORDAN RETRO 5 ‘BRONZE’ – SEPTEMBER 24 AT 10 AM ET

This summer’s competitions may have come to a close, but Jordan is still dropping colorways inspired by the games. The Retro 5 ‘Bronze’ gets its nickname from the bronze tongue that stands out against the navy upper. The shark teeth design on the midsole that the Retro 5 is famous for is also bronze. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.

Nike Kobe 11 Low

NIKE KOBE 11 LOW ‘FUNDAMENTAL’ – SEPTEMBER 24 AT 10 AM ET

The Black Mamba’s playing career came to an end last season, but his newest sneakers are inspired by Kobe’s basketball beginnings. The Kobe 11 ‘Fundamental’ pays tribute to Kobe learning the game before he revolutionized it. The shoe comes in a white, black, and cool grey color scheme with Nike Flywire and an icy outsole. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $134.99.

Nike Kyrie 2

NIKE KYRIE 2 ‘SPECKLE’ – SEPTEMBER 24 AT 10 AM ET

Kyrie Irving is prepping to defend his title as a new season draws closer, but before that we get a new colorway of the Kyrie 2. The strap and midsole feature bright crimson speckles, giving the shoe its nickname. An icy outsole adds some flare to finish the look. Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99.

Under Armour Curry 2.5

 

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 2.5 – SEPTEMBER 24 AT 10 AM ET

While Irving looks to defend his title, Curry is hoping to reach the sport’s pinnacle once again after a disappointing ending last year. His popular Curry 2.5 shoe releases in two different colorways this weekend. Men’s $134.99.

All eyes will be on Curry’s and Irving’s teams once the season starts, but in the meantime, let’s have some preseason fun. Who do you have taking home the title this year, and which shoes are you copping this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below!

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend.

Retro 7

JORDAN RETRO 7 ‘ALTERNATE’ – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET

One of the biggest Retro releases of the year drops this weekend: the Retro 7 ‘Alternate.’ The shoe is a new twist on the classic sneaker Michael Jordan wore in the summer of 1992 when he helmed arguably the best basketball team ever assembled.

That 1992 team set a standard of play that every U.S. team since has tried to live up to, and Jordan’s shoe quickly became a fan favorite among sneaker heads. The Retro 7 was again released in 2012, and the 2016 version is a new take on the classic shoe. Returning to the spotlight, an alternate version of such a classic kick is a must-have for many collectors.

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A clothing collection that hooks in with the new release is also available at Eastbay. Now you can honor the greatest team of all time by repping the kicks and the gear. Hats, shirts, shorts and more from the Retro 7 collection can be found here. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $59.99.

Under Armour Curry 2.5

Under Armour Curry 2.5

UA CURRY 2.5 – AUGUST 5 AT 10 AM ET

Under Armour is dropping two Curry 2.5s this weekend, with both editions coming in patriotic colorways ahead of this summer’s competitions. Stephen Curry has elected not to play this summer, but we know he’ll be watching his Bay Area teammates and fellow countrymen. Support the team with a pair of these USA-inspired kicks. Men’s $134.99, Grade School $114.99, Preschool $74.99, Toddler $49.99.

Air Jordan Retro 1

JORDAN RETRO 1 HI OG ‘YIN YANG’ PACK – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET

The shoe that started it all gets two releases this weekend with the Yin Yang Pack. The Retro 1 is on a roll after four different AJ 1s were released last week. The Yin Yang Pack features a mostly white shoe with black accents, and a mostly black shoe with white accents. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $119.99.

adidas Harden PE

ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT BOOST LOW 2016 JAMES HARDEN PE – AUGUST 5 AT 10 AM ET

adidas is dropping another James Harden PE this weekend after releasing the Crazylight Boost Liberty version a few weeks ago. The new edition comes in a black and gold look that provides some flash, but the shoe also focuses heavily on functionality. The full-length Boost cushioning system provides added bounce at the rim and a quicker first step, so players like Harden are even tougher to guard.

Some of the world’s best youth basketball players sported the shoe at the adidas Nations championships this summer, too. Players from Team Harden wore the sneaker as they took home the title. Men’s $129.99.

Nike Kyrie 2

NIKE KYRIE 2 ‘PARADE’ – AUGUST 6 AT 10 AM ET

The offseason is a little sweeter after a championship. At Cleveland’s celebratory parade, Kyrie Irving rocked his latest signature shoe, the aptly named Nike Kyrie 2 ‘Parade.’ The shoe has a simple black and white color scheme, but it catches the eye with a bold floral graphic on the midfoot strap. Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99

This Week’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Week’s Can’t-Miss Releases

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:

Air Jordan Retro 14

JORDAN RETRO 14 ‘OXIDIZED GREEN’ – JULY 16 AT 10 AM ET

The Air Jordan 14 ‘Oxidized Green’ is returning after its initial release in February of 1999. It is the first time since the original release that sneaker heads will be able to get their hands on this classic sneaker. After such a long wait, this shoe is sure to go quick once it becomes available. Men’s $189.99, Grade school $139.99.

adidas Crazylight

ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT LIBERTY EDITION – JULY 16 AT 10 AM ET

Liberty makes its mark on the Crazylight 2016 with a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. It is an all-new James Harden player exclusive colorway built for the game’s fastest players. The name is also a reference to Harden’s freedom on the court. He has the ability to create scoring opportunities with his elusive footwork and ability to swerve through traffic and score in key situations. Men’s $129.99, Grade school $99.99.

Nike Kyrie 2

NIKE KYRIE 2 ‘USA’ – JULY 18 AT 10 AM ET

The latest Kyrie 2 sneaker comes in a patriotic colorway ahead of this summer’s competition. The shoe has a clean look with white as the dominating color, accented by royal blue and red. The Kyrie 2 ‘USA’ is also being released in kids’ sizes, so the whole family can show their patriotism. Men’s $124.99, Grade school $99.99, Preschool $79.99, Toddler $54.99.

Nike Flyknit Hyperdunk

NIKE HYPERDUNK FLYKNIT – JULY 18 AT 10 AM ET

The Hyperdunk is bridging the gap between performance and style with a new Flyknit construction. Always considered a top performance shoe, the Hyperdunk Flyknit is furthering that reputation. Flyknit technology allows for the shoe to move in tandem with the body’s natural motion. It allows players to maximize their athletic ability and take their game to the next level. Paul George and other Nike athletes will be sporting the shoe at this summer’s competitions in August. Men’s $199.99.

Nike Kobe

NIKE KOBE XI ELITE – JULY 18 AT 10 AM ET

Nike is releasing the Nike Kobe XI Elite exclusively in grade school sizes, just in time for back-to-school shopping. The Kobe XI Elite is well-equipped for on-court performance, but it also has a fresh look and comfort that works well off the court. Grade school $134.99.

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

This Weekend’s Can’t-Miss Releases

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:

Nike KD9

NIKE KD9 ‘MIC DROP’ – JULY 9 AT 10 AM ET

Kevin Durant dropped the mic on the Fourth of July by announcing his departure from Oklahoma City. NBA fans will have to wait awhile to see his Golden State debut, but sneaker heads are already raving about his latest signature sneaker, the KD9. Men’s $149.99, Grade School $124.99.

Nike Kyrie 2

NIKE KYRIE 2 ‘TRIPLE BLACK’ – JULY 9 AT 10 AM ET

To say that Kyrie Irving is having a good year would be an understatement. Fresh off his first NBA title, the point guard is also finding success with his popular signature shoe. The newest Kyrie 2 comes in a black and reflective silver colorway. Men’s $119.99, Grade School $99.99.

Nike Kobe 11 Low

NIKE KOBE 11 LOW – JULY 9 AT 10 AM ET

Kobe Bryant may be retired from the NBA, but Nike is still releasing new signature sneakers for the LA superstar. The newest Kobe 11 comes in classic Black Mamba colors. The shoe is mostly black with cool grey accents. Men’s $159.99.

Under Armour Curry

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 2.5 AND CURRY 2 LOW ‘SC30 CAMP’ – JULY 9 AT 10 AM ET

Stephen Curry recently hosted the SC Select Camp in the Bay Area. The camp is held for some of the top young guards in the country, and now Curry fans can own a commemorative piece of the event. Special ‘Camp’ colorways of both the Curry 2 Low and Curry 2.5 are dropping this weekend featuring a mixture of blue, green, and yellow tones, and a speckled midsole. Men’s $124.99.