Although Kyrie Irving may be out of this year’s playoffs due to injury, he continues to cause a stir in the footwear industry after images surfaced of what appears to be his next signature sneaker.
This week, sneakerhighway23 shared photos of what is believed to be the Nike Kyrie 7, revealing a new mid-top silhouette that’s not far off from Irving’s previous models. According to the insole description, the shoe will feature a composite textile material presumably on the upper while retaining the articulated Air Zoom Turbo cushioning unit of its predecessors in the forefoot of the midsole.
Kobe Bryant’s influence on Irving has been well documented and, as a possible homage to the Black Mamba, the quote “His Legacy Is Going to Live Forever” is emblazoned on the heel.
At this time, Nike has not confirmed that the sneaker featured here is the Kyrie 7, but stay tuned to Sole Collector for new developments as they become available.
UPDATE (26/10): Today Nike unveiled the seventh sneaker in Irving’s signature line, the Kyrie 7. The model features a composite mesh on the upper that helps it feel lighter while giving Irving flexibility where he needs it. A signature detail of Irving’s line is the midfoot strap, which has now been replaced with two TPU “fingers” on the sides that symbolize an exercise his father taught him to help strengthen his hands. What is familiar with this shoe is the articulated Air Zoom Turbo unit in the forefoot as well as the chassis taken from the previous model. The Kyrie 7 was designed by Ben Nethongkome, who developed shoes in the Irving line since the Kyrie 4.
The Nike Kyrie 7 will launch in four “Preheat” styles, including “Icons of Sport”, “Expressions”, “Soundwave” and “Special FX” on November 11, followed by the “BK Black” colorway on November 23.