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Kyrie Irving has very unique and specific performance demands. He requires constant support and dynamic traction, even as he banks in the most absurd, contorted foot angles against the court — anything to gain an advantage. Solutions for Irving’s style are the basis of the KYRIE line. Each successive model evolves ideas about motion banking, making the sidewall an integral part of the overall traction system and redefining surefootedness on the basketball court.
The newly designed Herringbone outsole offers optimum grip thanks to the multidirectionally arranged rubber pattern. The serrated "Flex Groove" promotes stability and provides support for quick cuts!
The rounded outsole on the sides ensures a natural movement. The rubberized sidewalls ensure lasting traction - even with killer crossovers!
A performance mesh on the forefoot provides a soft feel and a firm lockdown. Suede and leather upper combinations provides an optical statement!
Lead designer Ben Nethongkome's ideas for the KYRIE 4, which are based on Irving’s desire to improve underfoot cushioning (solved with the application of Cushlon midsole Zoom Air heel unit) while simultaneously making him quicker on the corner, are most overtly realized in the outsole’s zig-zag flex grove. Effectively decoupling the sole, this feature enhances traction and response from side to side, forming more seamless transitions.
The forefoot of the KYRIE 4is built of a zonally engineered mesh, an upgrade from previous KYRIE silhouettes and one that provides both containment and a softer feel.
The transition to the heel introduces more classic materials — many versions of the KYRIE 4 will carry a suede or leather — which not only feel great but offer opportunity against a new challenge: how people watch the game today. Fully aware that the classics of the past were feted over a full 48 minutes and memorialized in static posters, while today’s icons are cemented in 15-second mobile video clips, Irving acknowledges that shoes now need to “be both more innovative and more creative.”