Nike’s 42-year legacy of signature athletes is bolstered today with the addition of its newest member, Kyrie Irving, and his first shoe, the KYRIE 1. The honor bestowed on Irving is something that he earned through the hungry yet humble approach he brings to competing at basketball’s highest level.
“As a kid, imagining that I’d be in the Nike family with my own shoe was something that seemed almost unattainable,” said Irving. “Now that I’ve received the KYRIE 1 I’m honored to represent Nike and its next generation of players.”
Nike is proud to welcome the 20th Nike athlete to receive a signature shoe (less than 1% of all Nike athletes in history can claim a signature shoe). The Kyrie Irving 1 was unveiled and launch earlier today (our time) to a very, very select group of media in New York City.
The launch event was held in NYC hosted by Kenny Smith with featured guests Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway.
Last Dec. 3 they unveil the KYRIE 1, Irving was welcomed by signature legends Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway, and was honored by current superstar and teammate LeBron James. Irving was joined by his father Drederick Irving to share in the special moment. Invited guests were given exclusive access to an archive exhibit of past signature greats, from Michael Jordan and John McEnroe, to Mia Hamm and Eric Koston.