After demanding a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2017, Kyrie Irving finally got his wish becoming the de facto leader of the Boston Celtics. Early in his first season in green, Irving’s Nike Kyrie 4 was unveiled with a slew of popular colorways dropping thereafter.
This is the first shoe in the signature line to be led by designer Benjamin Nethongkome, who had previously contributed a small part to the Kyrie 3. Irving’s request for balance in making basketball moves is shown again with traction that rides up the lateral midsole, providing a teeth design of sorts. The shoe also boasts improved cushioning with the softer Cushion used instead of Phylon. Mesh was utilized in the toe section of the upper, while suede or leather is used on the heel sections – a nod to both Nethongkome and Irving’s love of the construction of Jordan and Nike SB shoes in the past.
The passion for the latter showed up on colorways, with “Day of the Dead” and “Green Lobster“ colorways paying homage to old Dunk SBs. Other high heat Kyrie 4 colorways including the Uncle Drew, as well as cereal collabs with logos featured for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms versions.