If the Nike Kyrie 7 Pre-Heat collection is indicative of anything, it’s that Kyrie Irving and his Swoosh family continue to co-create some of the most scripted and themed sneakers in performance basketball. Although no release date is yet known, the 28-year-old keeper revisits the “Roswell Rayguns” concept used by Nike SB in 2005.
As a child, Irving was an avid skateboarder, which led him to not only wear some of the most beloved SB Dunks off the court, but also bring their colors and designs to his signature collection. In 2017, the Brooklyn Nets guard, who was with the Boston Celtics, brought the fictional basketball team to life on a Kyrie 3 PE. While Irving’s third signature sneaker faithfully follows 15-year-old SB Dunk’s arrangement, his seventh incorporates his own flair into the execution. Composite textile uppers are clad in black, but feature orange, ostensibly tie-dye patterns. The side swoosh sports muted yellow stitching, while the heel favors a brighter tone; the gun-wielding team mascot joins the mix right down the center, also appearing at the vamp. Unlike its predecessor, the Kyrie 7 forgoes any Roswell-inspired palette on its sole unit. Instead, the data-driven outsole models feature a predominantly white makeup.
It’s possible that this recently teased Kyrie 7 “Raygun” could be another exclusive player for Irving, but that could change as the silhouette’s release schedule begins. Either way, take a closer look at the pair below.
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