"Look how far we've come." That's the advice Kyrie Irving would offer to his 17-year-old self as he drops the fifth edition of his signature shoe, the Nike Kyrie 5. It's also the realization that Irving has been able to incorporate trending fashion elements into a high-performance on-court basketball shoe. These elements include inspiration drawn from Irving's tattoos, chapters in his life story. But the all-star isn't content to reflect on what was, he wants to keep evolving and improving. And Nike's newest tech, developed by designer Benjamin Nethongkome, is aimed directly at that:
- New Air Zoom Turbo in the forefoot follows the curved outsole to flex naturally via welded channels.
- New containment system, inspired by a Venus Flytrap, locks your foot to the new Zoom Air unit.
- Traction pattern inspired by the Hamsa tattoo on his left hand not only shields him from "bad juju," it offers a geometrically discreet grip you haven't seen before.