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The Nike Kyrie 4 is Kyrie Irving’s fourth signature basketball shoe. It releases in the “Confetti” colorway on December 16th, 2017. The shoe features a mix of Flywire, Zoom Air cushioning, and more. Read the articles below for further release details and price information.
According to Nike, Irving carries around a piece of confetti from the last game of the 2017 NBA Finals as a constant reminder of how it felt to fall short of victory. The Confetti colorway honors Kyrie’s win-or-learn mentality.
As for the specifics of the shoe, the Kyrie 4's zig-zag flex grove enhances traction and response from side to side.
“I need to identify a spot and get in and out of it without loosing my balance,” says Irving. “Being able to pivot off my spot and have balance in the shoe, regardless of where my foot hits the court, is essential.”
The material choices and blocking are influenced by Irving’s interest in vintage Nike and Jordan silhouettes — a passion shared with Kyrie 4 designer, Benjamin Nethongkome. However, knowing that today’s icons are showcased in 15-second mobile video clips rather than static posters, Irving and Nethongkome stressed the need to create colorways and blocking that "spark a memory."
“We want specific things that stand out and spark a memory and draw people back. They don’t need to want the shoe right then and there, but they need an initial spark in 30 seconds,” Irving explains. “The blocking is one of the things we discussed, to isolate parts of the shoe and bring them to life. That’s something I want within the shoe and it extends the details of this masterpiece.”