I’m so happy that Nike is keeping the young athletes in mind when releasing shoes, Kyrie Irving’s first signature shoe with Nike, the KYRIE 1, will also be available in kids and toddler sizes. If you’re a fan of the KYRIE 1, you can match your shoes with your mini me- available in full family sizing. In most cases when the shoes are sized down to grade school sizes, they lose some features but for this shoe it will be identical in look and aesthetic detail to the adult version. The pre-school and toddler pairs will of course lose some details due to the size but still looks pretty good.
“The KYRIE 1 was a really fun shoe to work on because of Kyrie’s incredible game and the phenomenal connection he has with kids,” said Michael Saranthakos, Nike Senior Footwear Designer for Young Athletes. “The main goal in designing the KYRIE 1 for young athletes was to blend high performance and a strong style statement for play on and off the court .”
The KYRIE 1 is currently available for customization on NIKEiD; the KYRIE 1 Dream colorway will be available in North America on December 23rd in adult and kids sizes at nike.com and select retail destinations. The KYRIE 1 Deceptive Red colorway is available globally on January 10, 2015. Along with the shoe, special KYRIE 1 T-shirts, hats and socks will also be available.
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The KYRIE 1 grade school version is identical in look and aesthetic detail to the adult version. Signature details include:
- The new Kyrie Irving logo on the shoe’s tongue represents his inner strength and hunger to learn
- Hand-written details in Irving’s penmanship: #2 on the upper heel along with his personal signature on the inside of the tongue.
- Jagged pattern on the wrapped traction near the toe and heel counter with architectural angles are both inspired by the Sydney Opera House in Irving’s homeland of Australia.
- The acronym “JBY” that sits beneath Irving’s new logo on the outsole stands for “Just Be You,” a motto that Irving hopes inspires kids as they establish their own unique identities.
The physiological and physical realities of the Pre-School athlete demand a different application of Nike innovation to support the performance needs of athletes just learning the game.
Flexibility is the most critical attribute of a Pre-School shoe — but it also needs to be supportive in the right places, provide a degree of protection and deliver durability. The sturdy traction offered by a full rubber outsole carries over from the larger version and the Hyperfuse upper has fewer layers to make it lighter and easier to flex while providing the same great support and durability.
The Toddler-sized KYRIE 1 has been made softer in the upper than the two larger size ranges. This makes it even more flexible to support the natural motion of toddlers’ growing feet. The lacing system and modified ankle collar give the feel of a locked-down fit and the lower-profile full rubber cup sole enhances flexibility and gets this athlete lower to the ground to provide a stable base and greater traction.
Photos courtesy of Nike