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The Kyrie Low gets design cues from the previous models of Kyrie Irving’s signature basketball shoes. The midfoot strap is from the Kyrie 2. The geometric embossed patterns in the heel coming from the Kyrie 1. Even so, it is important to note that the Nike Kyrie Low is another line in Irving’s collection; it is not a low version of any of his popular mid-tops.
This shoe features a multidirectional traction pattern, Phylon and Zoom Air unit in the midsole, and mesh in the upper; all for a budget shoe’s price.
Cushion. The shoe utilizes two bottom-loaded Zoom Air units: one at the forefoot and another at the heel. The units are surrounded by Phylon, which is a foam that provides a balance of compression and stiffness to deliver a responsive ride. The midsole is rounded at the medial side, helping players do hard cuts. This also helps position the feet for an easier take off.
Traction. The Kyrie Low’s tread pattern looks similar to the Kyrie 2’s wherein the smaller grooves surround two large pivot circles in the forefoot and heel areas. Smaller nubs form a border around them in an arrangement that ensures multidirectional traction. The tread pattern extends up to both sides of the midsole.
Length and Width. The shoe runs half a size longer than expected. It is quite snug and narrow in the midfoot area. However, an expert reviewer mentions that the materials will loosen after some use. Hence, it will be better to buy a shoe that fits a little tighter than usual as the material will stretch. If you have narrow feet, go half a size down. Wide-footers may go true to size. Yet, to be safe, it will be better to try the shoe on personally in your local shoe shop.
Lockdown. Containment relies on the Kyrie Low’s slanting laces, midfoot strap, and midsole that extends beyond the foot bed. The slanting laces pull the upper together, enveloping the foot within. The midfoot strap is not only for lockdown but also for support on the lateral side when doing side cuts.
The upper is composed of a stiff nylon-knitted mesh with fuse overlays in high wear areas. The fuse protects the material from wear and tear, especially the parts exposed to to such pressures as toe drags. The midfoot strap is made of a textile. The midsole is composed of a Phylon foam and two Zoom Air units. The outsole is a solid rubber compound.
The Kyrie Low takes some elements from its signature siblings. Kyrie Irving is known to love some subtle bling on his merch; the embellishments on the midfoot strap and the heel are a nod to this.
As for branding, the Nike Swoosh is displayed on the lateral side while Kyrie’s logo is embossed on the shoe’s tongue. Kyrie’s popular symbolisms are also added. The All-Seeing-Eye, for example, is the design used for the lace holes.
The Nike Kyrie Low debuted with four main colorways. The two are plain renditions. The other two, on the other hand, are storied versions. The following are the two basic colorways:
- Black/Metallic Silver/Oreo
Nike Kyrie Low School Bus
Inspired by the ultimate childhood vehicle, the “School Bus” colorway comes in an Amarillo yellow and black combo. This is the second time this colorway makes an appearance in Kyrie’s line; it was also applied to the Kyrie 2.
Nike Kyrie Low Uncle Drew
Kyrie Irving stars in a movie that revolves around an old man named Uncle Drew who tries to relive his younger days as a basketball legend by challenging street ballers. Little do they know that it’s actually the five-time NBA All-Star behind the white hair and wrinkly prosthetics. Nike celebrates Uncle Drew by releasing a gray-and-white shoe with a gum outsole.