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A Splash of Green: The Boldest Green Nike Basketball Shoes
From St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, to Christmas, the color green has become synonymous with different holidays. It’s hard to imagine celebrating these occasions without wearing a hint of green. Shoe brands also capitalize on this by creating unique colorways that make use of green.
The ‘Green Glow’ colorway pays tribute to the ‘Kyrie-Oke’ release. These green Nike basketball shoes feature a monotone design with very minimal color pops.
Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Rainbow’ PE. In 2017, Kyrie Irving left the Cavaliers to start his journey with the Boston Celtics. To commemorate his move, Nike released a Celtics-themed PE of the Kyrie 3. Dubbed ‘Rainbow,’ these green basketball shoes from Nike feature metallic gold accents and a multi-colored translucent outsole.
In an Instagram post, designer @beensmove explains the meaning of this colorway. He said, "The journey for any leprechaun is symbolized by the rainbow, the journey has begun, but where will the rainbow lead them?"
Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Halloween.’ In 2018, Nike Basketballreleased a Halloween-themed Kyrie 4 to celebrate the ghoulish holiday. The Kyrie 4 ‘Halloween’ incorporates a grisly element onto a rather simple base.
These green and black Nike basketball shoes feature a slime graphic dripping off the Swoosh onto the rear midsole area.
Concepts X Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Green Lobster.’ Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving teamed up with sneaker shop Concepts to create a ‘Green Lobster’ version of the Nike Kyrie 4. These green Nike basketball shoes feature a bib-patterned insole, speckled outsole, and a blue rubber band around each toe.
Pairs of the Concepts X Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Green Lobster’ were raffled off at Corporal Burns Park last August 2018.
Nike Kobe AD All-Star PE. With Isaiah Thomas taking part in the 2017 NBA All-Star festivities, Nike crafted a Boston Celtics-inspired colorway of the Kobe AD. The Nike Kobe AD All-Star PE is dressed in predominantly green with speckled detailing. A metallic gold Swoosh, black heel counter, and translucent outsole complete the silhouette.
Nike PG1 ‘Volt.’ Nike basketball adds some life to Paul George’s first signature basketball shoe. These bold lime green Nike basketball shoes are as bright as they come. The Nike PG1 ‘Volt’ is finished off with a black Swoosh outline and an all-white midsole.
Nike LeBron 14 Low ‘Mint Foam.’ Nike adds to their summer lineup with the launch of a mint green version of the LeBron 14 Low. First previewed by LeBron James during the 2017 NBA Finals, these all green basketball shoes feature a reinforced toe, mesh wrapping, and woven paneling. Finishing off the silhouette is a mint green translucent outsole.
Why is the color green associated with the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day?
Before green, blue was actually associated with Ireland and St. Patrick. In the 16th century, Henry the VIII of England founded the Kingdom of Ireland and his flag at that time was blue (this is one of the reasons the blue flag with a harp is connected to the Irish President). The color blue was also the official color of the Order of St. Patrick and early depictions of the saint show him wearing blue.
The color green started popping up in the 17th century when Irish Catholics rebelled against the English crown. Using a green flag with a harp (representing the Confederation of Kilkenny), Commander Owen Roe O’Neill helped lead the rebellion as their group sought to rule Ireland and remove all the Protestants who have taken control of all the land in the northern part of the country. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland would ultimately defeat the rebels.
In 1790, the color green cropped up once again to promote nonsectarian, republican ideas to Ireland. The Society of United Irishmen - the main group that pushed this idea - wore green “liberty caps.”
The importance of wearing the color green eventually spread. “You start to see different traditions building up around colors — the Protestant tradition is orange, the nationalist tradition associated with the Catholics is green,” Vice President of the American Conference for Irish Studies Timothy McMahon explained in an interview with Time.com.
In the U.S., people started wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day back in the 19th century. During that time, scores of Irish immigrants arrived in America looking for better opportunities. The Irish Immigrants wore green clothes and carried Irish flags as a show of pride for their beloved home country - The Emerald Isle.
Another exciting reason to wear green is to avoid leprechauns. In the 1700s, Irish-Americans were said to have bought into the legend that wearing green will make you invisible to these mischievous creatures.