Profile of the Nike Kyrie 3

Kyrie leaves his defenders in the dust with his hot handles and fancy footwork. Designed to match his razor-sharp play style, the Nike Kyrie 3 will have you slicing through your opponent’s defenses with ease.

Featuring a strong and supportive upper, dynamic traction, and responsive cushioning; the Kyrie 3 was made to adapt to Irving’s crazy fast playing style. Whether freezing his man for a pull-up jumper or blowing by his defenders to get to the rim, the Nike Kyrie 3 helps him dominate the court like the champion he is.


Cushion. The Kyrie 3 features a low-profile Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel. This Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning during Kyrie’s stop-and-go dribble drives and provides a comfortable ride all game.

In the forefoot, a lightweight Injected Phylon foam enhances court feel and comfort while a synthetic frame assists with quick lateral motions. This lightweight foam midsole also offers impact protection.

Traction. The Nike Kyrie 3’s curved outsole features independent suspension pods that enhance traction for razor-sharp cuts in any direction. The outsole curvature allows for quick lateral transitions while the herringbone pattern wraps around the sidewall for improved traction.

This unique design offers Kyrie the ability to play at any angle, making him so dangerous and difficult to ward off.


Length and Width. Lengthwise, the Nike Kyrie 3 fits true to size; however, it runs a little narrow. Wide-footers may need to go up half a size, but they are advised to try the shoes in-store first.

Lockdown. Taking inspiration from the Kyrie 2’s strap, Nike created an internal support system made of Flywire and added a forefoot band to lock the foot down.

The forefoot band integrates with the Flywire cables to provide support and a custom fit. This setup limits excess room inside the shoe to prevent slipping and allows Kyrie to utilize his explosive first step efficiently.


The Nike Kyrie 3 utilizes the Hyperfuse construction that provides durability while offering support where you need it. This durable upper is designed with mesh regions that increase stability and breathability.

The Hyperfuse construction combines mesh and synthetic materials with a new TPU skin, a formula that is made to match Kyrie’s fast footwork on the court.

Designers added textured TPU spikes on the back half of the shoe to represent the unorthodox way Kyrie sees the court.


The Nike Kyrie 3’s mid-top profile includes subtle design elements that represent Kyrie’s family-first philosophy. It has hidden references to his late mother Elizabeth and to his young daughter, Azurie.

Visible on each sockliner are the Roman numerals VIII and XIII; mimicking the tattoos on Kyrie’s left and right wrists that represent Elizabeth’s birthday. The names of his mother and daughter are etched in the small frame around the visible Air unit in the heel.


Kyrie Irving is best known for unleashing ankle breakers and making it look easy. Nike’s Senior Product Manager Tony Grasso wanted to design a shoe that enables Kyrie to do whatever his imagination creates on the court. The design requires improving the grip on the Kyrie 1-inspired outsole. "There's traction up the sidewall, with a curved forefoot that helps create better court feel," Grosso describes

Special Colorways of the Nike Kyrie 3

Much like the Kyrie 2, Nike introduced a wide selection of colorways for Kyrie Irving’s third signature sneaker.

  • Black/Black-Varsity Maize-White
  • Black/Game Royal 'Duke'
  • Black/Sail-Metallic Gold-Cool Grey
  • Black/Team Orange-Concord-Neo Turquoise ‘Kyrache Light’
  • Black/Total Crimson-Dark Grey-White ‘Black Ice’
  • Black/White-Silt Red
  • Black/White 'Tuxedo'
  • Boston Celtics PE
  • Cool Grey/Anthracite-Polarized Blue
  • ‘Cream’ PE
  • Dark Obsidian/Metallic Gold-Summit White
  • Dark Obsidian/Red-White 'Samurai'
  • EP Black/Sail-Metallic Gold-Cool Grey
  • Hyper Cobalt/White-Chlorine Blue-Volt
  • Ivory/Pale Grey-Black-Light Bone-Vivid Sky-CH Burst
  • Ivory/Pale Grey-Light Bone
  • 'Luck'
  • 'Marble'
  • Navy Blue Yellow PE
  • ‘School Bus’
  • Team Red/Hot Punch-White ‘Warning’
  • 'Triple Black'
  • University Red/Black-Team Red 'All-Star' PE
  • University Red/University Red-Wolf Grey
  • White/Black-Volt 'Cookies and Cream' a.k.a. 'Yin-Yang'
  • White/Chrome
  • White/Metallic Gold
  • 'White Toe' PE
  • ‘Wolf Grey’ PE

Mountain Dew x Nike Kyrie 3 K.A.R.E. Kit

Limited to just 32 kits, the Nike Kyrie 3 K.A.R.E. (Kyrie’s Ankle Recovery Equipment) Kit comes with an IPad, emergency phone, first aid kit, autographed X-Ray of a broken ankle, and five specially designed Mountain Dew cans.

Featuring a Mountain Dew-theme, these limited edition Kyrie basketball shoes are dressed in white with light and dark green accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 Academy PE

As part of the 2017 Nike Basketball Academy held in Los Angeles, Nike launched the Academy collection that includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 10, Nike PG 1, and Nike Kyrie 3. Inspired by the United States military’s Navy Cross award, the Kyrie 3 is dressed in the Navy’s official colors. Gold accents, a gum outsole, and The Academy shield badge complete the military-inspired theme.

Nike Kyrie 3 Black History Month ‘BHM’

The 2017 Nike BHM collection includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 9, and Nike Kyrie 3. To celebrate, the Nike Kyrie 3 gets treated in a black, white, and metallic gold color scheme. A marble outsole and ‘BHM’ branding complete the shoe’s silhouette.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘EYBL’

As part of Nike’s annual Elite Youth Basketball League, the brand gave out exclusive Kyrie 3s to 40 EYBL programs across the nation. These white basketball shoes feature a multi-colored Swoosh, inner lining, and outsole.

Nike Kyrie 3 Face Logo PE

After completing his tour in Asia, Nike gave Kyrie Irving a 1-of-1 pair of Kyrie 3s that features his face logo on the tongue. This exclusive mismatched pair of Kyrie basketball shoes come in either a navy and yellow base with yellow and navy accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Fear’ PE

Designer @beensmoove on Instagram shared the inspiration behind this player exclusive colorway. According to his post, “Fear is the motivator that drives us to pursue greatness. Without fear we aren’t aggressive, we aren’t focused. Fear is the reality that everything that we value and work for can disappear in an instant. It is up to us to accept that fear is real but it is what we do with fear that separates the good from the great.”

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Fear’ PE features a black upper with neon green accents. A dark forest graphic across the panels perfectly captures the ‘Fear’ theme.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Flip the Switch’

In anticipation of the 2017 Playoffs, Nike basketball launched the ‘Flip the Switch’ collection to match the postseason’s electrifying atmosphere. The Nie Kyrie 3 ‘Flip the Switch’ features a dark gray upper with shades of purple and blue gradients.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Girls EYBL’

Participants of the Girls Elite Youth Basketball League were also given a special pair of Nike Kyris 3s. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Girls EYBL’ is dressed in a combination of cool gray, sail, and black.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Greased Lightning’ PE

Drawing inspiration from Kyrie’s favorite musical Grease and the lead character’s car, the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Greased Lightning’ PE features a white base complete with lightning detailing on the side.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Green Camo’ PE

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Green Camo’ PE pays tribute to the Best Buddies Foundation; an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This player exclusive colorway features a forest green camo upper with a Best Buddies logo on the tongue.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Kyrache Light’

Kyrie Irving’s third signature sneaker pays tribute to a classic running shoe from 1994. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Kyrache Light’ takes cues from the Air Huarache Light’s famous ‘Ultramarine’ colorway. The Kyrie 3’s black based upped features white, aqua, royal blue, and bright red accents.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mamba Mentality’ a.k.a. ‘Bruce Lee’

Kyrie Irving pays tribute to Kobe Bryant with the ‘Mamba Mentality’ colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3. Reminiscent of the Kobe 5 ‘Bruce Lee,’ the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mamba Mentality’ features a contrasting black and yellow upper with four red slash marks at the forefoot. Completing the theme is a samurai textile print, a snakeskin-like medial side, and a unique Kyrobe logo.

Nike Kyrie 3 MLK Day PE

In 2017, Nike and Jordan Brand celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by outfitting their athletes with a pair of all-black basketball shoes. Dressed in triple black, the Nike MLK Day PE collection includes the Nike LeBron 14, Nike Kyrie 3, Nike KD 9, Nike PG 1, Nike LeBron Soldier 10, Nike Zoom Live, Nike Audacity, Nike Hyperdunk, and Nike Zoom Rev 2017.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘N7’

The Nike N7 collection was created to support the Native American Heritage Month. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘N7’ features a combination of white, black and university gold.

The proceeds of the N7 program will go to various sports programs of the Aboriginal and Native American communities.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Rainbow’ PE

According to designer @beensmoove, the ‘Rainbow’ colorway is inspired by the journey of a leprechaun. His Instagram post says, "The journey for any leprechaun is symbolized by the rainbow, the journey has begun, but where will the rainbow lead them?"

The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Rainbow’ PE features a green upper with a multi-colored translucent outsole. Metallic gold accents on the Swoosh and Kyrie logo finishes of the rainbow-inspired Nike basketball shoes.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Raygun’ PE

This PE colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3 is inspired by the memorable Nike SB Dunk Low Raygun that was launched in 2005. The Kyrie 3 ‘Raygun’ PE is dressed in a combination of black, orange, yellow, and white.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Shamrock’ PE

During the 2017 offseason, the Cavaliers and Celtics completed a blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. In his first game as a member of the Celtics, Irving wore the ‘Shamrock’ Nike Kyrie 3 PE against his former team. This player exclusive colorway features a black upper with a green shaded toebox filled with Shamrock logos.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Tiffany’ a.k.a. ‘Aqua’

Featuring Tiffany & Co.’s shade of blue-green throughout, the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Tiffany’ takes pride in empowering women. This monochromatic rendition of the Kyrie 3 features a hyper turquoise hue with a special swirling pattern on the side panel.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Time To Shine’

To celebrate March Madness 2017, Nike basketball launched four new colorways of the Nike Kyrie 3, Nike LeBron 14, Nike KD 9, and Nike PG 1. The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Time To Shine’ features a Pure Platinum/Multicolor-Volt combination that is finished off with an iridescent Swoosh.

Nike Kyrie 3 UConn PE

To celebrate their 91st consecutive win, Nike rewarded the UConn Huskies with a player exclusive colorway of the Nike Kyrie 3. The UConn PE features a gray hue and comes in a custom made box. The commemorative pack includes a t-shirt and other inserts that honor the longest winning streak in NCAA basketball history.

Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Yeezy’

During Kyrie Irving’s Asia tour, he broke out a unique pair of Kyrie 3s. Created via NIKEiD, this yin-yang style color blocking was inspired by the Nike Yeezy 2 ‘Solar Red’ and ‘Pure Platinum’ colorways.

Sneaker Room X Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mom’ Pack

Sneaker Room, a sleek boutique in New Jersey, unveiled the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mom’ edition to pay tribute to all the moms around the world. Limited to just 300 pairs (250 red and 50 gold editions), these specially designed Kyrie basketball shoes feature a large rose embroidery and a unique tongue logo that reads ‘Mom’ on the tongue.


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