Just My Thoughts Vol. 4: Kyrie Irving
The Nike Kyrie 1s debuted in 2014 at $115. The Kyrie 2s made their debut in 2015 at $120. Recently, Nike announced that the Kyrie 3s would retail at $120 and I think this is the best news in the sneaker culture right now. In my opinion, Kyrie has a top 3, signature line at the moment and at this price it's only going to gain popularity.
Take into consideration the fact that Kyrie isn't a difficult athlete to like, regardless of which team has your fandom, his sneakers are even easier to be a fan of. Historically, basketball players have made shoes famous because of their aura on and off the court; making it easy for fans to feel comfortable spending money on what their favorite athlete wears. While the best players don't always have the best looking sneakers, it's a special moment when the two run parallel.
When I was growing up, Michael Jordan dominated the game on the court and in every shoe store. No matter the price, the feeling of having "the new Js" was worth it for instrinsic value and validation from your peers. Charles Barkley has been one of the most polarizing figures we've seen in sports, but his sneakers have been a part of the culture since they debuted. I hate hearing Chuck speak on anything to be honest, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't love his signature line; and I'm far from being the only one. Fast forward to a player like Steph Curry who has a line of sneakers that get completely ridiculed because of their look; but sell out because of the name attached and you see how rare it is that the love for both intertwine.
Kyrie Irving, from what I see, which could very well be just a small part of who he is, seems like a great guy. I don't know him personally, so I can't speak to who he really is, but that can be said for every athlete. We rely on what they show us in good and bad times, their behavior on social media, and how their teammates treat them as indicators of who we can fuck with. Couple that with the price of his sneakers, which is relatively cheap compared to other NBA stars, and you get where I am today.
I'm a huge fan of the sneakers because they're aesthetically pleasing, and I'm 'sold' on the retail price as well. My disdain for the Cavaliers aside, Kyrie is good money in my book and I look forward to seeing if the actual design of the Kyrie 3s keep these statements true.