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Kyrie Irving gets a personalized edition of Nike’s Hyperdunk 2013 (PHOTOS)

Sep 2, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley AP

I first saw Nike’s new Hyperdunk 2013 that was designed specifically for Kyrie Irving while covering USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas back in July. Irving had just finished the camp’s first day of activities wearing them, and while the shoe itself had been around in multiple colorways, the uniqueness of this particular pair definitely stood out.

It isn’t unusual for players to get specialized versions of a sneaker made just for them, and that’s what I thought these would be at the time. But the good folks at Nike decided to release them to the public for purchase over the weekend, and they gave us a little insight into the design process.

From the official release:

“Irving’s past and future is the main theme of Irving’s 2013 Hyperdunk as told through color and material. Born in Melbourne, Australia, where his father, Drederick, played professional basketball, Irving is proud of his roots. The green-toned teal and volt colorway is a futuristic take on Australia’s National basketball team colorway of green and yellow.  Featured on the tongue and lining is a “wave” graphic that depicts the story of his travels overseas from Melbourne to New Jersey.

“From a design standpoint, Nike used inspiration from Irving’s off-court style highlighted by his admiration for rich, rustic materials with a modern flair. That insight is excentuated in the upper through a contemporary texture with a subtle metallic finish.”

The press photos appear in the gallery below, along with one I took of Irving’s personal pair that I got to see up close. They’re out of stock at the moment, but check back here if you’re looking to pick up a pair for yourself in the future.

  1. onlyavoice - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Like I Want A Pair Of Shoes Made By A Guy That Is A Ball Hog,
    Plays ZERO Defense & Is Hurt More That Healthy.
    This Is The Bad Hype Player Of The NBA.

    • stadix093 - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Brandon Knight is that you? Come on bro come clean.

      • skinsfanwill - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        I’m dying laughing stadix093. That was funny as hell. And those kicks are terrible. Give the man an air bubble or something.

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