Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving pushes the boundaries of Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion in ways that Dr. James Naismith, credited with inventing the game of basketball, never would have imagined. This movement informs the unique architecture of Irving’s second signature shoe, the KYRIE 2, complete with a first-of-its-kind curved midsole and outsole, designed to enhance intense banking and cutting.
"KYRIE’S KILLER CROSSOVER DRIBBLE"
Here, John Brenkus, creator and host of ESPN Sport Science, helps explain Irving’s game through Newtonian physics. Irving has one of the most devastating crossover dribbles the game has ever seen.
“With an average ball speed of 21 miles per hour — nearly twice as fast as an average NBA player’s dribble — Kyrie can complete a crossover in less than one-third of a second,” says Brenkus.
Pushing off the court with 770 pounds of force at a sharp 40-degree angle, Irving can experience four g’s of acceleration during the crossover. (To put this number in perspective, that’s a g-force greater than the average astronaut experiences during a rocket launch). In other words: Irving needs footwear that performs under extreme pressure. That's the ultimate aim of the designers of KYRIE 2.
In doing so, they infused the following elements in the shoe:
1. Midfoot Strap
The strap is designed to suck your heel back into the shoe and keeps it secure, whether you’re accelerating or decelerating. Similar to how a boxer doesn’t want his hand to move inside the glove when it hits his opponent, Irving’s feet should feel snug when they reconnect with the ground.
2. Hyperfuse Upper
Hyperfuse is an innovative upper construction that blends durability, breathability, and lightweight stability for a superior footwear performance whenever a player cuts hard to the basket.
3. Advanced Traction
The unique outsole traction pattern promotes topnotch grip on a variety of surfaces when Irving is attacking at all angles . It envelopes the forefoot sidewalls, spanning the entire bottom surface of the KYRIE 2 much like an all-terrain tire that can adapt to any surface.
4. Heel Zoom Air Cusioning
Zoom Air in the heel is also utilized to transition Irving faster from heel to toe during acceleration while also providing impact protection during deceleration and vertical movements.
5. Dynamic Ankle Support
The ankle support of KYRIE 2 has a wavelike pattern that promotes natural foot movement with sufficient support. But you can adjust the strap to suit your need.
Release Date in the Philippines:
Kyrie 2 Inferno, release date: last week January 7, 2016
Kyrie 2 Christmas, release date: December 26, 2015
Kyrie 2 "Kyrie Effect", release date: December 17, 2015
Store Availability, you may want to check out the following stores:
NIKE PARK SM MOA
NIKE PARK THE FORT
NIKE STADIUM GLORIETTA
NIKE STADIUM ROCKWELL
TITAN GLORIETTA 5
TITAN UP TOWN
TITAN TWO PARKADE
Kyrie 2 Black History Month (BHM) : 7,495 Php
Kyrie 2 Inferno: 6,595 Php
Kyrie 2 Christmas: 7,645 Php
Kyrie 2 "Kyrie Effect" : 6,595 Php