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Dec 4, 2014
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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and ball-handling wizard, Kyrie Irving, now has his own Nike shoes, joining the ranks of Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James

Called the KYRIE 1, the shoe was launched in New York City on the evening of December 3, 2014 (U.S. time) at an exclusive media event hosted by Kenny Smith with guests Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway. Kyrie will debut the shoe tomorrow, December 5, at a game against the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden.

So, if you're a fan of Uncle Drew, you know you've got to tune in. In the meantime, have a look at these hoppin', new hoop shoes in its "Deceptive Red" colorway:

The shoe was designed by Leo Chang, the same guy behind Kevin Durant's line. His goal was to create a shoe that matched Irving's blinding speed and quickness. It had to be light, bold, and responsive. It also had to be fitted with the best traction that Nike Basketball could come up with in order to keep up with Irving's explosive first step.

From a performance standpoint, the KYRIE 1 is said to offer a responsive feel with Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot, a tight, dynamic grip with a 360-degree traction pattern, and a supportive yet breathable Hyperfuse upper.

Like many signature basketball shoes today, Kyrie's kicks also offers tidbits of stories all over the shoe. The new Kyrie Irving logo on the shoe’s tongue is said to represent his inner strength and hunger to learn. The "#2" on the upper heel was written in his penmanship along with his signature on the tongue.

Along with this, the jagged pattern on the traction near the toe and heel counter feature architectural angles that are inspired by the Sydney Opera House in Irving’s homeland of Australia. Lastly, the acronym “JBY” that sits beneath Irving’s new logo on the outsole stands for “Just Be You,” a motto that this one-of-a-kind player wants young ballers to adopt as well.

The shoe launches in North America on December 23, but will be available in the Philippines on January 10, 2015, and will have a retail price of P5,795.

Serious sneaker collectors can also look forward to the Christmas colorway, pictured below:

Your thoughts, sneaker heads and Kyrie fans?

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