Kyrie Irving wears Nike shoes in the first game

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The drama surrounding Kyrie Irving has been painful for many and exhausting for everyone. The controversial point guard returned to the pitch for the first time tonight after serving an eight-game suspension for comments deemed anti-Semitic.

Along with fines and suspensions, Irving lost his signature sneaker contract with Nike. On November 4, the company suspended its relationship with Irving and canceled the launch of its latest signature shoe.

So, naturally, fans and sneakerheads alike were eager to see what shoes Irving would wear on the court tonight. The 7x NBA All-Star opted to wear not one but two older pairs of shoes from his signature Nike sneaker line.

Nike Kybrid S2 ‘What The’

Ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Irving warmed up in the Nike Kybrid S2 in the “What The” colorway. The shoes released in September 2020 for $140.

The Nike Kybrid S2 “What The” incorporates design cues from previous colorways in a hybrid silhouette that borrows from Irving’s 4th, 5th and 6th signature shoes.

Nike Kyrie 1

Kyrie Irving wearing the Nike Kyrie 1.

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During the game, Irving wore the Nike Kyrie 1 in a player-exclusive colorway. However, they are very similar to the Nike Kyrie 1 “Deceptive Red”, which was released in January 2015 for $110.

The Twitter account @itstheshorts tweeted a close-up photo of Irving’s Nike Kyrie 1s. Irving drew two Xs on the side of the shoe and wrote, “I love my blackness” on the gold Swoosh logo. Additionally, Irving has written “A11even Tribe” on the side of the midsole.

Stick with FanNationKicks.com to follow Irving’s sneaker saga, as well as the rest of the shoe world.

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