Kyrie Irving dropped a double nickel scoring night on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers yesterday, adding to the friendly rivalry that includes Lillard sinking a game-winning three against the Cavaliers. While both players have different styles of play, there are quite a few similarities between the two.
For instance, both players are similar in age, both play point guard for winning teams, both play sidekick to their respective “La’s” (LeBron and LaMarcus,) and both have recently launched their first signature shoes, that also happen to be affordable. Let’s delve into the Nike and adidas signature shoes for design inspirations and colorways:
Nike Kyrie 1
The Nike Kyrie 1 retails for $110, and was created by Nike Basketball designer Leo Chang.
The entire design process was to focus on Irving’s quick first step and speed, meaning his first signature shoe had to be light, but still feature great traction to handle Kyrie’s quickness. All of that is evident through the herringbone that climbs up the outsole and onto the sidewalls. This jagged traction takes inspiration from the Sydney Opera House, a landmark relating to the fact that Kyrie was born in Australia. Further tech includes Zoom Air in the forefoot as well as a Hyperfuse upper.
Aesthetic details include Kyrie’s number 2 on the heel, Irving’s logo on the outer part of the tongue with his signature in the inner part, and Kyrie’s signature just below the aforementioned logo.
adidas D Lillard 1
The adidas D Lillard 1 retails for $105, and was sketched by adidas global basketball designer, Robbie Fuller.
The sneaker was designed with low-top modernity and affordability in mind (so no Boost technology.) Both are points of emphasis that Lillard specifically mentioned wanting. In terms of tech, the shoe features full length adiprene+ and a TECHFIT tongue and inner bootie. Every colorway seems to utilize different materials like nubuck, leather and other synthetics.
Aesthetic cues that relate to Lillard include his logo on the heel of the left shoe, as well as “DAME” written on the right tongue. Each colorway features four lines of rap relating to the background of each shoe, a nod to the #4BarFriday contest Lillard holds on Instagram.
What’s interesting is that the colorways above from both athlete’s have similar stories (All-Star, BHM,) and colors (‘Deceptive Red’ vs. ‘Rose City’, ‘Dream’ vs. ‘Away’).
With all of that said, I’d love to hear from you guys. Who is a better player now? Who will have the better career? (Stats wise and/or championships.) And most importantly, who has the best first signature shoe? Let us know in the comments below.
Stay tuned to WearTesters for a performance review on both sneakers.