Bonded through the shared tragedy of losing their mothers at early ages, Kyrie Irving and Sneakerroom founder Suraj Kaufman have forged a tight-knit bond that has resulted in one of the more celebrated series of footwear drops of the last decade. The two have worked with Nike to design special edition colorways of Kyrie Irving signature shoes, each decorated in a loving mix of reds, pinks, and golds to mirror their everlasting love for their mothers. For 2022 and the Kyrie 7, the two have decided to take the interpretation to the new level by concocting two colorways inspired by Mother Nature.
Kaufman tells @boardroom “We were talking about mothers and how we come to be: Mother Nature. Mother Earth. Let’s touch that aspect … Let’s touch the elements.” These elements of land, sea, air, and fire are clearly displayed across the two pairs, with illustrations at the heel done in a manner you’d see in children’s books. The Swoosh logos are covered in heart logos, continuing the “I Love You Mom” tradition – one that has transformed into a charitable movement that has raised over half million dollars.
Both pairs will release on snkrroom.com next week; 1,996 pairs of the green + yellow set will be available for $175, and only 525 pairs of the blue + orange edition are priced at $250.