Kyrie Irving’s latest low price signature model is paying off for Nike. While discussing goals and results for the Swoosh on its Q3 2017 earnings call, Nike Brand President Trevor Edwards crowned Irving as the current king of basketball footwear. “The Kyrie 3 launched in December and now is the top-selling performance basketball shoe in the marketplace,” Edwards said.
LeBron James, perhaps Nike’s premier pitchman, said Wednesday he was aware of the shoe company’s tumbling stock after weaker-than-expected sales in its latest earnings report. And he didn’t sound too worried. “Uh, listen, at the end of the day if Nike hits the fan then we’re all in trouble,” James said. “Everybody.”
The Heat’s starting shooting guard, who was injured late in the first half of last Friday’s win over Minnesota when he landed awkwardly on the foot of T’Wolves forward Gorgui Dieng, said he’s been wearing low top sneakers for years and believes the injury would have happened to him regardless of his footwear. “That’s all I’ve been wearing my whole career,” said Waiters, who wears the low-top Kobe A.D. model by Nike. “It’s hard to adjust. Even if you go back to college, I wore low tops. I like low tops. Even though I play the way I play and attack the rim and things like that, these type of things happen if you have high tops on. It happens.”
The now-annual Air Jordan 11 release has become a holiday tradition in recent times, and serves as one of the most highly anticipated sneakers of each year. The most recent launch of the “Space Jam” Air Jordan 11 took things a step further, becoming not only the biggest release of 2016, but Nike’s biggest release ever, topping the the previous year’s Air Jordan 11 “72-10.”
Seth Curry told The Vertical Podcast with Woj. Riding to the game with dad also meant they could sneak in a few shots at the Charlotte Coliseum. Because of that childhood story, Under Armour created matching sneakers in anticipation of Tuesday night’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks. It’s the sixth time that Stephen and Seth have faced each other in the NBA, and the first time they’ll wear the special-edition shoes.
They will wear the “Family Business” Under Armour Curry 3, with the elder Curry in his trusty mid-cut pair, and Seth in a low-top edition. The sneakers are styled in shades of Warriors royal blue and the Mavericks’ unique hue of light royal. Fittingly, there’s a “Shotgun!!!” seatbelt graphic on the sockliner of each shoe, a playful nod to the front-seat prize from their childhood matchups. Each insole is also made of perforated butterscotch brown leather to mimic their father’s interior seats, with Stephen’s “SC” logo adorning the image of a seatbelt buckle.
Dragic said he just feels more comfortable in low tops. “Each player is different,” he said. “I wear in my career high tops, mid tops, low tops but the most comfortable that I feel is in low tops. I feel that I can move better. I can explode and everything. It’s maybe just in my head.” As for Waiters, Spoelstra said the swelling remains. “That will be normal,” he said. “Even when he came back and played from the last one he had swelling for a couple of weeks.”