Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 4:05 pm  |  12 responses

Nike Hyperdunk 2012 Kyrie Irving PE (KICKS)

Kyrie gets custom courtesy of the Swoosh.

After winning Rookie of the Year honors in his first season after a shortened, injury plagued campaign at Duke, Kyrie Irving is climbing in status both in the NBA and with Nike. So much in fact that Swoosh hit Kyrie with his very own PE of the performance-laced Nike Hyperdunk 2012.

Sporting Cavs coloring from top to bottom, the sneakers were recently revealed in closer detail during a Nike “Inside Access” spotlight of the young point guard. Executed in a black base, the shoe also features red throughout and yellow branding. A “K” appears on the tongue and the shoe is finished with a speckled midsole.

images via Nike, Inc.

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  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    So Nike slapped a rather lame logo on some designs Kyrie probably dug up from his Nike ID account. Very disappointing. The Hyperdunk in general is not deserving of the young man’s feet if you ask me. That shoe is a marketing ploy not a performance design. hope they do my man better next time around.

  • Shetberd

    Kobe wore hyperdunks all the time, though he was wearing ski boots for a bit too..

  • Bruce Wayne

    Haven’t worn any since the first Hyperdunks in 2010..just curious what’s your beef with them?

  • danpowers

    german kicks lol

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Yeah, because NBA players, especially star players, have to design their shoes on Nike ID like non-NBA players. Even bench warmers get special edition shoes.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I was jesting in a sense. But we are talking about Kyrie Irving here. He’s actually stated that he enjoys coming up with designs on Nike ID. He’s also stated that he likes the Hyperdunk for just that reason. And that is my point. By re-hashing an existing design Nike did not go out of their way for Kyrie creating him a unique shoe. But maybe the genius lies in just that; Being that Kyrie can become the poster child of the Nike ID generation, I don’t know? The logo is still lame, and the shoe not that good if your looking for support and protection.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I only know about these latest re-incarnations of the Hyperdunk. I wrote about my experience a while back. Probably not doing Kyrie any favors with this, but Nike needs to step their game up for him.

    Unofficial review of the hyper dunk:
    Day one: Picked up a pair of what might be considered the most beautiful basketball shoe ever made.
    Got the black and silver.
    Day two: Took them to task in a mild shoot-around. Noticed discomfort on the front ankle from the laces. Thought it might be because of my no-show socks and briefly considered purchasing an entirely new sock collection.
    Day three: Ran some half-court two on two and three on three. Noticed afterwards that the skin on both middle toe knuckles had come off. Briefly considered doubling up on socks which would mean getting a lot of new friggin socks.
    Day four: Woke up ankles sore as heck. The shoes had provided no support at all on my ankles. Briefly considered getting ankle braces on top off a massive amount of mid-cut socks
    Day five: Took them back to the store and exchanged them for some Jordan’s.
    Note: if you’re an old guy like me and you don’t bother taping your ankles I would not encourage you to buy these shoes.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Those earlier HD’s looked a lot more supportive than these new ones. Just to be clear, it’s a gorgeous shoe to look at.

  • Bruce Wayne

    I think the only thing I don’t like about them (this is speaking in terms of looks since I haven’t worn the latest ones) is the super high cut of the shoe, which might also be the issue that bothered you

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    It’s a very lightweight shoe and has little if any padding in the tongue and the upper nose, causing the friction I mentioned. Being that I suffer from osteoarthritis I tend to seek shoes with strong/rigid ankle enclosure. As a matter of fact I’m waiting for the Ektio Breakaways to arrive in the mail. This shoe completely lacks any rigid elements around the neck and my joints were very painful and stiff as a result. Something that I didn’t suffer from in my teens and twenties. I can understand though, with the comfort and lightness, why these shoes are very appealing. That’s why I got them initially.

  • Dr. Funk

    First Hyperdunks came out in 2008.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Was referring to the first pair I wore