Wednesday April 27th, 2016

Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands unveil in key basketball sneakers.

Brand: Nike

Sneaker: Kyrie 2

Signature athlete: Kyrie Irving

Colorway: Red Velvet

Story: When Kyrie Irving opts for cake, he chooses red velvet. The latest colorway of his signature sneaker from Nike, the Kyrie 2, goes all red to celebrate his cake of choice. The deep red plays on multiple materials throughout the sneaker, with the most velvet-feeling portion on the heel, along with his #2. Kyrie’s logo appears on the front of the tongue, while his signature gets tucked inside the tongue. The Kyrie 2 Red Velvet launches on Thursday, April 28.

courtesy Nike

courtesy Nike

courtesy Nike

courtesy Nike

Tim Newcomb covers sports aesthetics—stadiums to sneakers—and training for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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