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beautiful silhouette. One that felt different than Kobe Bryant's kicks or even LeBron James'. Irvin

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Kyrie Irving of the Eastern Conference All-Stars sneakers during NBA All-Star Practice as part of 2015 All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowled

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Kyrie Irving is a superstar. This season, he's transformed into the MVP-caliber point guard many of us expected to see right out of Duke University.

A recipe of vibrant handling, concise shooting and fierce slashing ability has given Irving a new lease on life—a lease that includes a Celtics uniform. The Eastern Conference-leading, 18-4 Celtics are his team. Boston is his city. Doubters and haters? They must all answer to the mask.

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 20:  Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics celebrates against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 20, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or u

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The journey from Duke to Cleveland to Beantown has not only etched Irving's name into a new category of on-court performance, but it's also enhanced his worth to Nike considering the brand bet on him in the form of a signature sneaker three years ago.

In December 2014, the Kyrie 1 was the first wave to reach shore. It set the stage for follow-up models and set the aesthetic tone for what we could expect out of Camp Kyrie.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: A detailed view of Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers' sneakers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Invented from a blank slate, Nike designer Leo Chang—famous for his work on Kevin Durant's line—took the lead. Chang was commissioned with developing a shoe that could complement Irving's explosive physics and drive-to-the-basket quickness.

Leo Chang's sketches of the Kyrie 1.

Leo Chang's sketches of the Kyrie 1.Image courtesy of Nike.

Providing Irving with the tools needed to improve his game was part of Nike's signature process—as it remains with others.

When you think about the terms "quick" and "explosive," one's mind progresses toward the outer banks of a sneaker's structural weight and balance. This is especially prevalent for a player who obliterates defenders like Irving.

However, traction became the focal point of the Kyrie 1.

CHICAGO,IL :  Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers laces up his sneakers prior to the game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2015 in Chicago,Il

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A 360-degree pattern was laser-engraved on the sole and carefully brushed up against the sidewall. This design was meant to help keep athletes locked onto the hardwood. "I’d say under the right conditions, the traction is excellent," Wear Testers' Nightwing2303 wrote.

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