Nike officially revealed the first detailed images of the Kyrie 5 “Ikhet”- a collaboration between the Swoosh and notorious Boston streetwear shop, CNCPTS. Kyrie himself gave a preview of the shoe on Complex’s ‘Sneaker Shopping’. CNCPTS has been responsible for some of the most iconic Nike collaborations in the past decade, including the legendary Nike SB ‘Lobster’ collection. More recently, the ‘Lobster’ motif had graced the Kyrie 4 in limited Green and Yellow colorways.
This collaboration brings the Boston Celtics star together with the most iconic shop in the city, with inspiration from Kyrie’s all-seeing eye Hamsa hand tattoo as the launching point. The tattoo is already a major theme of the Kyrie 5’s design, so Concepts Creative Director Deon Point wanted to dive deeper. By researching ancient Egyptian culture, he realized the close comparison between the shoe and the iconic pyramids. While both are incredibly durable, iconic designs, they are also precise in every detail- perfected to the point of exhaustion.
The Kyrie 5 already features an incredible meshing of aesthetic and function, with unique flytrap lacing and groovy texturing over the entirety of the shoe which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offers incredible grip on court. With the “Ikhet” colorway, we see the design brought to its full potential.
A sand-colored upper contrasts wildly with a partially translucent candy purple sole unit, which is meant to mirror the sunset reflecting off the pyramids. Grooves/mesh throughout the shoe represent motion of the desert, with Egyptian calligraphy adorning the heel tabs. The bright red tongue alludes to the Sphinx’s nose prior to its disappearance. The shoe is finished off with both Concepts and Kyrie logoing on the tongue and sole, and a diamond-esque Swoosh.
You can expect to see Kyrie donning this solid collaboration on court soon, and the pair will be available to purchase via Nike and Concepts (online) on December 26. While performance shoe collaborations aren’t always the most wearable, this shoe is flashy on and off the court.