At first glance, Kyrie Irving’s Kyrie 3 worn in the Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors simply had a lightning bolt detailing on the upper. But once you dig in to the inspiration, one sees Danny Zuko’s 1948 Ford mixed with some leather and way too much hair product.
Irving’s love for the crossroads of music and theater is well documented. The All-Star guard writes “Whiplash” on his sneakers before each game as an homage to the 2014 film about a drummer. He was in the drama club in high school, starring in a play his senior year. He knows all the songs in Rent, the musical which he credits for the appreciation he has today. On Wednesday night, however, all of this came to a front on his exclusive sneakers that featured the same lightning bolt patters that were on John Travolta’s “Grease Lightning” car in the musical Grease.
This Kyrie 3 comes equipped with an all-white upper and midsole with black Swoosh branding, Cool Grey detailing, and University Red accents. Eagle eyes will note the “JBY” (Just Be You) and “H+H” (Hungry and Humble) detailing on the tongue. The shoe is finished off with black, Cool Grey, and white heat maps on a translucent outsole.
While there’s no word on any plans for Nike to sell this sneaker to the masses, it not only received a huge pop on Twitter, it will be tied to Kyrie Irving dropping a playoff career-high 11 assists in a dominating night for the Cavaliers.