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KYRIE 1 Flytrap Basketball Shoe Captures Deceptive Quickness

KYRIE 1 Flytrap shoe inspired by the deceptive quickness of a Venus flytrap plant.

Watch a Venus flytrap snatch its prey with deadly precision after patiently lying in wait, and you can see the parallels to All-Star Kyrie Irving. The dynamic point guard strikes with deceptive speed after freezing opponents with his hypnotic ball handling, again and again.

Venus flytrap, inspiration for the new KYRIE 1 Flytrap colorway.

When Nike designer Leo Chang and team began designing the KYRIE 1 basketball shoe, the goal was to build a shoe capable of responding to Irving’s tremendous speed and quickness. The KYRIE 1 needed to be light and responsive with the best traction Nike Basketball could develop to facilitate Irving’s prolific first step. 




The KYRIE 1 delivers three primary performance benefits: pinpoint responsiveness with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, outstanding grip with a 360-degree dynamic traction pattern and ultra support with Hyperfuse construction.  

The KYRIE 1 Flytrap unites that innovation with a colorway story about the Venus flytrap’s split second attack. The shoe’s green-and-mango color scheme are inspired by the hues of a Venus flytrap plant. 

KYRIE 1 Flytrap outsole.
KYRIE 1 Flytrap heel counter and #2 in Irving's handwriting.

As Nike Basketball’s latest signature athlete, Irving and his first shoe live up to the performance and storytelling expectations set by previous signature kicks.

  • The new Kyrie Irving logo on the shoe’s tongue represents his inner strength and hunger to learn.

  • Hand-written details in Irving’s penmanship: #2 on the upper heel along with his personal signature on the inside of the tongue.

  • The jagged pattern on the wrapped traction near the toe and heel counter with architectural angles are both inspired by the opera house in Irving’s homeland of Australia.

  • The acronym “JBY” that sits beneath Irving’s new logo on the outsole stands for “Just Be You,” a motto that Irving hopes inspires kids as they establish their own unique identities.

KYRIE 1 Flytrap Collection features shoes, T-shirt and hat.

The KYRIE 1 Flytrap shoes, t-shirt and hat is available globally at and select retail locations on Feb. 26.