ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer
Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Earth'
Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Earth'
Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Earth'
Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Earth'

Sneaker Room and Kyrie Irving Debut the Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Nature' Collection
Release: TBC

One may be a mercurial point guard for the Brooklyn Nets while the other is an owner of Jersey City, NJ-based sneaker boutique Sneaker Room, but Kyrie Irving and Suraj Kaufman are fast friends who bonded over their shared roots and a shared experience – namely the unthinkable tragedy of losing their mothers to cancer. Kyrie and Kaufman have celebrated their late mothers and raised funds for charity twice before, teaming up for loving takes on the Kyrie 3 and Kyrie 6, and now they're back with their third colab: a Kyrie 7 dubbed 'Mother Nature'.

Where the first two Sneaker Room x Nike Kyrie colabs were more overt homages to mothers everywhere, the 'Mother Earth' takes a different tack. It looks to Kyrie Irving's close relationship with the Standing Rock Sioux – a Native American tribe that his mother was a member of, and that he became an official member of in 2021 – and the four elements: land, sea, air and fire.

'This year, we wanted to take it to another level', Kaufman said in an interview with Boardroom. 'Kyrie, being part Native American and doing so much with Standing Rock, the tribe that his mom belonged to – we were talking about mothers and how we come to be: Mother Nature. Mother Earth. Let’s touch that aspect, and not be so symbolic of just a red heart, or using gold if that’s what you’d give as a gift. Let’s touch the elements'.

These elements are split across the two mismatched pairs in the collection – one of which offers an orange shoe and a blue shoe, the other of which supplies a green shoe and a yellow shoe. Each features a playful heel illustration of a flower or a Swoosh-bodied butterfly, and all feature the signature Sneaker Room x Nike Kyrie heart print across their midfoot Swooshes, plus unique embellishments on the forefoot eyestays and tongues.

Expect both pairs of the Sneaker Room x Nike Kyrie 7 'Mother Earth' to release exclusively at Sneaker Room next week (an exact date has yet to be revealed). The green/yellow set is limited to 1,996 pairs and priced at $175, while the blue/orange set is limited to 525 pairs and priced at $250. 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to charity as well, continuing an effort that has raised over $500,000 for the Jersey City Medical Center and community-based programs in New Jersey.

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