This year’s All-Star offerings from Nike were interesting to say the least. Gone were the colorful and abstract releases that characterized the past several years. For the NBA’s return to New York, Nike took inspiration from the monotone beauty (or banality depending on who you ask) of several historic landmarks in the city and used them to “color” each shoe of their signature athletes. For the Nike Kyrie 1, they took their cues from the legendary City Hall Subway Station that now only exists if you really pay attention to your train route. I doubt the “blink or you’ll miss it” is what Nike was going for with the Kyrie 1 AS because surely they want people noticing the shoe (and buying them in bunches), but if they were looking for a shoe that personifies the coldness and the hidden mysteries of the city, they succeeded.

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