Gather ’round, sneakerheads, because it’s the most wonderful time of year. On Thursday, Nike released the designs of its annual basketball shoe Christmas collection, featuring sneakers by Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and new kid on the block Kyrie Irving. This is the first year Irving’s line has gotten a Christmas design and, boy, did he push the limits of the theme.
Irving’s “KYRIE 2” Christmas-edition sneaker was inspired by the abominable snowman, which explains the ice-inspired colors and zig-zag graphic that’s meant to mimic teeth.
James’s “LEBRON 13” Christmas shoe also plays up the ice theme. His shoe, inspired by “fierce Midwest winters,” has a few more traditional holiday details, such as snowflakes embossed on the shoe’s inside fabric. It also features an icy version of what appears to be his “King James” lion logo as a lace lock, as well as pearlescent blue soles and a shattered ice-inspired “13” on the heel.
Bryant’s “KOBE X” holiday shoe, meanwhile, is pretty much a gift to himself. Besides the flecked red and gold toe, there’s not much that screams Christmas about this shoe. But for the player who recently announced his retirement and who has no chance of gaining another NBA championship ring, the shoe’s depictions of the five he already has is a nice reminder of what he’s accomplished in his 20 seasons with the Lakers.
Finally, we have Durant’s “KD8” Christmas shoe which Nike describes as “a mix of naughty and nice.” It’s a far cry from the egg-nog theme (seriously!) he produced last year. This theme is decidedly darker with its red and black details and textured heel meant to mimic hot coal.
As Nike’s done in past years, the Christmas shoes won’t be available until the day after the holiday on Dec. 26. The shoes can be purchased online and in retail stores around the world.