UPDATE: (December 23, 2019):
Concepts has officially revealed its Nike Kyrie 6 collaborations. Arriving in both a “Khepri” and a kids-only “Golden Mummy” style, each pair continues Concepts and Kyrie Irving’s long-running Ancient Egyptian theme.
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The Concepts x Nike KYRIE 6 Khepri, named after the Egyptian solar diety represented by the scarab beetle, the god of creation, Khepri is associated with resurrection and known for rolling the sun above the horizon each morning and carrying it through the other world after sunset. The Concepts x Nike KYRIE 6 Khepri will be available with exclusive Concepts packaging on Friday (12/27) in Boston and New York (10AM) & CNCPTS.COM (11AM EST). Sizes 3.5-13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 will be available for $140.
Named after an Egyptian solar diety that’s represented by the scurrying scarab beetle, the “Khepri” features a reddish-pink and blue colorway with a translucent, graphic-equipped midfoot strap. Kepri also controls the lunar cycle, as it’s responsible for lifting the sun into the horizon in the morning and carrying it back through the astral world after sunset — hence the shoe’s mix of warm and cool hues. From a more literal standpoint, Khepri means “to transform,” a fitting inspiration as Irving’s NBA career has been one of change and evolution, leading up to his current position as the floor general of the Brooklyn Nets. This style also comes packaged in a special box.
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The kids-exclusive Concepts x KYRIE 6 Golden Mummy pays homage to Concepts' founding in 1996 and the discovery of the Valley of Mummies that same year. Metallic gold finishes reference the riches within the tombs, while a series of hieroglyphs remind us how much more there is to be written as the future unfolds. The Concepts x Nike KYRIE 6 Golden Mummy will be available in preschool and grade school sizes on Friday (12/27) in Concepts’ Boston (350 Boylston Street) and New York (225 Hudson Street) locations at 10am and CNCPTS.COM at 11:00am (est).
Meanwhile, the kid-sized “Golden Mummy” pays homage to the riches often found inside ancient Egyptian tombs with its opulent hues and coffin-style winged strap. Hieroglyphs spread around the upper nod to the next chapters of Kyrie’s story, and an aqua blue Swoosh provides contrasting detail. The inspiration behind this design comes full circle: Concepts was founded in 1996, the same year that the Valley of Mummies was discovered in Egypt and sparked renewed interest in Egyptian history. Both styles also present details like a highly-textured heel and a two-tone midsole stuffed with ZoomX cushioning, ensuring that the on-court performance stacks up to the looks.
The Concepts x Nike Kyrie 6 “Khepri” and “Golden Mummy” release December 27 in Concepts’ Boston and New York locations, as well as on the Concepts webstore. Men’s sizes of the “Khepri” are priced at $140 USD, while the kids-sized “Golden Mummy” retails for $110 USD (grade school) and $80 USD (preschool).
Original Story (December 20, 2019):
Concepts has provided a sneak peek at a new Nike Kyrie 6 collaboration, the latest release from its long-running partnership with Kyrie Irving. This marks the two’s fourth collaborative effort, arriving after 2018’s Kyrie 4 “Green Lobster,” and this year’s Kyrie 5 “Ikhet” and “Orion’s Belt.”
Ranging from seafood to ancient Egypt, the partners have covered a wide swath of ground with their co-created shoes — and the desert-centric teaser images indicate that this pair may continue to explore Kyrie’s fascination with classical Egyptian culture. These images show little more than the lateral quarter, the top and the sole’s all-seeing eye print. However, early reports have this released pegged as a “Pink Tint/Guava Ice” colorway, with the Nile River location tag on Concepts’ Instagram posts about the sneaker nodding to its possible inspiration.
The Concepts x Nike Kyrie 6 has been rumored to release on December 27, but a date has yet to be confirmed by Concepts or Nike.
While you await more info, check out this Foamposite covered in miniature reflective Swooshes and get the scoop on Kobe Bryant‘s classic Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Chaos,” set to return in January.