Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nike Kyrie 5 X SpongeBob SquarePants Collaboration Rumored to be on the Way

Continuing the trend of strange but awesome shoe collaborations, Nike may be releasing a crossover with a beloved cartoon character under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants!


Earlier this year, the shoe model’s namesake, Boston Celtics Point Guard Kyrie Irving told Complex about several TV-themed collabs he had in the works, including a pair linked to SpongeBob SquarePants. That's seemingly been confirmed with this first look at a unique make-up that pulls its palette directly from the cartoon's lead character.

A first-look of the bold yellow pair was shared earlier today via @leo_zd_37 on Instagram, and by the looks of it, it takes clear inspiration from the show’s lead character and his iconic look.


The upcoming Kyrie 5 colorway, dubbed the KYRIE 5 X SpongeBob, features a full yellow-bodied upper with golden dot “spongey” accents decorated throughout to mimic SpongeBob’s porous body. The gum soles feature a red, white and brown scheme that mimics the colors of SpongeBob’s iconic tie, shirt and squarepants combo. Finishing the design is Kyrie’s insignia on the tongue tab, a wavy, sponge style Nike swoosh, and the Nickelodeon logo atop the Flytrap midfoot wrap, all of which suggests that this is an official project.

NBA star Irving and Nike recently released a Kyrie 5 inspired by his favorite show Friends. It's also been reported that Irving is a huge fan of SpongeBob and even quotes some episodes word-for-word in his teams' training rooms. Irving is also slated to be working on a Family Guy edition of Nike Kyrie 5's.

In addition to TV series, Irving also recently released “Mamba Mentality” (for Mamba Day 2019) and “Have a Nike Day” editions of his signature Nike Kyrie 5 silhouette.

As of now, no official photos or release date has been shared for the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired Nike Kyrie 5, while the image above isn't even guaranteed to be the final version of the shoe, but Irving initially implied that there would be a Patrick Star colorway, so this pair may be part of a multi-shoe pack in the works. Keep an eye out for updates here as soon as more about this collaboration is announced.

Update (6/13) - It has been confirmed that the Nike Kyrie 5 X SpongeBob SquarePants Collaboration will feature a pair styled after Patrick Star, with Nickelodeon hinting that they'll also be pairs styled on Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks! New on-foot images of of the SpongeBob and Patrick kicks have also been released!

The "Patrick" Kyrie 5 is highlighted by it's pink construction, yellow midsole and "Patrick Star" detailing behind the tongue. Both the SpongeBob and Patrick kicks come equipped with Nickelodeon branding on the tongue shroud with "NIKE" text on the heel inspired by the show title's font. Release details have not yet been announced, although Nick has revealed that they should be released this summer, so stay tuned for more info.

Additionally, on Instagram, Nickelodeon has hinted that Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks will also be getting their own kicks, with the network releasing the famous NIKE ticks stylized after each character!

Continue scrolling for some on-foot images of both Kyrie 5s, as seen on the feet of WNBA stars Tina Charles and Odyssey Sims, as well as the SpongeBob-ified NIKE ticks!:


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images


This year marks the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, and Nickelodeon are commemorating 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants with "Best Year Ever", a year-long global celebration of one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created. The “Best Year Ever” includes with the premiere of “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an original mixed live-action and animated special, and leads up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, coming summer 2020.

It’s SpongeBob’s birthday in “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” which features for the first time the celebrated voice talent behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton playing live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice. In the one-hour special, Patrick and SpongeBob journey to the surface world, where they come across a few familiar characters during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. Meanwhile, the Bikini Bottom residents set up a surprise party for SpongeBob. The special, premiering Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA, also features special guest stars, including David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Jack Griffo (The Thundermans), Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad), and Kel Mitchell (All That, Game Shakers).

SpongeBob launched July 17, 1999, and has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.

Nickelodeon also recently revealed plans for a series of SpongeBob SquarePants spin-offs.

“That’s our Marvel Universe,” Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said in February. “You have this amazing show that’s run for almost twenty years.”

Robbins pledged that the network would still continue to make our favorite yellow sponge. They’re simply looking to expand on the idea.

As far as spinoff options go, Robbins states they may be looking to “tell an original story about SpongeBob and Patrick, or maybe tell a Sandy Cheeks stand-alone story, or can Plankton have his own? I think the fans are clamoring for it.”

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Originally published: Friday, May 24, 2019.

Sources: Sole Collector, HotNewHipHop (II), Sneaker News, Sneaker Bar Detroit, Cleveland.com, HYPEBEAST.
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