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Nike Pays Homage to the Roswell Rayguns With a New Sneaker Collection

Nike is honoring the Roswell Rayguns — a fictional American Basketball Association team led by the time-traveling Dr. Funk and a crew of All-Star hoopers — with a new sneaker collection releasing soon.

The brand’s “Rayguns” collection includes new takes on four basketball models including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving’s current Kyrie 7 signature shoe, the outdoor-specific Air Raid hoops shoe and the Air Force 1 Low and the Blazer Mid basketball-turned-lifestyle silhouettes.

The first two pairs feature a stealthy black-based color scheme with bold orange and yellow accents throughout the uppers. Tying into the Rayguns theme is the signature alien mascot embroidered on the Air Raid’s tongue and on the heel of the Kyrie 7. Furthering the Rayguns theme is the name of the fictional team stamped on the footbed, while a contrasting black and white midsole and outsole complete the look.

Nike Kyrie 7 'Rayguns'
The lateral side of the Nike Kyrie 7 “Rayguns.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nike
Nike Air Raid 'Rayguns'
The lateral side of the Nike Air Raid “Rayguns.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nike

The last two pairs are flipped from the aforementioned styles with a predominantly white color palette — but the vibrant orange and yellow hits remain intact. According to the shoe’s product descriptions, both styles celebrate the 1970s by featuring a vintage-styled Swoosh design along with other subtle details such as the Roswell Rayguns and basketball logos stamped on the heel.

The Nike “Rayguns” collection will be released via the SNKRS app and at select Nike Sportswear retailers on Jan. 15, 2021, with retail prices ranging from $110 to $145.

Nike Air Force 1 Low 'Rayguns'
The lateral side of the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Rayguns.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nike
Nike Blazer Mid 'Rayguns'
The lateral side of the Nike Blazer Mid “Rayguns.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nike
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