The AR1 "Stars & Stripes" release is a testament to the powerful collaboration between Austin Reaves, the rising NBA star, and Rigorer, a brand rapidly making its mark on the footwear industry. Austin, known for his electrifying on-court performances and unwavering love for the game, has embarked on a remarkable journey as an athlete, from going undrafted to now being a key figure on the Los Angeles Lakers and Team USA's national team. This release draws inspiration from Austin's Team USA jersey, a tribute to his current role as an integral part of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. This release, in partnership with global marketplace KICKS CREW (the exclusive AR1 retailer), extends far beyond being a mere signature sneaker; it symbolizes the core values and unwavering dedication that propel Austin's achievements as an exceptional player on the international stage.
Born and raised in Arkansas, USA, Austin Reaves honed his basketball skills during college, making his mark with the Wichita State Shockers and the Oklahoma Sooners. Despite going undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft, Austin's unyielding determination only grew stronger. His journey first took a remarkable in August 2021 when the Los Angeles Lakers gave him a spot on their roster. This summer, Austin signed a max contract with the organization, a testament to their unwavering faith in his abilities. As he silenced the skeptics with standout performances throughout the regular season and playoffs, it became clear that passing on him was a mistake.
Today, Austin Reaves is not only a pivotal figure for the Los Angeles Lakers but also a key player on Team USA for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and the AR1 "Stars & Stripes" release is a celebration of that. His relentless pursuit of excellence and impressive journey from an undrafted player to a max-contract star has captured the hearts of fans worldwide, making him a symbol of unwavering dedication to the game of basketball.
PERFORMANCE MEETS STYLE: UNVEILING THE AR1'S FEATURES
The Rigorer AR1 is more than just a sneaker; it's a powerhouse designed to enhance the game of every athlete who laces it up to take their performance to new heights.
COCOON UPPER: EMBRACING CONSTANT GROWTH
The Woven Cocoon Upper, infused with symbolism, represents Austin Reaves' continuous growth on and off the court - it offers a perfect balance of breathability and lockdown support. The cocoon-inspired design allows air to flow freely around your feet, keeping them cool and comfortable during intense moments on the court. Simultaneously, the snug fit of the upper ensures a secure fit, enhancing stability and preventing slippage during quick movements and cuts.
RESPONSIVE CUSHIONING: BOUNCING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Rigorer's latest innovation, the ShowTime Tech Foam Midsole, is expertly crafted with players like Austin Reaves in mind. Encapsulated in an EVA foam, this cutting-edge midsole is tailored to meet the demands of athletes who crave a low-court feel without compromising energy return. With every explosive move and lightning-quick transition, the ShowTime Tech Foam unleashes an instant burst of energy, propelling players like Austin to new heights on the court.
LOCKDOWN SUPPORT: GUARDING YOUR MOVES
Rigorer's commitment to player safety and performance is evident in their meticulous design, incorporating innovative features like Front Sidewall TPU panels, Heel TPU, and Anti-Skid Heels. Front Sidewall TPU panels on the lateral sides elevate forefoot lockdown, eradicating foot slippage and ensuring athletes stay firmly planted during quick cuts and lateral movements. Meanwhile, the Heel TPU enhances heel stability upon landing, protecting against severe ankle injuries. Additionally, the Anti-Skid Heel, an ingenious lining within the heel collar, takes heel lockdown to the next level, reducing the risk of injuries and providing players with the confidence to unleash their full potential on the court.
THE INSPIRATION: TEAM USA
The highly anticipated AR1 "Stars & Stripes" launch signifies a significant milestone in Austin's signature shoe line, marking its second release. This latest edition boasts a captivating USA-themed colorway inspired by his Team USA jersey for the FIBA World Cup, masterfully blending the timeless and patriotic hues of white, red, and blue from the American flag. This release is not merely a regular release; it's a heartfelt tribute to the storied history of Team USA, commemorating their past triumphs while aligning with their current pursuit of recapturing that glory in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. With every step, wearers of the AR1 "Stars & Stripes" will embody the spirit of Team USA, walking in the footsteps of champions past and present. Accompanying the release is a meticulously crafted, specially designed carrying case that will also include a pair of performance socks.