January 4, 2012 BY Aaron Kr. / 30
Earlier tonight, Nike brought us an official introduction to the Chinese Zodiac-inspired ‘Year of the Dragon’ Collection, featuring a number of special edition versions of some of Nike/Jordan Brand’s biggest names in signature kicks. Among the selected few is the Zoom Kobe VII, previewed several times in the past few weeks. Inspired by a combination of Kung-Fu and Kobe’s early childhood days in Italy, the shoe sports an eye catching red/green/yellow color scheme, complete with dragon graphics and the System Supreme insole options. As you can see, the retail version features a yellow dragon on the heel, as opposed to the tonal sample version seen last week, but most other aspects of the look seem to match up. You can check out some detailed shots of the shoe and inserts after the jump, and check back for a release date, as these are expected to be on the way to retail sooner rather than later.
Kobe Bryant appreciates Chinese culture, in particular Chinese Kung Fu. The quest for agility and speed has been integrated into his own athletic art. Drawing inspiration from Kobe’s Italian root and Kung Fu movies filmed in that country, the design team rendered NIKE KOBE VII SYSTEM SUPREME with the signature tri-color of Italy. NIKE KOBE VII SYSTEM SUPREME comes with a cushion printed with Kobe’s exclusive golden Logo, a statement of invincibility. The matrix design on the upper is a special code, spelling the message for Kobe. With his signature and an animated dragon pattern on the counter, this design is impeccable for the Chinese new year.
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I I'm starting to like these colorful shoes no homo and the technology they put into these new kobe and Lebron shoes.. Sick
What's with all the Chinese symbols on Nike? From AF1s, dunks, Kobes, LeBrons to Jordans. Just because of Asia market? So why don't Nike doing Korea or Japanese festivals? I have enough of this gimmick shit.
I would've liked to see more gold accents, like in shoe laces and on the sole. but over all the shoe is pretty dope
This is the first Kobe VII that ive like... well the galaxys but we dont have "official images" on those...
While I like both, I personally like these more than the xmas colorway (and almost feel like this should have been the xmas colorway, seems perfect for that).
kobe tried but man the new jays crush whatever the kobe team was thinking....talking purely design not aesthetically i dont think either shoe is that visually pleasing
while they are dope, the original samples were better a lot better, the teal was like a metallic teal and the dragon was everywhere these don't have any dragon but the little as yellow dragon, and the teal is very dull i need to see these in person