March 15, 2012 BY John Kim / 34
Nike Basketball has officially unveiled the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite in the Home and Away colorways, sitting side-by-side above. While Sneaker News first broke the news on both the Home and Away versions of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite (and the LeBron 9 Elite Home, the LeBron 9 Elite Away, the Hyperdunk 2011 Elite Home…you get the point), this detailed look gives us a great view of what makes this shoe an ‘Elite’ model. Just like the LeBron 9 Elite and Hyperdunk 2011 Elite, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite is given a structural boost with carbon fiber heel counters and mid-foot shank plates and displayed so elegantly with the golden details on the Swoosh, Kobe shozoku logo, and Flywire embedded beneath the newly-designed snakeskin upper. Arriving at Nike Basketball retailers this April 28th and debuting on Kobe Bryant’s feet in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite will break records as the highest priced and highest performing Kobe shoe in history. Now that you’ve seen the entire Elite Collection, let us know which is your favorite of the bunch, and stick with Sneaker News as we will update you on all information relevant to the Elite Series.
Nike Zoom Kobe VII ‘Away’
Nike Zoom Kobe VII ‘Home’
i'm a big fan of the kobe series, own every pair from the 4's on, but these i feel like nike is just tryna sucker us with. 1) why does the black one look so slanted inward in the first pic when comparing to the white one? 2) where's kobe's signature on the black one? 3) someone already commented...where's the ventilation?! the tongue's mesh looks like it'd trap heat... 4) the extra firmness that carbon fiber has would not help when it's utilized in the heel cap. it doesn't help strap u in tighter. it's mostly just for aesthetics. so honestly, lots of useless "upgrades" that don't cost much extra to manufacture, but upping price by $60 (that's a staggering 43%!!) = mad profit. thoroughly disappointed, nike.
It's honestly a shame that Nike went so overboard with the price on these. I really like this shoe a lot. So fresh and so clean. Love how they combined the Kobe 6 upper into the 7 shoe, big fan of the carbon fiber heel cap, great use of the pro combat on throughout the tongue and the Gold Swoosh/Kobe symbol give them a nice Elite touch. However, NOT worth Elite dollars for these or the LeBron's. It's bad enough Foams are up to $220, now LeBron's and Kobe's? I'm good.
They look nice, no doubt, but in the UK the standard kobe system details for 140 pounds which equates to $223 so how much are they going to change for these, nike called all the UK stores yesterday and told them to raise the price of the foams by 50 pounds (about $80) how can they get away with such a drastic price variance in the UK and US? Here some tech criticism, carbon fibre used as a heel counter will just crack, and translucent soles are a disadvantage on hardwood floors, zoom is no longer considered nikes best cushioning system. And they haven't sorted out the infamous "lip" in the removable sole. Hardly elite given the amount of performance fails crammed into the shoe.
If you want elegance by a nice suite and shave Nike is not elegant guys they make sportswear. Those shoes are some over price hyped up useless trash
I shouldn't have to explain why it's considered elite..the full length zoom air bag is a wonderful thing, especially if you're playing ball in them. The carbon fiber is 10x better than the plastic they're using on the first model. The snake skin obviously looks better than the first design rubber lining upper crap. From the pictures it just looks to be better quality materials in general. If you don't wanna pay the price, than quit bitching about shit quality. Just go buy some gr's that you don't like.
and people get made for jordan taking over his logo and putting jumpman....instead of nike.......im down with the jumpman logo....but they do hike the prices.....smh
im not coppin any elite shoes... u add in gold fly wire & translucent bottoms to these, lebrons & hyperdunks & u want 200 & 250 fa them... seems like to me sum1 wanted to keep da finished products til now & give out da rough draft shoes out thru nov to march. Nike sum fuuuuckin snakes... and obviously lebron & kobe dont care. As long as nike keeps butterin them up, they can release all their shoes whether their general, exclusive, limited or elite models wit no kinda input on how their ptoducts are distributed to da public... im startin to think kobe & lbj are jus as reasonable fa dis as nike execs & marketin directors are also
Dope!Grown Man,Understated elegance!!!I like both now seeing detailed images,good looking out SN as usual.
Sooo Nike really just gave the Kobe 7 a full-length zoom bag, carbon fiber heel cup and jacked the price to 200 and called them "Elite"?? #Fuckery
Those are all obvious points, but I think what people are complaining about is the fact that these should have been the Kobe 7 off rip...don't give us a in between model and then the real model later with a price increase
You're %100 right; Kobe and LeBron should be held just as accountable as Nike. I have so much respect for Kevin Durant for this reason: http://kevindurant35.com/2011/07/01/oklahoman-kev...
I believe you just answered your own question. Premium materials (i.e. carbon fiber)= price increase
This should've been the regular Kobe VII's but then the price says it all, no "real baller budget' just "elite wallet budget"
^ so true about the complaints being that these should have been the Kobe 7 from jump street. And to Nickkatherina's point....I don't understand how they're are using "better quality material." It's the same material they used on the KB 6 and some from the LBJ 9 IE; the upper from the 6, the pro combat from the LeBron's and same carbon fiber plate from the bottom, but just expanded to the heal cap. Those materials didn't make either of those shoes jump to $200 plus, I don't see why these should. Oh, I forgot, they're "Elite" AKA marketing gimmick.
But he said hes switchin to Air Max next year soo we will see how long this lasts...but I do commend KD for that
hyper dunk was using full length and other shoes like jordan retroS use carbon and there not 200 so .......
But the shoe alredy has carbon fiber in it so its not like its new material and yu can buy insole wit max and zoom air. I basically dont feel the added stuff isreally wort the 200..they not much better