May 15, 2012 BY John Kim / 9
Of the lengthy sneaker-design process, the Wear-Test stage is a make-or-break affair; it doesn’t matter if the shoe looks amazing – if it doesn’t perform to the standards of the athlete, it’s back to the drawing board for the design crew. Of course, a lot of elements from a sneaker’s predecessor is carried on, but when looking at the progress of Kobe V to VI, the most notable change is the enlarged heel-cup – perhaps Kobe needed a bit more stability in that area for when he makes his daring cuts sand drives to the hoop. This Wear-Test sample of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI shows the sneaker free of any structural support – just the snake-skin TPU shell and the stencil-pained Swoosh on the upper, and the a solid one-piece midsole without the design ridges and the heel Zoom chamber. With the minimalistic appeal of this sample, the Kobe VI almost looks like a funky lifestyle shoe rather than one that was made on court, but credit Eric Avar for bringing street style and basketball sense into one cohesive unit. A gallery awaits you below, so take a look and cop this sample now from identitiesrevealed on eBay.
The shoe is really clean. I think having an internal heel cup would be plenty safe as long as it was strong. I think durability at the heel would be the issue.
despite the fact thats its probably not safe balling in these shoes, they look better/cooler without the heel counter
its not the finished product so of course its gonna look wierd. anyways i like seeing things like this to at least see what type of product testing and input goes into shoes. even though shoes be overpriced it makes me feel better to know that nike puts some effort into the kicks