November 29th, 2012 by John Kim / 40
Over the last eight years, Kobe Bryant has grown to create an unbreakable legacy with Nike, pushing the limits of design, innovation, and style. Starting from the Air Zoom Kobe 1 in 2006 to the Kobe 8, the evolutionary process of the Kobe has been quite clear – lighter, faster, more versatile – and the Nike Kobe 8 System continues that concept, continuing the structure widely praised low-cut construction while infusing some fresh technology – namely the full-length LunarLon outsole and the all-new Engineered Mesh. Engineered Mesh provides 360-degree breathability while allowing the shoe to bend freely and naturally with the foot, while the LunarLon cushioning with the one-millimeter thick outsole keeps Kobe low to the ground for the ultimate in court-feel and maneuverability.
Eric Avar and the design team had much to work with for creating the aesthetic of the Kobe 8 shoe; with 2013 being the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac, Avar used the versatile EM textile to re-create a non-uniform snakeskin upper, with the detailed graphic providing more snake-like appeal. Overall, the Kobe 8 is the lightest it’s ever been, weighing in at just 9.6 ounces per size 9 shoe. The Nike Kobe 9 in the Black/Sulfur colorway will hit stores on December 20th, as will the Nike Kobe 8 iD. The python-inspired version releases in China on January 12th, 2013, and in North America on February 2nd.
You guys have to remember there's still some of us that actually use basketball shoes to play basketball in. Wearing them casually is also fine, but if that's all your looking for head back to the Lebron threads.
just like the 6,7 and now the 8s. At first i have always been hesitant of Kobe's, but then they grow on me like these are. Ill cop. im feeling the colorway.
Those Python's are DOPE!! I'm glad people don't like these maybe I can double back and grab the CW's I like!
most u people that dont like these have to realize that the #1 goal of the Kobe line is performance forst and foremost...Style is a faaaar 2nd,...unlike Lebrons...This shoe is the best yet from the Kobe line,..It literally feels like ur wearing a sock,..Insane
Man I can't wait.!!!!!!!! PURE ART. Being a shoe designer myself, I'd consider these pretty darn sharp.!!!!
I swear his last three shoes (6, 7 & 8) have all essentially looked the same. smh No real variation whatsoever.
They dont strike me as a basketball shoe but I understand the technology allows design to change. I like the python cw and it goes nice with the shoe. Im gonna b picking these up
The color scheme is dope.... Really the only thing I believe that great about it!! It's tooooo similar to pervious numbers
l like what i see. combo of the v and vi which is a good thing. was a little nervous to be honest on the upper as if it was purely like the lunarglide4 but these seem to have more support which is good. i do not think a home cw will look good with the upper material .a chaos cw with the camo will look ill. hope we get clarity on the xmas cw if it is the stained glass fine. the python looks dope..wonder if that is the all star? kinda early to drop the ASG feb2 thou?? we shall see i guess! i know we may get or we may not but i think a grinch cw could look pretty cool if done correctly!
lol i hope eveybody that says these are ugly do not send a dm to twitter on the day of rsvp shit is disgusting now
Hot garbage...the design, the color scheme......only pair of kobys that have ever been semi respectable are the adidas crazy 8's...all his shoes with nike have been terrible..so have melos,wades & chris pauls...
yo i'm really feeling these Python's. cant wait for them to drop. they remind me of the olive's with more detail.
@Jason4523 I feel you but I hoop often and I like to play in shoes that I could also wear off court. Is making the shoe appealing too much to ask for the prices we pay?
@newsouth912 haha exactly
I tell everyone that and they don't listen. Kobe hyperdunks and kds are all a variation of the same exact shoe.... and out of them all kds are cheaper!
@Jonathan Broder I think those pythons are da all star... even tho their python themed, they do have a military fatigue look too them. And the foamposites that are droppin around da same time look similar in da color scheme to these...
@newsouth912 either way price going up or not those hype beast are going to get them regardless so don't be surprise if you going to start paying 300 for a pair of basketball shoe
@ssiefman @GoodfellaX Because Lebron X's don't resemble the VII's or VIII's in any way? They may look similar to you guys, but if you've ever owned a pair of any of those shoes you'd release they're all completely different. Especially in the tech department. How do these look anything like the VII? Seriously? I can see how they slightly resemble the VI, but no way the VII.
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite @Jonathan i am with ya boss! like the cw i would love a chaos cw..would have preferred a black/infra red camo for all star. just find it odd that this shoe's rd is tentatively feb2 when the all star game is feb17tg i think? i guess we shall see. i do hope we get a grinch or chaos cw for xmas but it is not looking good!
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite @Jonathan @Jonathan i am with you a grinch or chaos with the camo print on the upper will look sick. wonder what mamba rocks tonight? i am not sure an inline/concord home cw works with the materials on the upper but we shall see! would love a chaos with the camo print. will look ill! a black and purple will look straight fire!