Nike Kobe 8 “Purple Gradient” – Release Date

April 18, 2013 BY / 11

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The Los Angeles Lakers secured a more favorable first round playoff matchup by winning in overtime Wednesday night.  But even if LA has a better chance against San Antonio than they probably would against Oklahoma City, there’s just no replacing the winningest member of Nike Basketball’s signature shoe lineup.  Lakers fans will have to put their trust in Dwight Howard, Steve Blake and company, with new Nike Kobe 8 System colorways like this sick purple gradient edition in the unprecedented position of releasing while the Black Mamba is on the mend.  It’s a shame we won’t see these Court Purple Kobe 8s live up to the ‘Playoffs’ tag they’d garnered earlier, but as you can see in more photos below, this is a superb colorway for both on-court and casual purposes.  These will hit select retailers in just over two weeks, so stick with Sneaker News for updates as we approach the Saturday, May 11th release date.

Nike Kobe 8 System
Court Purple/Pure Platinum-Blackened Blue-Laser Purple
555035-500
05/11/13
$150

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11 comments
Drfresh
Drfresh

Please tell me if these are limited or not. I NEED a pair! I really hope these are a general release

Staxx13
Staxx13

If I could get for like 110 I would copp. Heads nead to start letting shit sit on the shelf.

Longstroke
Longstroke

Oh, the Lakers would not have done a damned thing with Kobe Bryant. In fact, I hope that the Lakers make a good run without his ass, with Dwight Howard leading the way. That, would be so apropos. 

That said, this shoe sucks, walking around looking like Barney the dinosaur. 

JohnnyBurke2
JohnnyBurke2

the price is 140 nike's twitter has already said that its 140 not 150

newsouth912
newsouth912

Dope cw, I'm just not feeling the KB8 though and I see they raised the price

Jonathan Broder
Jonathan Broder

super pumped for this drip but a total buzz kill to be honest! shoot! like the 7 seed and the fact if dantoni pulled kb on friday they would be in the WCF at the least! WTF! 

kicks67
kicks67

@Longstroke

your absolutley right... If kobe wasnt playing they "would not have done a damned thing". They'd be watching this saturday at home NACL, like you.

NuttyKicks
NuttyKicks

@Longstroke Sick of seeing Barney and Ronald McDonald references. The shoes look good. Gradient detail is a nice touch. I don't care for the 7 or 8 models, but I do like the colorways, such as this one

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