August 15, 2013 BY John Kim / 53
The Nike Kobe 8 has become wildly popular over the last three months, with plenty of off-beat colorways like the Venice Beach, Mambacurial, and upcoming Spark providing some great selections for Kobe fans to pick from this offseason. It won’t be a while until the Nike Kobe 9 debuts (likely in late 2013 or early 2014), but here we have a first look at a Wear-Test sample of what is called the Nike Kobe IX EM Low. A quick note on Wear-Test samples – more times than not, the sample looks different from the final cut, so what you see here may not be what we’ll get later on. There’s a lot to look at here, like Engineered Mesh, Dynamic Flywire, and carbon fiber plating on the midsole and heel. Some other notable details of this sample are that this model is dubbed a Low, when it is in fact the highest-cut Nike Kobe signature model since the Nike Zoom Kobe III, and the target season is Fall 2014, which means that there are likely changes to be made.
Aside from what is clearly visible in these photos, what is not quite obvious is Flyknit, material which many speculated to be a component of the Kobe 9 build based on a Kobe-centric display that was set up during a Nike Basketball event in China several weeks ago. Is the Kobe 9 headed back to a mid-cut design? We did see Kobe in a mid-cut version of the Kobe 8 recently, and in light of his injury, Nike may have mocked up this mid-cut sample to provide better ankle protection (the Fall 2014 target season may also signify that this sample was made very recently). Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to stick with Sneaker News for more updates.
They look cool....... still stuck on the lebron 11's for right now tho. We'll see after an official colorway comes out
When I saw these, I thought "crazylight done right". I like the overall look of the shoe. Hope they keep it close to this when it releases to retail.
I stopped liking kobe as i got older from when he lost the fro and changed his #24 I respect his game not him. These are tight tho if this is the design they actually release I'll cop a few pairs this season
Now all of the bitchassed Kobe fans are going to start chiming in on how that 9 protects the achilles and ankle, when as soon as the lows came out, they were running around claiming the lows are just as effective as mids on that bullshit site nike talk, in regard to foot and ankle protection. Nothing but a bunch of punk ass simpletons, those who will say anything to protect some dude who'll sue his own damned mother.
Fuck him, his shoes, and the fans of his bitchass as well.
I like them , I hope Nike don't overdo it and add a big ass swoosh on the front (like the KD6) and maybe they can also have an alternate version . Like Mids for a few months and when he is completely healthy he could go back to lows ? And I don't see no flynit is that out the window now ?
*cue all the "sneak aficionados" complaining about the look and price of a SAMPLE shoe. Herbs going to be herbs i guess.
theses have like a nike blazer upper with the kobe 5 look to me...looks like a casual shoe, doesnt look like you can ball in these
I like it so far. Let's see what Nike does this time to mess up a good start. Remember the sample images from the NK 7. Then the shoe releases, and awesome sample turned in to average signature, and all because they changed engineered mesh to hard plastic geometric pattern on the signature.
It's ok I guess, but I just never was a fan of shoes that are designed around a player's injuries. But I will stick around to see what happens next.
Wait so are we going to see a kobe 9 this year or next year? Since the target year is fall 2014? Its guna suck if we have to wait that loong for a kobe 9 and just gt kobe 8 the rest of the year
These are fly! I can see some yellow strings...Purple, white all that! Kobe shoes are always on! #SomethingHeavy
I'm feelin da mid cut... Carbon fiber is dope... So far so good... Looks like da Kobe 9 has a lot of potential... Looks a lil like his 1st Nike kicks tho
lebron signed with Nike right after he got to the NBA in 2003. Kobe was with adidas and joined nike 2004 but nike didnt give him his signature shoe until 2005 - 2006.
@Longstroke riveting tale old chap
@Longstroke a little too emotional arent we lol
@Cpack Chuck Taylors, vintage Adidas shoes and others were used to play ball in and now are casual shoes. what's your point?
@DocBill1 7s were my all time fave (hate me) i can admit i doubted at first
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite no doubt looks like the kobe 1 and the kobe 8s had a baby lol but better materials and lighter than then the 1 probably be a lot more expensive too
@mr_ball210 Dude relax....
Tell that to the person that pays your rent.
That you up there? Figures....LOL!!!
You think that's good, which one of you simps is this?
Well kobes shoes over da last couple yrs haven't went up in price too bad like Lebron & KD shoes have... So I will guess they b 150... But u right, they look light as hell
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite I'm sorry, could you say that again? Fortunately, I don't speak hood booger.
Too bad I pay a mortgage... I own my shit, while u write ya name on da orange juice at ya parents basement.. Fuckin loser. Ur kobes number 1 fan
@Cpack The tech and the materials clearly indicate this is a performance shoe 1st casual 2nd its your money do what you like but forsure it wont be heavy like a blazer