November 20, 2013 BY John Kim / 84
After five straight models with low-cut construction, the next Kobe shoe – the Kobe 9 – will divert from that path. This first look at the Nike Kobe 9 with a mid-cut construction certainly breaks away from what the Nike Kobe line had firmly accomplished in years prior, bringing in a fresh take on a mid-cut shoe with the boot-like build. Although it is possible that this version here is just one trim of the signature sneaker (a lower cut version may very well be available), it certainly is interesting to see Nike take on a different approach late in his career. We recently saw Kobe rock the 8 in a team practice so the added height may not even be necessary for the Black Mamba.
Aside from the form of the Kobe 9, let’s take a quick run through the obvious details; Engineered Mesh returns on the upper, giving the shell a unique appearance and some interesting colorway possibilities, and a carbon-fiber laden midsole should add even more lightweight advantages for the Lakers star as he approaches the final years of his career. In addition to the possibility of a lower cut version like that wear-test sample we showed you months ago, rumors of Flyknit on the Kobe continue to remain rampant, which deems the Kobe 9 the most technologically advanced Nike basketball shoe ever made. Stay tuned for more updates on the Nike Kobe 9 and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Most technologically advanced ay? What about the Lebron 11 with posite, flywire, full length zoom, and hyper fuse? How does sneaker news score that?
Kobe should just go back to the drawing board and come up with a new design cause he's not going anywhere with all these kobe system continuations!
Damn these make me wanna take my Lebrons back so that I can get 2 pairs of these when they come out.
everyone always hatin on the first pic of nikes new sig nature model for kd kobe and bron. they soon as release date rolls around yall all lined up for em...never fails
People talked shit about the Jordan XX8 and only thing that has done is being "sold out" everywhere! These may not be your cup of tea but I'm feeling it! Remember Nike is just like apple, it's about INNOVATION!!!
These are NOT official images, this is most likely a BOXING shoe. What is the name or word wrapping around the back of the shoe HTNIN.... Does that seem like something that would be on a Kobe shoe? Everyone just take a second and think, isn't Pacquiao fighting soon? There wouldn't be any reason for the multi color either, there isn't any proof at all that these are or were ever for Kobe..... DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE JUST BECAUSE A SOMEWHAT RELEVANT SITE POSTED IT!
Kobes are the new Jordans. Back then when new Jordans released, people thought they were ugly at first but they grew on them.
Bruhhh I'm not feelin these! Not even to hoop in or rock casually! I don't think a CW will save this shoe
also surprised no one referenced the letters on the ankle...........most of us wont have access to this colorway and this model will be very limited offer overall.
$250 for this model.......Knit "sockliner" with compression fit ala free flyknit.......knit upper with lightweight tpu cage on quarter and vamp for durability.....double lasted so the knit wraps under the midsole for better lockdown, and carbon chassis wraps up on midfoot both sides for stability in lat and medial cuts .....only way they could currently bring the tech to basketball. But yes not the only version.
WOW....I might actually need to purchase a pair. These have a back to the future part 8 look to them. Would love to get a hold of these on NikeId. Well done. Whatever color way that is in the pic is most definitely a fashion statement. A Tribe Called Kobe should be the name of that color way. Win.
The shoe should stop where that circle is and have the rest of it as an attachment so if you want it there you can use it.
Looks like something a wrestler would wear. They have a nice form and are pretty decent but I think we all know now that it goes Lebrons > KDs > Kobes.
Nike needs to bring back the Kobe VII look!
This is the fly knit version(its clearly fly knit not em)...the EM version is lower cut(the sample which said EM on it). Both look amazing, and look like amazing performers. Remind me of the kobe 3s awesome...looks like the fit is going to be like the free flyknits in the heel by the looks of the sock like heel tab
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@JackSpain from the look of this it DOES look like the Air Jordan XX8
@jlitterello keep the fly nit upper, carbon fiber midsole, and translucent sole. Lose the height, keep em low (but versatile like the 7's and their removable insole/tongue) and they're perfect on and off court
@Ralphjones380 boxing shoes won't have a translucent outsole. or carbon fiber. boxing shoes relatively have thin outsoles because they only use them on the ring.
kid your a dumbass and your blind there clearly is a kobe logo on the tongue. The letters probably continue to spell HTNINE as in high top nine..and also have you seen the colorways nike pulls out, cheetah 7s,christmas 8s, bhms, you are clearly new to this because from what I understand christmas is coming then BHM sooooo?..yeah you sound like a whiny little brat....just shut up and enjoy the show
@bubblegoose Lebrons are the new Jordans, come correct! Kobe sucks compared to Lebron!
@adadalives we need a dislike button for comments like this
@chrisescamilla I guess everybody has different tastes. I feel like all 3 are rather refreshing and different. Although I kind of agree with you on the Lebrons...even he won't wear them in games. Toe box issues apparently. Buy a half size bigger and should be cool. But in terms of looks they all look nice to me.
@chrisescamilla I didnt like the kd6s at first they kinda grew on me before i bought them tbh they look weird on feet and the lebrons and kobes both are ugly like super ugly idk why nike is so stuck on kevin kobe and lebron when in the 90s they had penny michael pippen vince barkley and alot of other ppl with signatures so many ppl deserve sigs james harden and kyrie to start the list
Haha ok you're the probably one of the many people that believe the red Yeezy 2 will release December 14th... You are the one being a whiny bitch, I brought up valid points, you just cry and piss and moan. You are a fucking idiot, it's called photoshop. So just out of no where nike is embroidering what the shoe is on the back of it? Since when were the colors of Christmas or BHM red, blue, yellow, and green? Just get over yourself dude, you want to be part of sneakernews so bad we can all see.
I think James Harden Kyrie Irving are next to get their own signature shoe from nike just be patient
@Ralphjones380 Dude you were wrong just admit it. Why would nike make a signature shoe for pacquiao with a Kobe logo on it ? Just stick to reading the comments instead of typing. SMH. btw im looking forward to seeing the Kobe 9.
Obviously you are lonely anytime you leaving comments like that no real nikehead likes yeezys they are a total waist of your hard earned money and them shits ugly me personally I have never seen anyone rocking the yeezys
And another thing why wouldn't they embroider what the shoe is on the back they put the words "flywire" "zoom" even put the athletes signature. Why? Because people these days don't know what the fuck they're buying and store employees don't know what the fuck they're selling. When you have different versions of a shoe coming out it helps people that don't have use common sense to know a mid from high. People nowadays buy anything because something sounds cool and if the price tag is 200 it must be good which is not always the case. Believe me "HTNINE" is enough for somebody to drop 200 because of the fact that you don't know wtf it means but you still want it kuz it sounds cool. But financially stable parents who spoil their kids will buy the more expensive shoe thinkin a higher cut shoe will protect they're precious baby, and the store employee influencing this idea as a fact because he wants to make the sale of a $200 plus shoe that's why nike embroider this shit same reason they embroidered the diffrent insoles for kobe 7s and aj2012 and everything else I mentioned