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Nike Kobe 9

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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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Old Head 1
Old Head 1

Most technologically advanced ay? What about the Lebron 11 with posite, flywire, full length zoom, and hyper fuse? How does sneaker news score that?

Old Head 1
Old Head 1

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!

DocBill1
DocBill1

Damn these make me wanna take my Lebrons back so that I can get 2 pairs of these when they come out. 

bander93
bander93

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

JMBasquiat
JMBasquiat

Need to see better pictures before I judge these.

Sneeky
Sneeky

Wow, Kobe line following Manny Pacquiao's HyperKO boxing boots! LOL

juelz203
juelz203

i know for a fact these are going to be spectacular for ball

JackSpain
JackSpain

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!!!

jlitterello
jlitterello

Eh I dont know about these. Will they be rockable off the court?

Ralphjones380
Ralphjones380

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!

DugLast
DugLast

That midsole is crazy. Looking forward to more details on the tech.

bubblegoose
bubblegoose

Kobes are the new Jordans. Back then when new Jordans released, people thought they were ugly at first but they grew on them.

ItsReggie22
ItsReggie22

Bruhhh I'm not feelin these! Not even to hoop in or rock casually! I don't think a CW will save this shoe

UCJB2
UCJB2

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.

Trill Smith
Trill Smith

I think people are forgetting these are made to ball in... I'd like to see more detailed pix

UCJB2
UCJB2

$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.

SneakerFiend23
SneakerFiend23

I'm praying for these to not be the kobe 9. Fingers crossed.

adadalives
adadalives

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. 

Zach Trimm
Zach Trimm

Sooo live... can't wait to see more angles and colorways

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

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.

jewlio23
jewlio23

People are still going to hype these up though.

jewlio23
jewlio23

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!

justshoes
justshoes

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

richsilva
richsilva

That is flyknit not engineered mesh. Better edit that shit sneaker news.

bucnasty047
bucnasty047

I guess Kobe needs to more ankle and achille support?

acevelasquez29
acevelasquez29

already looking wayyyy better than Lebron and KD's... #myopinion

MisterAdidas
MisterAdidas

pretty cool but im not feelin that tall collar. Looks like a wrestling shoe

Longstroke
Longstroke

hahahahahahahahahaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!! *stop playing* LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!! I can't breathe! Oh stop!!!! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

nwa_cayro
nwa_cayro

@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

electricfanboy
electricfanboy

@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. 

justshoes
justshoes

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

adadalives
adadalives

@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.

youngkay60
youngkay60

@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 

Ralphjones380
Ralphjones380

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.

adadalives
adadalives

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I like them.

Jupe31
Jupe31

I think James Harden Kyrie Irving are next to get their own signature shoe from nike just be patient

Creepy Pervert 2013
Creepy Pervert 2013

@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.

Jupe31
Jupe31

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

justshoes
justshoes

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



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