December 4th, 2013 by John Kim / 17
The most general schools of thought would suggest that a player at age thirty-five, one who just half a year ago suffered a season-ending injury, would be thinking of retirement. After all, Kobe has enough accolades for two, maybe three Hall of Famers of the American-born sport, but nothing is ever really enough for an athlete with such an intense (maybe excessive) competitive spirit. It goes without saying that Kobe is indeed a remarkable athlete – one that is yet to close the book that has been scripted so marvelously for nearly two decades. He just signed a two year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, and as he nears 100% health, he’ll be ready to suit up in the chase for a sixth Championship ring in a brand new sneaker called the Nike Kobe 9.
Prior to getting back in action, Kobe Bryant, joined by Nike, unveiled the ninth signature shoe of the storied legacy . The path to his current god-like state has been one filled with major ups and downs, as he eloquently detailed by way of the Prelude (which luckily for his biggest fans, will release in sneaker form). It all culminates in the Nike Kobe 9 – a perfect mesh of Nike’s most forward-thinking design and finely crafted art. Today, Kobe played host, alongside Nike CEO Mark Parker and Nike Basketball Design VP Eric Avar to introduce the Kobe 9, at Los Angeles’ cherished Museum of Contemporary Art. This meeting of incredible minds was one that doesn’t happen very often, so enjoy this recap of this great event that Sneaker News got the opportunity to experience first-hand.
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite will release on February 8, 2014 with a retail price of $225.
midtop like the early samples would b great , and not an elite - 225$ price but something around 170$, c'mon it's almost 2x kobe 8 price!! the shoe is nice though, and for sure a top in performance
why dont they just stop beating around the bush and say "we built this shoe to protect Kobes achilles from ever being hurt again." i do like the shoe tho
I think he should go back to real leather. Enough of this synthetic leather,plastic stuff, woven or suppose new technology. There is nothing like a real leather shoes. You can't beat leather. Split cow leather and/or died leather.
Just my opinion, since we pay good money think we deserve quality materials.
It seems we're going back to the converse, just with better cushion.
just give me the mid and i am str8...no way i am copping these.nothing to do with price..do not like a shoe that high personally! kinda ugly if you ask me! i hope we get a dope mid for the asg! ;he rocks these maybe a game or 2..cant wait for xmas!!!
They are calling this the elite version. I am thinking they will have a low top version as well or a version that will have engineering mesh or fuse at a lower price. Oh well I will have these on my feet Feb 8th. I am not gonna miss out thinking they are gonna sit around like I did the all black XX8s.
225 for thes. I am gonna buy them but I can't wait to see what the XX9s look like. They might be 275 and I hope they have the proplated zoom in them as well.
@dgully314 The design planning to go back in high tops started two years ago.
Leather isn't really all that great to ball in like the new tech. I mean you can still use it but remember what these shoes are made for, basketball first, fashion second.
@Jonathan Broder I love mid and high tops. Everybody complained when Kobe started to go low from his mid shoes. This will make a great low or mid without much modification. I hope they do have a mid on these but I love these as well. Hope they come in all black. The colors are gonna get real crazy with these.
@DocBill1 the XX9's will be cut right under the knee, and next year over it :-))) in a few years they will all be fishing boots.