December 13th, 2013 by Brendan Dunne / 60 c
The Kobe 9 Elite “Masterpiece” release date is February 8th, 2014. Of course, if you were paying attention to our extensive Kobe 9 coverage on the day of that sneaker’s media launch then you’d already know that. It appears that the shoe will be limited to some extent, as the little bit of info out there on this upcoming release bills them as one pair per customer as far as Nikestore is concerned. Take another look at this Flyknit basketball shoe with us after the click and tell us in the comments if you’re looking forward to playing ball in this next generation Nike Kobe silhouette.
Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Masterpiece”
Style Code: 630847-001
Release Date: 02/08/14
This silhouette jacked the Under Armour Cam Newton I trainer.... Google Cam Newton shoe and you be the judge. Let me know what Y'all think.
these are strictly a ball sneaks in my opinion. i can see all the quality in this sneaker from these pics and it looks like the performance is outstanding but just not stylish enough for fashion. sneaker news posted a pic of some dude rockin them and it looked goofy as hell. maybe the dude wasnt rockin em right, idk, but i cant see pulling these off in fashion
Everyone is not able to embrace cutting edge design aka Change. These Joints ILL! I love innovation. Being a trend setter is about going out on a limb & pushing the envelope. The people who hate on innovation are just Sheep anyway who will stand in line to cop the retro joints for the 10th time of their release like thats the new Hot Sh*t! Get Ya Mind Right Youngins'
Lol heres couple words that also on half of America that's worse than nike like dolce gabana gucci micheal kors louis vutton true religion gessupi balli the list is endless but yet more of these are over seas so I feel nike does alright in fact they are making fitness equipment and wieghts sets aren't relativly cheap if u don't like em fine if u do comment. dont gt all political on a shoe site its jus fashion.there's a time and place if u spend life wondering when u will arrive u will miss a helluva ride so drop it in lo gear and enjoy the scenery.
Calling these "Masterpieces" is a little much. I'm sure they're great to ball in, but there's four different patterns competing for attention on this shoe which any self-respecting person who considers himself/herself a "Designer" should know better than to put together. Carbon fiber pattern+multi-colored speckles+swirly/brush pattern+multi-colored knit=ONE UGLY looking shoe. Its like a patchwork quilt for your feet. Oh yeah, there's quilt on there too!
just like when the jordan xx8 dropped... these will sit on shelves.. unless a redic colorway comes out by picasso
@sneakernews called it. It makes sense that bball would be next
lol people talk about how much it costs to make like thats the only thing thats paid for. from materials, to actually making it to SHIPPING large quantities, to paying certain people and so on. please. If you don't like the price, don't bitch about it! Just move on to the next! damn! I am not going to stand outside of BMW complaining about their prices... just go get a damn volkswagon and shut up! People cry too much now!
Fuck Nike, y'all have gone crazy with the prices of your shoes! Just wait a few months and they'll be at the Nike Outlet for half the price.
@WorkHard24_7 yeah i do n those kobe 9 are COLD but they not worth 220 to me...the cushioning not comfy for me
@DA_KIDD_SEEJAYAre you saying the rumor is from such a reputable source that you'll hold off as in it's almost a definite? Source of rumor?
PLEASE PREACH IT BROTHA, I ABSOLUTELY HATE KOBE, I HATE THE FAKERS AND WITH THE KIND OF HATRED THAT USUALLY BREEDS MULTIPLE HOMICIDES IN LOS ANGELES, BUT THESE JOINTS RIGHT HERE I WOULD GIVE NIKE THE 225 A COUPLA TIMES FOR THESE. LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE. HYPE BEAST KILL YO SELF YOU ARE TARNISHING MY BELOVED SHOE GAME AND I HATE YOU AND IF I CATCH YOU IN CAESARS BUYING A COUPLA PIAR OF SIZE FIFTEENS BEFOR I CAN AND YOU LOOK LIKE ANYTHING LESS I'M STICKING YOU WITH MY BARE HANDS IF YOU RESIST YOU WILL GO TO THE HOSPITAL.
@Lurker111Agreed. While pushing the boundaries of how many patterns or materials work on a single shoe has been a huge trend of the last 5 years or more it simply doesn't work here. The regular flyknit pattern alone is already pushing it. This shoe just goes overboard.
Would it have been too much to have started off with a design that at least more closely complimented the Laker's home or away uniforms? It's like they(the designers) get a kick these days out of just introducing a random color(the volt). This kind of methodology usually can be pulled off easy and gotten away with on a runner but some basketball shoes at times just feel like too much creative liberties were taken.
@JohnZookI got a chuckle out of your comment since these are supposed to be "masterpieces" and well that's what Picasso created. I agree with your assertion though. Some amazing colorway is going to have to come along to move these then again a lot of people really do like ugly.
wow.. im actually shocked to hear that any colorway of the xx8 sold out lol.. im in the new england area and every store i went to had plenty of pairs on hand during and after release day (even to this day they have the "why nots" on sale and same with the "elephant prints".. oh well i guess to each his own.. but im pretty sure northeast heads will pass on these imo... ive spoken to a few smaller retailers like expressions etc and they said they didnt even order them because they knew they wouldnt sell because of the demographics.... but i dk.. who knows.. the south market is totally different than what the north east market demands as far as sneakers styles and colorways are concerned.. for example, northeast shops tend to try to get as neutral colorways as possible (blk, wht, gry).. and tend to pass on the wild colorways or just get a sample shipment to test if its a hit or not.. every geo area is different as far as taste is concerned..
I'm sorry to break the news to you, but the xx8 didn't sit on shelves too long bruh. I don't know what area you are in, but in the dfw (dallas-ft.worth) and OKC area they sold out quick. I tried to get the OKC color way and they were sold out in hours bruh. No Kobe has sat on shelves either. These will do fine. I Guarantee it's way more folks that are feeling em than not feeling em. No matter the price either, because a lot of folks said they wasn't getting the LeBron xi because of price hike, but they been selling out and they are selling better than the x.
@sneakernews thanks for the new cover photo!
@sneakaninjazPublic discourse is now crying too much? Not sure I agree with that. Corporate greed isn't something you can just shrug off nor should people's issues be silenced. That's called a facist dictatorship and last I checked America is still a free republic, at least so we're told.
A comment box and access to the website means anything can be posted here. If we don't like it or can't create an intellectual argument to defend our positions then it is us who should shut up. Furthermore if all the people you cited in your "to market" breakdown were getting paid a fair living wage I'd hit that like button and tell you good point but you sound educated enough to comprehend that a top down trickle effect of wealth is not happening. Just ask a worker in a factory that makes these shoes how much they're paid a month to make hundreds if not thousands of shoes.
When you consider that 1% owns 46% of the WORLD'S wealth and resources in a world of 7+ billion people you cannot tell me or create any argument I cannot shoot down to justify people having an issue with the price. Nike like every other "publicly traded" company is driven by shareholder and investor greed.
LOL..BMW? Is this the same BMW lobbying to change pollution policy so their emissions can further create a more sustainable planet for future generations? Please.
@Just_A_PersonThat's a very interesting bet. These look horrible to me and I'd be surprised if they sold out but if they do good for Kobe, Nike and you if you copped a pair. They just ain't my cup of tea.
What I'm talking about is pricing in general. I know you have notice how the price of retros have gone up. They are not using flyknit.
@dejjo11 they said that about the Air Jordan 28s. Never happened.
@dejjo11 flyknit isnt cheap material
@WorkHard24_7 not comfy enough for me i mean
@SteveJoseph well rumor or not im not buyin this in this form....if a low comes yes, if not imma look forward to the Kobe 10
@PHATBLAKBASSTURD youre an idiot
IT'S CALLED CREATIVITY, IT'S USED BY CREATIVE PEOPLE WHO POSSESS THE IMAGINATION OF 4-12 YEAR OLDS THAT'S WHY WE CREATE AND YOU SHEEP BUY.............. FREAKING FLAT BRAINED THINKING LAMES, THE REASON I'M COOL AND AND YOU ARE NOT IS I'M COMFORTABLE BEING ME YOU STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO YOU ARE PLAYAS PLAY PLAYA HATAS TALK MESS ABOUT PLAYAS. YOU CRITICIZING US WHEN YOU SHOULD BEDRAKE'IN IT. GROWN MAN BI
@JohnZook the original XX8 sold out that weekend. idk if cause it was limited or not.
@qtbigwatts and the lebron xi is sitting on shelves too.. every single colorway is sitting and on sale except for the ones that just dropped.. anything gamma blue and before is on sale at all footlockers/finishlines in all the malls in my area at least...its gotta be the geo location i guess
The Allstar blk and green looked a hell of a lot better. Plus I was able to find a pair of the 28s in the white blk and red cw at the nike outlet, but most like you are right. They probably will sell out.
@DA_KIDD_SEEJAY I'm with you. I have quite a few 8's and was hoping to get into the 9's if they were just as comfortable but these? Definitely going to pass unless a decent looking low or NSW comes out.
@PHATBLAKBASSTURDI work in a creative field and you've seen commercials I've worked on, bought the products I've helped relaunch, flown on airlines I've helped rebrand and visited websites and social campaigns I've been a part of. You want to talk to me about sheep? WTF do you do for a living that has influenced my lifestyle or any purchasing decisions I've made?
If you have as many "unhyped" shoes in your collection as I do I'll give you $1k cash. It's like that loser machine. Own up or STFU with your all caps BS.
lol.. one of my boys actually just accepted a job in dallas a month ago and his only reasoning was no state income tax and lower cost of living so he thought he would pocket more bread... he now texts me regretting his decision and says the weather is better and he misses the faster pace (if there is one). but anyways no doubt. good luck with the DEC/xmas releases bro
It has to be.... Hell I wish I was over there now. I'm sick of not getting releases that I really want of the LeBron's or Kobe's
@SteveJoseph @BVSEDJESUS @dejjo11 material to make might probably be cheap. but the designers that had to come up with all the concepts, performance technology etc is where all the money is going towards. People need to realize material isnt the only factor of a price tag. It's the mind and design concept behind it. I dare people to tell me that anyone on this site could come up with the flyknit idea on top of their heads. Design teams spend loads and loads of time to perfect a product to it's best. Shit is underrated, designers are being overlooked. Period.