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A Breakdown Of The Nike Kobe 9 EM “Philippines” Design Inspiration

April 30, 2014 BY / 45 c

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The Nike Kobe 9 “Philippines” might be a tough sneaker to decipher for those of you who aren’t of Filipino descent. The sneakers pay tribute to the rich basketball culture of that nation, and were created by Nike Basketball graphic designer Eric Goto, who has some Filipino blood running through his veins himself. The shoes reference the banig bed mat, tsinelas sandals, and plenty of more local items that you can see after the break thanks to this piece from Locker Room Legends. Take a look at them below and let us know in the comments if you’re a fan of this flavorful Kobe 9.

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45 comments
RickyFreeland
RickyFreeland

Will these be available in the US? I need them!

RichardBulos
RichardBulos

where can i get this??? im from chit-town

Martin Tiu
Martin Tiu

Check the sole there is a Tsinelas design haha! Only pinoy kicks would have that!

Chad Tribiana
Chad Tribiana

meron na dto nyan kuya 9.5k Deejay Cruz Tribiana

Rodge Portugalite
Rodge Portugalite

You can see the pattern of this shoe is similar to a filipino thing called "banig"

Em Jay
Em Jay

beautiful even casually lol Jay Liang Riley Chang

Mario Bonoan
Mario Bonoan

No, sneakernews. This is called kobe 9 banig or tsinelas

DugLast
DugLast

Baddest pair of 9 Ems yet. Dope concept.

BenMari1
BenMari1

I got a size 11 for $700...

Tonting
Tonting

Wow this shoes R sick....

PauSupe
PauSupe

just want to share this! Lakers x Kobe inspired jeepney. enjoy! :) #1of1

KidBobot
KidBobot

I wish they somehow incorporated other lesser known Filipino-isms... like:

- The BIG spoon & fork

- Or... the Spoon (it's not just for soup y'all)

- Tabo (you know what I'm talking about Pinoys)

- Lumpia

- A Balikbayan Box

- Etc....

NYCIDDY
NYCIDDY

@KidBobot  Especially the "Weapons of Moroland" Crest!! 

They aren't ready for the spoon son!! ahah they don't know about the fork and spoon life!! and especially that tabo life ahahahahahahahaha!!

KidBobot
KidBobot

@NYCIDDY @KidBobot  

Then, maybe a graphic of the infamous "Knives of the Moro Land" plaque?  Or the wooden Tinikiling Dancer wall art?

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