Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low “Michael Jackson”

June 3rd, 2014 by | 52 comments


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Today, as part of its Inside Access series, Nike Basketball officially unveils a brand-new in-line release of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low Flyknit, set to debut at retail this Fall. The sneaker, officially dubbed “Hyper Grape”, can be seen as an homage to the greatest pop-star of all-time, with the translucent outsole acting as a frame for the amazing lunar graphics on the bottom of the footbed – a clear nod to Jackson’s patented on-stage move known as the “Moonwalk”. Back in February, Kobe Bryant revealed the interesting tidbit of info that one of the upcoming low-top Kobe 9 Elite Flyknit releases would be inspired by Michael Jackson, which provides even more insight on the strength of the synergy between Kobe and Nike Basketball’s design crew. What do you think of this new colorway? Check out the official photos below and stay tuned for the release on July 12th.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low “Michael Jackson”
Release Date: 07/12/14

“The KOBE 9 Elite Low Hyper Grape is linked to music and its ability to transcend the decades, with artists, songs and dance moves that stand the test of time.  The purple upper pays homage to pop music and includes a moon surface graphic on the outsole.” – NIKE, Inc.

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52 comments
DMCJ
DMCJ

Purple is a royal color therefore appropriate given the fact MJ was the KING of Pop.

smheezaleykicks
smheezaleykicks

If you need these MJ's/Atomic Grapes check my site SoleTakers.net I personally run an easy cart service.

the truth1958
the truth1958

For all you idiots talking shit aboit michael look dude u kno nothing about mr jackson or history ur a dumb ass kid thinkin u kno it all cu u watch the news u have no idea wat kind of lier he and his mother was he was 14 at the time not a lil boy his mother and himself had several cases lying on celebs im a friend of the jackson family and kno about more than wat the public and wat ur dumb ass thinks they was in it for the money n got nothing bottom line he was a target and the santa barbra county wanted to see him ritt -n hell teust me money wouldnt have saved him so talk wat u kno u fucking idiot u kno nothing long with the rest of the wondering world u think u kno him i did kno him not a fan a friend so when u can get closer than reading tabloids n meet sum one n here there side shut ur fucking mouth bitch

m_kos
m_kos

These look good for purple. 

obiz9
obiz9

i guess these will have to do...HTMs never going to release i assume...

mrchink360
mrchink360

I wanted a thriller colorway or at least an inspired diamond glove design, but screw it purple I guess

phillishoes
phillishoes

These aren't called "michael jackson". Sneakernews STOP HYPE BEASTING SHOE RELEASES. THESE ARE 'HYPER GRAPES'

bucnasty047
bucnasty047

I'm digging the shoe. Going to get my throwback Sacramento Kings jersey and rock these.

DA_KIDD_SEEJAY
DA_KIDD_SEEJAY

Perfect match for my Kobe 5 "Ink"... def need these

Boknowmagic
Boknowmagic

Just wondering if these have the name of the shoe on the inside of the tongue anyone know

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

They're nice, especially the bottom, but there's nothing that stands out that would make you think MJ right off the bat.

sneaker freak
sneaker freak

I'm a big mj fan so I think they could have done more to tie the mj theme together  gliter glove fedora other other mj influences would have been nice but with that being said this is still a nice shoe  

everyone82
everyone82

I remember hearing about a michael jackson edition a while back,.  Also a cement jordan tribute as well.  Would like to see those.

jbarkerii
jbarkerii

I wonder why Nike went away from the red 9 stripes...I thought it was the signature for the Kobe 9s

HotBoyZ1616
HotBoyZ1616

Very nice..... I guess the purple is for when MJ wore a LOT of purple.

powdbyrice
powdbyrice

he likes serving grape juice/Jesus juice to little boys?

Ahnubis
Ahnubis

It's Hyper Grape, don't try to start no dumb naming conventions.
I saw when Heidi posted this before you guys. It's about time these start making their rounds. I rather the versions released in Milan though.

BygByrd
BygByrd

What do these have to do with Michael Jackson?...lol

Kcereal24
Kcereal24

Those were released in Europe only

giardinibella
giardinibella

@phillishoes No, dumbshit, they're the Michael Jackson's, that's why there's a moon design on the bottom, after the "moonwalk". Do a little research before you talk shit.

qtbigwatts
qtbigwatts

I would be them because of the Michael Jackson reference! I would be them because I need another purple shoe

a215m30
a215m30

I agree.... It's like they had plans to do a MJ shoe but got lazy and slapped on a moon sole on these called them MJ's

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

I wish the outsole was all black. Sad how the media portrays the world's most notorious pedophile in such positive light. They should release a navy and white pair along with these as a pack to honor sandusky and just name them "the nightmare pack."

sneakernews
sneakernews moderator

@Ahnubis @Ahnubis Kobe himself mentioned a coming Michael Jackson colorway, plus the official copy makes covert references to him. Also, the moon graphic on the bottom is a pretty clear reference to the "dance moves that stand the test of time"

OG_Nike
OG_Nike

I guess you can't read

SoleSurvivor
SoleSurvivor

Lmao that went thru my mind as soon as i saw the title

phillishoes
phillishoes

You're the dumbshit. If you saw this orginal post, from where "hype-beast sneakernews" got some info, it says *hyper grape* is a tribute to multiple artists. If you'd like to see all of the various other artists, who performed the moonwalk (before Michael Jackson as well) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonwalk_(dance) is a link where you can find this information, google these people and you can see videos of them doing so.

If you're too much of a dumbshit to find that original post on nikeinc.com, here is it's url. http://nikeinc.com/news/inside-access-kobe-9-elite-low

JahRemyKluminati
JahRemyKluminati

@scaredmagic FUCK YOU for disrespecting such a musical idol. Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper was most likely influenced by the work that Michael Jackson did. 


He was never found guilty on any of the charges, so for you to call him "the world's most notorious pedophile" just shows your ignorance. 


If Michael Jordan did the same thing, would you stop supporting him? Probably not

Ahnubis
Ahnubis

@sneakernews Then I think it should be called Moonwalker, it will be a given it's associated with MJ. Nike calls it Hypergrape, maybe they decided not to call it that. Either way, i'm happy to see these lows finally coming around. Thank you for the info.

BygByrd
BygByrd

So a moon graphic on an outsole screams Michael Jackson in what way?...lol I guess. MOONWALKER....MOON PATTERN... Thats the most creative thing they could do for a MJ cw?...Put a moon pattern on a part of the shoe that nobody can see while being worn, then have the nerve to call it a Michael Jackson cw?... Don't believe the hype kid. These are simply Purple Kobe 9 flyknit lows.

JasonBarelyHeard
JasonBarelyHeard

MJ made the Moonwalk famous tho, I think nike won't call them "Michael Jackson" for legal purposes and don't wanna get sued, just my opinion

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

@JahRemyKluminati @scaredmagic You need a reality check.  When you say, "Your favorite rapper's favorite rapper was probably influenced by the work that Michael Jackson did," I realize you are a pathetic piece of shit.  Sympathizing with a pedophile because he was an insanely talented artist would be the same as sympathizing with a pedophile because he was a defensive genius on the football field.  This country has many loop holes for the mega rich and famous.  In my opinion you need to seek mental help right away before you molest a little boy and come up with some excuse as to why it's acceptable.  At least Jackson was murdered and Sandusky will rot in prison.  Both deserved worse, but still better than having them freely molesting boys.

ekin420
ekin420

@JahRemyKluminati your ignorance lies in how you simply believe that MJ is innocent on all accounts because he was not convicted. we are talking about the US justice system here where money prevails. a vast majority of people are like you and will selectively push out the past crimes of your favorite personalities. if your idol is someone who is "non-convicted but charged under multiple counts of pedophilia and child molestation"...then in your case, the adage "ignorance is bliss" seems to be true.


on another note, the shoes are purple because purple is the color of royalty and MJ was the king of pop. enough said.

giardinibella
giardinibella

@BygByrd Man, I can't believe the stupidity in these comments. Unbelievable!! MJ was famous for the "moonwalk" how does the moon graphic on the bottom not tie MJ in to the shoes? How is this hard to figure out for some of you morons? Think!!!

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