There’s been a lot of anticipation leading up to day. Last month, Nike PR girl, Heidi Burgett, announced the Kobe 9 would be unveiled in LA on December 4th (today). Well, the day has finally come and before the long awaited unveiling of the Kobe 9, Nike announced the Kobe Prelude Pack, a series of launches of Kobe’s signature shoes one thru eight, every week, leading up to the release of the Kobe 9.
SHOE: Nike Zoom Kobe 1 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: December 7, 2013
LAUNCH: Nike Zoom Kobe 2 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: December 14, 2013
LAUNCH: Nike Zoom Kobe 3 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: December 21, 2013
LAUNCH: Nike Zoom Kobe 4 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: December 28, 2013
LAUNCH: Nike Zoom Kobe 5 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: January 4, 2014
LAUNCH: Nike Kobe 6 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: January 11, 2014
LAUNCH: Nike Kobe 7 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: January 18, 2014
LAUNCH: Nike Kobe 8 “Prelude”
LAUNCH: January 25, 2014
The Kobe 9.
This color way is called “The Masterpiece.” It releases February 8, 2014
A completely new look from previous Kobe shoes, the Kobe 9 is the first basketball shoe to feature Flyknit, one of Nike’s signature materials used for running shoes. Also, very noticeably, it’s now a high top for the first time on a Kobe since his third shoe in 2007. The shoe also has a carbon fiber heal counter running to the forefoot for added support and an anatomical outsole, deriving from the previously used herringbone. And of course, the 9 red embroidered details on the heel as a nod to Kobe’s Achilles sutures
“Kobe is hard to work with, but in a good way. He pushes us and has high expectations. There is no one that is more involved than Kobe when it comes to developing product.”-Nike CEO, Mark Parker
“I look for inspiration everywhere. The low was inspired by Soccer. For this one I was with Manny, looking at his boxing boot and started to wonder if there was something there.”-Kobe Bryant on the Kobe 9
The Kobe 9 was designed by VP, Eric Avar, who’s worked with Kobe since he signed with Nike in 2003. Avar has been the chief creator for all of Kobe’s signature shoes with the Swoosh and has also worked on the Air Penny’s, Foams, Huarache, Shox BB4, Hypeflight and Hyperdunk series, along with others.
“To go into the future, you have to look into the past. From a design perspective, you design is always a play on classic elements with midifications and updates. Flyknit is a high-reslolutions design tool. You can design down to the stitch”-Eric Avar
“Kobe requested a high top that played like a low top. So we used the fibers and material in the upper to do that. We designed for a foot in motion.”–Eric Avar
So what do you guys think of the Kobe 9? Worth copping?
Edit: Kobe wearing the Kobe 9’s in practice yesterday. (Credit: Lakers Nation)
Special Thanks to Heidi Burgett and Jacques Slade for quotes and info on the Kobe 9.