The problem with the Kobe X was that the 'regular' model was aesthetically nice (depending on one's opinion), but used crappy materials. How many non-flyknit IXs and Xs has the signature athlete himself worn on the court? Then...the Elites came out, and although they were using better materials (Flyknit) many of them were gimmicky.
The only exception to these rules were the HTMs. They used the quality material (Flyknit), and were...kinda elegant. Simplistic. The yin/yang look of the Shark Jaw, the stealth of the Arrowhead, and the subtle flash of the Racecar.
All of Kobe's PEs were 'elegant' too. Quality material... ingenious and simple. The only regular model that was somewhat elegant looking were the Fundamentals, and because they were all white, the crappy/plastic materials were not as obvious. The regular models even get 'folds' after you use them. Crap.
They need to keep it simple, but use quality.
Edited by passthatjawn - 11/29/15 at 2:43pm