THE OFFICIAL KOBE 9 THREAD ****** WHAT THE KOBE RELEASED ******** BHM RELEASE 1/19

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  1. mister friendly

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    Nike wants to redefine Basketball footwear with Kobe 9 Elite featuring Nike Flyknit

    The Kobe 9 Elite



    The KOBE 9 Elite redefines the aesthetics and performance of a basketball shoe and was designed using Nike Flyknit according to Nike’s “Nature Amplified” design ethos, an approach focused on designing for the body in motion and fueled by scientific data and athlete insights.

    “We are just scratching the surface of the potential of Nike Flyknit to transform the way we design shoes to meet athletes’ needs," said Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc. "The Kobe 9 redefines the basketball shoe by combining power, strength, and flexibility with lightweight materials and a whole new method of manufacturing.”

    THE MASTERPIECE:

    Designed with Kobe’s tech insights and design inspirations, the KOBE 9 Elite features three key technologies: Nike Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon, giving the shoe superior lightweight performance. The innovative design enhances the foot’s natural movements while providing Kobe with strength, durability and speed, plus all the benefits of natural motion where he needs it most.

    "I draw inspiration from where I am as a player, as a person, and where my career is at this moment. I'm trying to do something that the majority of people think is impossible to do," Kobe reflected when asked about the inspiration for his latest shoes and about getting back into the game. "I let my emotions out when I step on the basketball floor, it’s always been my escape, and these shoes will touch a nerve on the court in the same way I do."

    Nike Flyknit – which was first used in Nike Running shoes in 2012 – defies conventional shoe manufacturing processes by creating a one-piece engineered upper made from single strands of yarns. Lightweight yet incredibly strong, it has redefined sports shoe technology and comes to basketball for the first time in the KOBE 9 Elite.

    “Nike Flyknit acts as a second skin for Kobe, giving him engineered strength similar to the design of a spider web – tension and strength just where it’s needed,” said Eric Avar, Nike Creative Director and VP of Innovation, who has worked closely with Kobe on his shoe designs for a decade."

    Reverting back to a higher cut for the first time since his third signature shoe in 2007, Kobe’s ninth signature shoe features a knit collar for the proprioceptive feel of a low-top with the support of a mid-top. With the lead colorway dubbed ‘Masterpiece,’ the KOBE 9 Elite uses the intriguing visual patterns allowed by Nike Flyknit to create a piece of art on the upper, nine red embroidered details on the heel give a nod to Kobe’s Achilles sutures. The design on the outsole is based on the pressure mapping of Kobe’s own foot, creating a beautiful pattern while providing traction on court.


    DYNAMIC FIT:

    Nike Flyknit and Flywire technologies are a one-two punch, leading to a dynamic fit for Kobe’s intricate footwork.

    -The single layer Nike Flyknit creates a seamless engineered upper that is the ultimate in superior lightweight performance integrating areas of high breathability, stretch and support where it’s needed most.

    -Nike Flywire technology is strong yet dynamic for lockdown through the midfoot; its cables loosen and tighten with the natural motion of the foot.

    -The carbon fiber heel counter provides strong and lightweight lateral stability when moving from side to side, while the heel remains stable.

    RESPONSIVE RIDE:

    Eliminating bulk and distraction was a focus for Avar. The idea of ‘simplifying without compromise’ helped shape the design of the KOBE 9 Elite.

    -Nike Lunarlon cushioning insert provides responsive cushioning that keeps the foot connected to the court.

    -The pressure mapping designed, minimal rubber outsole delivers durable traction and mimics the natural contours of the foot.

    DESIGN WITH A PURPOSE:

    Nike Flyknit technology introduces a new way to construct a shoe upper by knitting strands of yarn. Nike Flyknit is better for the planet because it drastically reduces waste and materials from typical upper construction. The KOBE 9 Elite upper reduces waste by nearly 50% compared to traditional high-top basketball shoes that use multiple segments and cuts of material in the construction process.

    The KOBE 9 Elite releases globally on Feb. 8, 2014. The retail price is $225





    NRG White and Volt
    February 1st
    NRG Black
    February 1st

    Devotion Maestro
    February 14th




    Inspiration

    March 1




    Perspective

    March 8




    Detail

    March 22




    Showtime

    April 11th






    Superhero

    May 9th





    Gold

    June 6th




    Influence

    June 21st




    Legacy

    October 18th




    Victory

    October 31st


    Strategy

    November 26th


    Christmas




















    Engineered Mesh low

    Kung Fu

    March 29




    EM Premium

    April 11th




    Easter

    April 18th


    Black Crimson

    May 3rd



    May 17th

    June 21st


    June 26th



    Metallic Silver/Grey

    August 1st


    Peach Cream

    August 28th




    CHINA

    August 30th


    Game Royal

    September 5th


    Dusty Cactus

    October 3rd



    Gym Blues

    November 21st




    Deep Garnet

    December 13th









    Flyknit Lows

    HTM

    April 8th





    Michael Jackson

    July 12th




    Beethoven

    August 16th








    RED ELITE LOW

    September 13th




    EXTS

    Mid

    August 26th




    Snakeskin

    November 1st








    Rumoured colorways and release dates




    Player Editions






























    There will be a Flyknit high and low versions and a Engineered Mesh low version

    Kobe 9 Elite Flyknit = $225
    Kobe 9 Elite Flyknit Low = $200
    Kobe 9 Engineered Mesh Low = $160

    Here is the first leaked photo of the Kobe 9 Elite Flyknit



    Kobe 9 Low



     
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  2. vrai1

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    So it's a mid? Thats kinda disappointing, but Flyknit certainly makes up for it. Excited to see these now.
     
  3. wayne141

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    I'm excited about the possibilities these have. Been loving the flyknit runners that have come out so far, and they'll have a lot of possible directions to take the upper designs. I wonder about how durable/structured the upper can be, but seeing how they used a stiffer version of EM on the 8s compared to EM on runners, I think it's definitely doable. I'll take knit material any day over plastic though.
     
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  4. s dubl

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    :smokin

    Can't wait to see what these look like... I'm scared on the price and availability on these tho. Flyknit isn't cheap.
     
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  5. thapointguy

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    The possibilities with Flyknit are endless. Can't wait!
     
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  6. mullins7388

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    I was excited about EM, can't wait for the flyknit :nthat:
     
  7. stilllimitless

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    Not so sure I'm gonna like fly knit...Kobe patterns are getting uglier by the day...I prefer solid patterns and MAYBE some of the occasional prints. Also Nike should move away from the animal theme altogether IMO. Its overdone on the past three models.
     
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  8. la kb24

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    The 8s were really light, even though this is a mid it should still be light with the flyknit :pimp:
     
  9. Kobekobe

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    i say this (and so does everyone else) every year.. but i can't wait!
     
  10. calye2da

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    can't wait to see what these look like :nerd:
     
  11. hebgbz

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    WOW that flyknit is going to be DOPE! But even more expensive[​IMG]
     
  12. alanv23

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    ready to see some pictures!!!!!!
     
     
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  13. rell826

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    The durability should be a concern for those of you who legitimately ball (not shoot around).
     
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  14. kdnotnice

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    Hate teaser pics like these.. need to see more!
     
  15. django0508

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    The 8's were pretty durable for me. Never got the sole to peel like I did for the 6 and 7's
     
  16. lseasick

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    Flyknit x Kobe's...gotta see what they have in store, love my chukka's & lunar 1's..late 2013 & 2014 is gonna be fun
     
  17. joulze

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    So far so good with me and I'm really excited to see how the mid design will turn out! :nerd:
     
  18. 2014nbaballin

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    Excited to see how these come out…can't wait!!:pimp:
     
  19. iks mod

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    Very excited... may have to sell off some pairs of Js to prep for these [​IMG]
     
  20. belly26

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    A flyknit basketball shoe?? Sound like kobe getting hurt next year too.