The Kobe VIIs just won’t stop raining down on us this week.  Not that we’re complaining.  Yesterday we had a detailed look at the Kobe VII “Black History Month” and “Black/White-Wolf Grey-Cool Grey” colorways.  Today we get our first look at the Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Black – Purple- Red”.

Continuing Nike’s annual tradition of releasing a Kobe “Draft Day” colorway, the overarching theme of this edition begs the question “What if the Raptors had drafted Kobe?”  Personally on first glance this shoe reminds me more of the car from the 2001′s “Swordfish” than anything Toronto has ever worn in the paint.

It is difficult to tell with a single viewing angle, but the molded mid-sole and heel look to possibly utilize chameleon paint, which shifts colors when viewed from different vantage points.  This doesn’t seem very likely due to the expense of such paint, but could be feasible with a limited run.  Then again it could be some other iridescent coloring method, it will be easier to tell as more photos and information become available.

The upper features a nice purple-to blue shift, and the white swoosh contrasts nicely against it.   The rumor online is that this edition will be limited to an Asian release, which would be a huge disappointment to U.S. sneakerheads.  We’ll keep you posted when more release and pricing information is available.

UPDATE: New angle shots confirm color shifting mid-sole AND upper.  Amazing.  The Shark, Cheetah, and Wolf have already made an appearance on the Kobe VII, could this cameleon paint and lizard print indicate the Cameleon is the next entry to the predator pack?  I’m guessing it is unrelated, since there is no respective animal logo on the heel as was present with other pack entries.

Nike Harajuku in Tokyo will have the shoe in stock tomorrow.  No word yet on a U.S. release.  Some are dubbing it “Iridescent”.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on any future updates and release info @kicksologists or on Facebook.

Care of US11.

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