Nike has been an outstanding job of marketing the release of the Kobe 9, which will go on sale worldwide on February 8, 2014. The Kobe 9 will have various colorways and Nike will even offer a low top and casual version of the shoe. Today, Nike unveiled three more Kobe 9 Elite colorways, which are a symbol of Kobe Bryant’s commitment to art, culture, and the city of Los Angeles.
Designer Eric Avar wanted the shoe to allow the foot to have its natural mobility, but also increase the strength and durability of the athlete. The Kobe 9 Elite will include these three technologies: Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon, making this a very light shoe. The Kobe 9 Elite will be one of the most unique shoes to ever be released.
The Kobe 9 Elite are an impressive performance shoe, but Bryant also contributed a great deal of his personal self in the making of this shoe. These three new colorways tell stories of Bryant’s motivational muses:
Bryant is from Philadelphia, but he has called Los Angeles his home since 1996 and it has not changed ever since. He was won five championships with the Lakers and has given all he can to this organization, but still remains committed as he nears the end of his career. When Bryant returns this season, he will wear the Nike Kobe 9 “Inspiration” in his first game back.
Release Date: March 1, 2014
This colorways pays homage to the blue period, which was a three year stretch from 1901 to 1904 in which Pablo Picasso used shades of blue and blue-green in his artwork. Bryant wanted to bring similar beauty to his craft and the “Perspective” colorway is inspired by Picasso’s excellent work and versatility.
Release Date: March 8, 2014.
The “Detail” colorway is inspired by Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance who sculpted the Statue of David and also painted the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists of all time and his work continues to inspire and influence artists to this day. Bryant was influenced by Michelangelo because of his attention to detail, which he was able to demonstrate in each and everyone of his sculptures. Bryant places an enormous amount of importance to detail, which led to the creation of this colorway.
Release Date: March 22, 2014.