Nike Kobe 9
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Released in 2014, the Kobe 9 was designed by Eric Avar with input from Bryant himself. The knit collar let the ultra-high shoe feel as comfortable as a low-top. See More
The Kobe 9 has one of the most unique silhouettes of any athletic shoe. Described by one writer as a "high-high-high top," this shoe incorporated lots of new technology. From the ultra-light Flyknit fabric to the Lunarlon cushioning, this shoe was built for high performance. Even the sole was researched heavily. A pressure map was used to help the 9 deliver traction at all the right places. Later editions of the Kobe 9 famously featured nine red stitches on the heel to signify the Achilles injury he successfully came back from. Today, Kobe 9s are available in both high and low profiles, and both are popular. The Multi-Color/Reflect Silver-Chlorine Blue Kobe 9 Elite What the Kobe and the NOLA Gumbo League "Maestro" in Black/Metallic Gold-White take the original silhouette in vibrant new directions.