Ever wonder just how strong Nike’s Flyknit fibers are? Well, the Swoosh put their state-of-the-art strings on duty and display for Milan Design Week, propping up an aero-static dome at the world premiere of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM. Anchored by nine glass capsules, the inflated dirigible is held down by interconnected webs of Flyknit, with the capsules containing the latest Kobe Bryant sig. Check out the installation in the photos below, and drop your thoughts on the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM in the comment section.
Kobe 9 releases have been rapid-fire as of late, and there are no signs that Nike is intent on slowing down, as the original Elite version of the sneaker is brought down to earth as a low top. Kobe Bryant’s latest signature kick boots the heightened ankle and achilles support systems in favor of a more casual outlook, while managing to keep its Flyknit, Dynamic Flywire and Lunarlon in place. Four HTM colorways of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low are set to kick off the silhouette, with the collection pegged to land exclusively at Nike Stadium Milano and Excelsior in Milan starting today, April 8.
Kobe Bryant is a masterful performer, but what if his latest masterpiece wasn’t the Nike Kobe 9 Elite? Foot Locker explores an alternate side of Kobe in their latest spot, with the Black Mamba positioned as a master piano craftsman rather than an on-court master. Check out the video above, and keep Foot Locker bookmarked for all of your Kobe Bryant footwear and sportswear needs.
From slam dunk giant to versatile vet, Kobe Bryant has shined as a star of stars since his first season in the league. Switching shoe sponsors but always sporting something special, Kobe has kept up with and set some of the biggest trends in basketball footwear. Though not playing, we celebrate his sixteenth All-Star selection with a complete history of his kicks from the showcase weekend.
Quite the rarity, the Nike Kobe 8 has been spotted in a second “Black History Month” colorway. Sporting a printed upper similiar to its counterpart, this year’s purple and gold motif is opted for, with violet marking its territory on the upper in varying shades. Metallic gold is worked into the equation, lighting things up on the Swoosh and heel counter, while also featured via speckles on the midsole. Completing the kick in grand fashion, an opaque outsole is seen also in violet. Check it out for yourself in the embedded Instagram video (courtesy of @realpromotagged) below, and let us know how this one stacks up against the original Kobe 8 “BHM.”
Rappers wanna be hoopers, hoopers wanna be rappers, and they all want to headline Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. This week, we see A$AP Rocky and Big Sean making the best of their adidas deals while Kobe Bryant proves the Nike Kobe 9 Elite has off-court appeal. Wale shows range as well, breaking out basketball kicks from three different decades. It’s not all hip-hop and hoops though, as we see actor Jerry Ferrara return to Turtle and model Joan Smalls rock Riccardo Tisci’s tandem Nikes. Who did it the best this week? Let us know by voting in the comment section, on Twitter and in the poll.