Nike, Kobe Bryant Release New Shoe

Nov 26, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant speaks with the media prior to the Lakers

Kobe Bryant is on the cusp of returning to the court, and he will have some new gear when he does. Nike and Kobe Bryant have released the new “Kobe 9″ on Wednesday night at an event hosted by the company.

This is Kobe’s 9th shoe for Nike, and it has a unique look to it. For the last four shoes, Bryant has gone with a low top look, but as you can see from the photo above, those are far from low tops. Bryant cited an interesting source for inspiration when it came to the shoe:

Obviously, this shoe will be greeted with some ankle and Achilles jokes, but I assume Kobe will use that for motivation (he seems to get motivated by everything). Personally, I like the shoe. Kobe practiced in the new gear on Wednesday, which was his second full practice in a row. All signs seem to point to him playing on Friday against the Kings, and we will get to see the shoe on full display.

Here are some more photos from the event:

nike kobe 9 launch 01 Nike Kobe 9 First Look

nike kobe 9 launch 02 Nike Kobe 9 First Look

This is certainly an interesting basketball shoe. Will you be getting a pair? Let us know what you think of the look and whether you’ll cop a pair in the comments below.

Pictures via Dave McMenamin and Sneaker News.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Nike, Shoes

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