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#1 lns824

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Posted November 10, 2013 - 06:27 PM

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The provocative KOBE 9 Elite embodies Nike’s singular focus on delivering innovation that makes athletes better.  Evidence of Nike’s passion to simultaneously push the limits of design is best proven in the details.

In this exclusive look at the KOBE 9 Elite Masterpiece we decode the creation of this striking shoe by sharing nine design details from Nike designer Eric Avar. 

More than two years in the making, Avar worked closely with Kobe Bryant on the design and development process and estimates the two met in person 15 times, spending hours obsessing details to create The Masterpiece:

Nine design details from Nike designer Eric Avar

 

KOBE INSIGHT #1:  I WANT TO FEEL THE COURT.

Eric Avar:  “We created a thin web outsole less than 3 millimeters thick, combined with a responsive Lunarlon insert.“

Performance result:  This combination puts the foot in close contact with the court surface, allowing agile cuts, quick response and tremendous court feel.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #2:  I’M LOOKING FOR A HIGH-TOP THAT FEELS LIKE A LOW-TOP.

Eric Avar: “Let’s integrate lightweight ankle support with a Flyknit collar that is barely noticeable.”

Performance result:  Allows a natural range of motion, proprioception and an intuitive fit with the lightweight feel of a low-top.  The collar is high, but there are zero distractions or restrictions.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #3:  MAKE IT PERSONAL.

Eric Avar: “We’ll incorporate nine red sutures stitched up the back of the shoe.”

Performance result:  Toughness. These sutures represent Bryant’s commitment to recover from a torn Achilles.

  KOBE INSIGHT #4:  I WANT TO MOVE WITH THE QUICKNESS OF A BOXER.

Eric Avar: “Create a design that acts as a second skin and locks in the foot.”

Performance result: A natural feel of the upper, combined with sole that “moves with you,” allows basketball movements that mimic the footwork you see in a boxing ring.

  KOBE INSIGHT #5:  USE THE BEST MATERIALS.

Eric Avar: “Flyknit, Flywire, Lunarlon and carbon fiber are outstanding for performance.”

Performance result: The combination of high-performance materials are lightweight, responsive, strong and durable.  For a player like Bryant who runs more than four miles in the average game, shedding weight without compromising strength makes a significant impact.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #6:  COMFORT IS KEY.

Eric Avar: “A quilted tongue and padded inner-sleeve will provide a great feel, with aero mesh in the inner sleeve for comfort and breathability.”

Performance result:  In tandem with the Flyknit, the quilted tongue and inner bootie provide a comfortable, glove-like fit.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #7:  INJECT SOME CHAOS.

Eric Avar: “Evolve the Chaos colorway and feature four distinct shades in the Flyknit’s four threads: red, purple, green and black.  The Chaos colorway began with the Kobe IV in 2008 as a tribute to Kobe’s intrigue with the joker – let’s parlay that into the ‘Masterpiece’ colorway.”

Performance result: Distinction on the court.  Absolutely no pair of the Masterpiece colorway are the same, they are all unique – like snowflakes. The Flyknit creation process weaves a one-of-a-kind upper so that no shoe is the same; the color blend is different on each shoe.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #8:  I WANT TO STOP AND CUT ON A DIME.

Eric Avar: “An evolved herringbone traction pattern that mimics the foot’s natural pressure mapping – what nature intended.”

Performance result: With an outsole traction pattern that provides maximum grip, no slipping and sliding on the court.

 

KOBE INSIGHT #9:  KEEP PEOPLE GUESSING.

Eric Avar: “Let’s include the Kobe code.”

Performance result: Small details matter, both in basketball and design. The Kobe code is featured on each shoe, both on the lateral (outside) and medial (inside) sides of the midsole.  Code on lateral side translates to: ‘Masterpiece.’ Code on medial side translates to ‘Veni, vidi, vici,' an inspirational Latin phrase that translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

 

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Original Post:

Twitter @BetoDuran:
 
''Kobe said his new shoes will come out in February. Hope they have velcro''
 
https://twitter.com/...716702251782144
 
Rumored to be Flyknit, high I believe, can't confirm that.


Edited by lnsaccount, March 27, 2014 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted November 10, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Will they be available at Payless?


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#3 lns824

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Posted November 10, 2013 - 07:07 PM

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Posted November 10, 2013 - 09:01 PM

That's only the high top. A low top version is expected and the Venomenoms will finally reach stateside. Got all this info from NT, just like that KoC article that's a direct quote from the thread.


Edited by Piston Honda, November 10, 2013 - 09:01 PM.


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Posted November 10, 2013 - 10:14 PM

No pictures?

You have more info on this?

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Posted November 10, 2013 - 10:38 PM

^ They're in the 2K14 trailer allegedly:

 

http://kicksoncourt....a-2k14-trailer/


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#7 gque24

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Posted November 11, 2013 - 07:02 AM

I always rock the kobes to ball in, but if these rumors are true its not sounding good for the 9s. I dont want no shoes similar to MJ 28 coming out under Kobe brand.


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#8 MAMBA24ILL

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Posted November 11, 2013 - 01:28 PM

Went shopping for kicks yesterday & it's kinda sad how there's no new Kobe gear on the shelfs or racks right now. 


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Posted November 11, 2013 - 02:03 PM

^ They're in the 2K14 trailer allegedly:

 

http://kicksoncourt....a-2k14-trailer/


Those look NOICE!


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#10 MidnightMarauder

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Posted November 11, 2013 - 06:45 PM

Went shopping for kicks yesterday & it's kinda sad how there's no new Kobe gear on the shelfs or racks right now. 

Yeah, same. Lots more LeBron stuff. Three or 4 years ago they had a huge Kobe section in the mall.

 

I live in Pennsylvania, though.(Leaving soon! excited) It's hard to find Lakers stuff around here.



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Posted November 19, 2013 - 01:13 PM

Yeah, same. Lots more LeBron stuff. Three or 4 years ago they had a huge Kobe section in the mall.

 

I live in Pennsylvania, though.(Leaving soon! excited) It's hard to find Lakers stuff around here.

I'm in Austin & even the outlets up the highway in Round Rock use to have some Kobe stuff. Not this time around. Not even one pair of shoes. Not a t-shirt/shorts. 
But I'm certain it'll change soon. 


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 03:43 PM

I hope they'll be high tops. My coach is very strict about low tops,so I couldn't wear any Kobe's since the low top design :(  

My last were these beauties.

 

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 05:10 PM

http://niketalk.com/...56106/id/662600

 

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Yuck.

 

Is he going to release a low version?



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Posted November 20, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Eww..

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 12:53 AM

:blink:


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 12:59 AM

I hope there's a low version



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Posted November 21, 2013 - 02:30 AM

looks like they're like the 8s with the removable ankle [expletive]

 

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 05:08 AM

With the right colorway they will be copped.  Can't wait to see the final model though.  The Kobe 8's were fire but the sample model was very blah when it leaked. 


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 06:35 AM

1st glance they ugly its like an evolution of the kobe 7s


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