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#1 West Coast

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Posted December 11, 2008 - 09:38 AM

Eighteen months ago when Kobe Bryant met with Nike officials to discuss his next shoe, he gave Eric Avar, Nike's performance footwear creative director, one request: build the lowest basketball shoe ever.

"I pressed him on it," Avar said. "I was like, 'A real low? Like a soccer shoe?' And Kobe said, 'Yes. A true, genuine low top.'

"It was pretty remarkable. Here was the greatest basketball player in the world telling me that he didn't need all this stuff around his ankle. And he wanted to prove that to everyone from Nike to fellow NBA players to the consumer."

Bryant is expected to wear the new Kobe IV for the first time in a game on Dec. 19 against Miami.

The shoe is in part inspired by soccer shoes, as Bryant is avid soccer fan.


That is awesome.

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Posted December 11, 2008 - 09:43 AM

should be a good shoe because of how light it is. lighter than the hyperdunk! they should sell the hybrids that kobes wearing now.
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Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:02 AM

well, i'm glad i know a little more about the inspiration...i just hope he doesn't turn an ankle so everyone can say "told ya so"

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#4 SaintNicholasVanExel

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Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:46 AM

a kobe shoe that i might consider wearing.

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Posted December 11, 2008 - 04:24 PM

They put so much tape around those ankles that hightops and mids are probably just redundant.

Edited by daco_inc, December 11, 2008 - 04:25 PM.


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Posted December 12, 2008 - 01:16 AM

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The white shoes are nice.

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The All-Star colorway looks even nicer! :rock:

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 02:00 AM

damnit.

ruined a good run of 3.

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 02:21 AM

To me they are more of MID LOW top.
My homie at Undefeated in Santa Monica told me that they got a display pair Kobe hooked them up.
MID LOW TOP


Them Lower Merion colors are fire

COPPIN these for sho
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Posted December 12, 2008 - 07:27 AM

Those are all-stars, not lower merion.

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 09:57 AM

I haven't been this excited for a shoe to drop since the 11's first came out. First Kobe shoe that I would actually wear.

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 10:00 AM

That is awesome.

Now if he can just shot better than 6-16. That god th refs bail him out with calling fouls.

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 10:18 AM

Those Christmas shoes are funky.
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Posted December 12, 2008 - 02:39 PM

It's basically Kobe's version of the #3 Jordan's

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Posted December 12, 2008 - 02:46 PM

I want a pair of his low cuts

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Posted December 15, 2008 - 01:10 PM

I love the new shoe. I've always liked playing in my running shoes during pick up games and never had a problem with my ankles. I can't wait to get a pair. I'm feeling this colorway a lot.

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Edited by Flobe24, December 15, 2008 - 01:21 PM.

Can't wait to get a pair of these!

#16 JavierLakerFan16

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Posted December 15, 2008 - 01:16 PM

When do they come out?

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Posted December 15, 2008 - 01:18 PM

I'm gettin me a pair when they come out to add to my KB24 KB8 Collection :)
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Posted December 15, 2008 - 02:05 PM

Here's a schedule with all the colorways.

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Can't wait to get a pair of these!

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Posted December 15, 2008 - 02:06 PM

I love the new shoe. I've always liked playing in my running shoes during pick up games and never had a problem with my ankles. I can't wait to get a pair. I'm feeling this colorway a lot.

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i want these

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Posted December 15, 2008 - 02:15 PM

My boy at Undefeated got pair of the Venom editions strictly only for display.

Black with purple and white silver lining!!!!!!

WOW THESE SHOES ARE A MUST COP
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