words // Brandon Richard
images // Mary Hoffmann
For the colorways that make up the Kobe 9 Elite Collection, Kobe Bryant, lead designer Eric Avar and the Nike design team pulled inspiration from the different muses that drive the 16-time All-Star. ‘Detail’ takes us back to the 1500s, when Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo reigned supreme.
Michelangelo was primarily known for his life-like human sculptures, inspiring art for centuries to follow. The ‘Detail’ Kobe 9 Elite features a marbleized look on the upper and outsole, with a neutral palette of white, grey and black giving the shoe a timeless feel.
Kobe 9 Elite is packed with premium performance, highlighted by key technologies such as Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon. Avar’s goal was to enhance the foot’s natural movements, while providing strength, durability and speed.
These Nike basketball shoes will release here for $225 this Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.