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Nike released two versions of the Kobe 9 Low. The first is the Elite version with a Flyknit upper and a carbon fiber shank on the rear panel. The second is the engineered mesh (EM) version. This shoe model features a TPU shank on the lateral side for support and containment. The shoe was released in March 2014 with a price lower than its Elite version.
The Kobe 9 series is the first in the signature athlete’s line to have the symbol of the stitches he had from tearing his Achilles’ tendon. Bryant says it reminds him of where he is today and all his achievements after 18 years of being a professional basketball player.
Another low-top sneaker to celebrate is Kobe Bryant’s AD 2018 model from Nike. Instead of Lunarlon, these shoes comes with a Phylon midsole and a huge Zoom unit at the heel. The setup provides enough impact absorption and comfort.
Cushion. The midsole of the Kobe 9 Low is entirely made of Lunarlon. As per Nike’s website, it is a light, soft, and resilient foam that evenly distributes impact and weight and gives a responsive feel. The setup of the midsole also gives a nice court feel.
Traction. The outsole of the Nike Kobe 9 Low is usually made of icy, translucent, and flexible outsole. It has a pressure-mapped traction pattern that delivers a good court grip on any surface, making it so supportive of multidirectional footwork. However, this type of rubber is preferably for indoor use only.
Still, there are Kobe 9 Lows with XDR or Extra Durable Rubber outsoles. This version is the one that’s suitable for outdoor playing
Length and Width. The Nike Kobe 9 Low comes in the average length and width. Reviewers have different assessments of the fit. Some mention it is true to size. A few have reported that the shoe fits fairly tight at the midfoot. Still, for those with normal-sized feet, it is best to go true to size. For wearers with wider feet, it is best to fit the shoe first before buying or go for slightly bigger sizes.
Lockdown. The Kobe 9 Low has Flywire technology to keep the foot in place. The upper setup provides great foot containment, hence, foot slippage is avoided. Both sides of the shoe boast TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) shanks to give it a firmer structure. The shoe uses the standard lacing system with flat shoelaces.
The upper of the Nike Kobe 9 Low is made of thick engineered mesh with fuse overlays on the forefoot. The fuse keeps the shoe durable even with toe drags and prolonged use. The engineered mesh keeps the foot comfortable and ventilated. The inside of the mesh upper is lined with nylon for reinforcement.
The low-top construction of the Nike Kobe 9 Low comes in numerous colorways. Buyers will have an option to choose from the lightest to the darkest of hues, whichever colorway best fits their personality.
Both sides of the shoe have the Swoosh logo. Depending on the colorway, the Swoosh may have a chrome effect. The tongue, heel counter, and outsole have the famous logo of Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s signature is embossed on the lateral sides of the shoe. Like his previous signature shoes, the heel counter has the nine stitches he had after tearing his Achilles’ tendon.
Kobe Bryant’s signature shoes are releases in plenty of ordinary and special colorways. The following are some of the basic ones:
Nike Kobe 9 Premium “Barangay”
The Nike Kobe 9 Premium "Barangay" is a Philippine exclusive on its first release in May 2014. It is inspired by the love of the Filipinos for basketball. The inspiration of the design is from a public utility vehicle in the Philippines called Jeepney. It is designed by Eric Goto, who himself has Filipino blood.
The upper has an interesting mix of blue, red, and yellow that forms the pattern usually found on “banig,” which is a type of indigenous mat that Filipinos in the rural areas sleep on. Overlapped by the Swoosh logo, the number “24” is on the lateral side. The icy outsole has the “tsinelas” design with a crimson Kobe logo on the heel. “Tsinelas” is the Filipino term for flip flops, which some Filipinos use when playing basketball.