Who should buy the Nike Kobe 9 Elite

The Nike Kobe 9 Elite is an aesthetically appealing shoe that performs beastly on the court. It has Flyknit and Flywire in the upper. With these technologies, you'd surely want to have a pair. This is also a perfect option for you if:

  • You're looking for a Kobe signature shoe that is top-notch on comfort and support.
  • You're a big Kobe Bryant fan, and you'd definitely want to wear this on the streets.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite logo

Nike's solid midsole setup for Kobe 9 Elite

The responsiveness and impact protection that the Nike Kobe 9 Elite delivers come from the Lunarlon cushion in its midsole. 

Nike Kobe 9 Elite midsole front

This material is purposely made lightweight so as not to interfere with the wearer’s quick movements, which are sufficiently supported by the the shoe’s traction.

Outstanding outsole structure

Although made of rubber that is thinner than what is usually used on Nike basketball shoes, the outsole of the Kobe 9 Elite surely does not fall short in providing game-enhancing traction. In fact, using thinner rubber might have worked to the Kobe 9 Elite’s advantage because this setup affords the wearer flexibility, which is especially useful when the wearer is fond of doing cuts and quick sprints.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite outsole top

The outsole features a unique traction pattern that looks like a fingerprint. This pattern maps out important pressure points and provides effective multidirectional tread.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite outsole heel

Powerful lockdown of Kobe 9 Elite

The one-to-one fit of this shoe is further enhanced by its use of Nike’s Flyknit. This material is known to conform to the shape of the foot, leaving no space for possible internal slippage.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite lace

The power of the traditional lacing system of the Nike Kobe 9 is effectively complemented by another proprietary technology called Flywire. Inspired by the design of suspension bridges, this technology allows the shoe to grasp the shoe better when the laces are tightened. Finally, an extended knit collar gives this shoe its high-top silhouette and support capacities.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite top

Nike Kobe 9 Elite's strong, yet comfy construction

Comfort is really one of the top considerations for the design of this shoe. Aside from ensuring a one-to-one fit, the Flyknit material also provides high levels of next-to-skin comfort. The tongue is made of sandwich mesh, further ensuring a comfortable experience. There is also plush foam around the heel and ankle.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite back

Unique, beautiful, and functional style of Nike Kobe 9 Elite

The Nike Kobe 9 Elite’s focus on performance surely did not mean an abandonment of style. On the contrary, designers made it a point to integrate beauty with utility.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite ankle top

Giving the shoe its unique aesthetic appeal is the colored threads that are integrated with the structure of the Flyknit. This clever integration results in a multi-color appearance will be a feast for the eyes. To match this, the midsole also features specks of color.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite back top

Brand and signature Kobe Bryant elements are also on the shoe. Kobe Bryant’s signature and Sheath logo is prominently emblazoned on the tongue. The iconic symbol of the nine stitches that he got after an injury is prominently at the back of the extended knit collar. Finally, a stylized Swoosh is prominently on display at the lateral side of the shoe.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 14.2oz
Top: High
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kobe
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Green / Black / Grey / Blue / Red / Purple

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.