Who should buy the Nike Kobe 9 Low

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.

This pair is perfect for you if:

Nike Kobe 9 Low logo top

Nike Kobe 9's midsole configuration

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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low midsole back

Dynamic outsole of Nike Kobe 9 Low

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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low outsole

Still, there are Kobe 9 Lows with XDR or Extra Durable Rubber outsoles. This version is the one that’s suitable for outdoor playing

Great secure 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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low lock

Durable upper setup of Kobe 9

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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low upper mid

Nike Kobe 9 Low's colorful style

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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low heel

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.

Nike Kobe 9 Low toe

Facts / Specs

Weight: 11.9oz
Top: Low
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kobe
Colorways: Red
SKUs: 669630604

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