Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 10:54 am  |  10 responses

Kicks: Two Models of the Zoom Kobe VII?

by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

You’ve seen pics of the Zoom Kobe VII, but CounterKicks has unearthed some more info about the shoe and what you can expect from what is arguably the most widely worn signature shoe in the basketball market today (by sneakerheads, young ballers and pros alike).

The ZKVII will take on the traits of three different animals: a shark, a cheetah and a black mamba snake. The shark will represent power and strength, the cheetah is speed and quickness, while the mamba of course will continue to represent the ultimate predator.

How those traits manifest is where it gets interesting. Taking the cue from the LeBron 8 line this year, CK is saying that the Kobe VII will have two shoe models. The regular version of the shoe will fall under the lightweight, Zoom-Air loaded sneak that we’ve come to expect from Nike and Kobe over the last three years.

The second model of the ZKVII will be a more expensive “Supreme” edition. CK explains it further:

“The higher price point Zoom Kobe VII Supreme supposedly showcases an internal booty/ankle fit system, transforming the shoes from cheetah “fast” to shark “strong”. If this story sticks true, it wouldn’t be a first in the Kobe Bryant line. Nike presented and sold the Zoom Kobe II concept as a three model shoe pack, exhibiting alternate styles for “Sheath,” “Strength,” and “Lite” looks.”

Check this pic from the Nike Basketball China catalogue for a visual breakdown of the brand’s plan.

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  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    3 ways to make more money

  • dune

    Another pathetic cash-grab from Nike. How surprising.

  • Jer dawg

    Well, if it WORKS for Lebron’s V1, V2, PS. They are limiting production of each version of Kobe VII so it wouldn’t seem like overkill of one shoe. Interesting.

  • Eddie1

    Brought to you by the same people who brought you all of Jason Terry’s 3′s. SMH.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Interesting, to say the least. The diagram makes me think of The Legend of Zelda’s TriForce.

  • rich

    why not make 1 great shoe that becomes the only logical choice for a ball shoes like the first hyperdunk was when it came out

  • Karley

    What? I don’t want a shark and cheetah on my shoe. Quickness and strength come from your desire and ethics to work hard.. Dumb idea

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    So kobe’s not happy enough just to be the black mamba he wants to also infuse cheetah and great white DNA into his shoe too? strange.

  • jayb

    ill take the light weight version and as long as we get a full season i want the lightweight to be the xmas version and all star! holla!!

  • Thomas

    It’s really nothing new. Just an attempt to sell more shoes with different uppers on the same last to lower cost and increase profit. It’s not like Nike hasn’t done this before.