Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm  |  73 responses

Nike Officially Unveils Kobe 9

The Black Mamba’s ninth signature shoe is finally here. We have the photos!

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for this moment, and its finally here. Meet the Nike Zoom Kobe 9, the latest signature shoe from Kobe Bryant and Nike Basketball. It’s dropping at retail on February 8. We’ll have official photos and much more on the new Kobe coming later this week, with coverage from the sneaker’s launch event in Los Angeles. But for now, check out a first look at the official images from Nike, above. What do you think?

Images via Nike

Related: The Kobe Prelude Pack: A Road to the Masterpiece (VIDEO)

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  • LLC#12

    They’re ugly and I hate them.

  • RunMoreThanYourMouth


  • adb

    they look like boxing shoes.

  • hdgfbhjrb

    It’s a good looking shoe just make it low cut and it’ll be beautiful

  • Jake

    Those have to be hard as hell to get your feet in and out of.

  • Grasshoper Funk

    Kobe must have done his rehab in a ski chalet. That’s why these look like snowboots.

  • Logan

    Just take the top shroud off. And it’s beautiful and they expect us to pay 225 for this shoe fuck no

  • Yesssir

    Manny Pacquiao would be wearing this shoes in his next fight


    These musta’ been designed by Kanyeezus. Why? COZ THEY LOOK LIKE SH*T!

  • SirGrey

    Sorta remind me of the Marty McFlys.

  • Mangdani

    I get it. This is for his achilles. I’ll wait for the kb9 low instead

  • mike

    What happend to low-tops? did’nt kobe swear by them before?

  • Jay Brodes

    wanna see the mid. this is an easy pass. too high for me..period!! cant wait for xmas 2 in the kb8!!!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Id actually wear these on and off the court…. look like they feel great on your foot

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    It’s the worst feeling after a game when you have tough shoes to remove. Just like the Jordan 6

  • Caboose

    Why does EVERY F*CKING SHOE have to be rainbow colored nowadays?

  • rudager

    these are sick shoes

  • Giardini Bella

    These are Awesome. I trust Nike would put Kobe in a great performing, durable, lightweight shoe, especially after his injury. When they come out, the haters will love them. It’s that way every year!

  • MGNowak

    Putting aside questionable rainbow look, I’m not sure about the minimal outsole grip. Might be slippery.

  • :)

    So much ankle protection on these

  • Caboose

    Random poll:
    What are the best shoes you ever played in?
    -Jordan XIX, SE, gold/black colorway
    What are the worst shoes you ever played in?
    -Hurrache 2K5, Nike ID custom colorway

  • slk

    Best: Nike Zoom Lebron 2

    loved them. Comfortable like no other bball shoe.

  • J4zzm4n

    Best Shoes I ever hooped in : Kobe 5 so light I could barely feel them.
    Worst Shoes I ever hooped in : Nike Air Max 180 so freaking heavy
    These look like I should be hitting a speed bag before I hit the court

  • LLC#12

    The first hyperdunks that came out. The ones where Kobe jumps over the Aston Martin in the advert. They were the most comfortable pair of shoes I ever played in.

  • Dfrance

    Best: Nike Shox Stunner
    Worst: Don’t know the name, but they were foamposites with a heel airbubble my college team wore. They stunk.

  • Dfrance

    Would look dope as a mid cut shoe, can’t get with that super high look.

  • candlewood jay
  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Any pair of And 1′s that came out early. I always thought they were extremely comfortable. I even played tennis in them.

    The worst shoes I played in were the ones that came out that had the interchangeable colored straps? anyone remember those?

  • IggI

    They look like my 10 years old daughter’s boots…..So cute…

  • theDankerNuggets

    yeah these are definitely as far from low tops as you can get, I wonder if protecting the achillies has anything to do with it.

  • Pro test

    Gilbert arenas wore low tops hooping and people barely noticed. Kobe signature shoes drops and people went crazy and basically changed the way people looked at playing in low tops.
    Under Armour releases those awful super high tops from fall 2012 and no right minded NBA pro wore them for even 1 quarter in an NBA game. Now Kobe flips the script and wants to go ultra high top and will probably change the way everyone looks playing in these shoes.
    I don’t like them because I wouldn’t look good playing in them. Any skinny legged man want to try these can go right ahead. But fat calves need not apply. It’s like ambercrombe & Fitch making clothes for people with gifted physiques. These shoes will isolate people outside a certain demographic.

  • Pok

    Are these to protect his achilles!? Lol!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Sign of the times my friend. To appeal to the sneakerhead.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    cosign…def top 3

  • LP @ThisisEther


  • Caboose

    Gotta agree with that, I loved wearing those things off the court. Just so comfy.

  • Caboose

    Those old And1 KG2′s with the color changing toe, those were the sh!t, man.

  • esosmooth

    why is everyone talk bout looks….as a basketball player i feel its more bout comfort and durable…if the shoes feel good its look good….and he wearing a high top sneaker now because of his history of ankle and foot injuries.

  • Robby

    I cant tell from the pictures but is it a real high top or more like a low top with just a compression ankle sleeve type material to make it look like a high?

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Best: Either the Nike Air Huarache TB Elite or the Nike Hyperfuse Lows.

    Worst: I hate to say it but my 2012 Nike Hyperdunks weren’t that good. The traction was abysmal on hardwood. And I could never get into the Kobe line, maybe it’s just my foot but they were never comfortable for me and the soles felt “Hard” in the wrong places.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    FWIW, these are more lows than highs… the upper is essentially a glorified sock.

  • Ryan Seavey

    this shoe is going to be AMAZING for ball. it is not for looks. The fly knit is going to be incredible as it’s the first time they’ve used it on a basketball shoe. it really will be a “high top that plays like a low top”. in my opinion, i wish it was a little lower, but it will possibly be the lightest kobe to date so i’ll love it when I wear them. Kobe’s should have mostly been strictly for ball anyways. plus with the lunarlon and carbon fiber!? mad comfortable as lunarlon is just memory foam, and the carbon fiber will provide good, light weight support. 10/10

  • Ryan Seavey

    tough to get in, easy to slip out if you loosen the laces enough.

  • Dfrance

    Looks almost like the UnderArmour Charge BB kicks.

  • Dfrance

    Sam Cassell and Nash wore lows even before Arenas did. The thing is none of their shoes looked cool to wear off court, so no one noticed.

    And you’re spot on, these are almost a complete rip off of those UA shoes, from a design standpoint, but they’re Kobes and look a little prettier so people will take notice.

  • Dfrance


  • Armando

    Best: Nike Air Maestro Flight (1992)… Man, I loved those, wore them to shreds (white/black: http://hiddencrate.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/air-maestro-fire-red-white-130162-000-130162-100-1large.jpg )

    Worst: Nike Shox Mtx.

    Currently: Adidas Crazy Light Low – Love ‘em.

  • robb

    These are the Elites. I expect more traditional colours when the regular model comes out. I

  • robb

    Best -AJ 2011 Black. Very Comfortable, great quality, great cushioning. Traction was OK, could’ve been better

    Worst- KD III. Cheap shoe

  • BE.water

    You didnt like the 2k5? I loved those, I played in them until the soles peeled off.

    Favorites: Iverson IV

    Worst: D-Rose 2.5

  • Caboose

    I’ve got weak ankles and the support on the 2K5′s was thin. The upper kept buckling on me when I turned too quickly.

  • BE.water

    I hear ya. They just felt so amazing on my feet. haha, I even went to foot locker and bought the low budget versions called the “Double Figures” just to hoop outdoors in.

  • Caboose

    Lol the soles on the Huaraches have always been great. I really enjoyed the XXI’s for that reason too.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Yea.. that’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw these.

  • Shooting Guard

    buy first, worry later

  • urriah

    if you watch a video of kobes interview.. he actually said it is inspired by manny pacquiaos movements (and shoes)

  • urriah

    best – adidas Rose 1.5

    worst – can’t really say… i hate the pinky pinch in the Rose 2…

  • urriah

    Charge BB.. in UA forums….. we would go crazy if Steph wears them even once..

    google 2011′s UA Micro G Juke and you will be amazed how UA “redefined basketball footwear” 2 seasons ago

  • urriah

    not the Charge per se.. the Micro G Juke (google that)

  • Just Ice

    these are jus ridiculously appealing can not wait to purchase these

  • Mack

    Man this are nice !

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    best pairs: Lebron 1s, all black, adidas pro model 2g

    actually the lebron 2 gray colorway, and white/blue colorway… were tough.i took out the straps though

    And the vince carter shocks bb4 wiht black side and white toe

    worst pairs: probably Jordan 6s, jordan17s

  • robb


  • Dfrance

    I’m talking about the “high top” thats not really a high top, thats the Charge.

  • Dfrance

    I think all KDs kicks have been subpar. I’m wearing the 5s now occasionally and sole is just really weak. I think because he tries to keep the price down, they don’t put all the good tech in them. No carbon fiber plate? smh

  • Shved a Tear

    The red stitching on the back representing his stitches are a nice touch

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    These are gonna be awesome to play in

  • Troop

    DANG, the DROSE 4′s should have been knee high, he would have been fine!

  • Jay Brodes

    wanna see the mids..too high for me personally..do not seem praactical..the xmas2 is a must as is the prelude v!

  • nonstoptroll

    i thought he likes playing in low tops?took him 5 yrs and achiles injury to switch back to

    higer cut.

  • robb

    yeah, the sole definitely was the worst part of the shoe.

  • Dion Alexander

    Make a low top and it might make more sales

  • TTK

    Nike makes bullshit sneakers.