This is a pretty interesting move for the Kobe line. First, I’m glad to see they are continuing the Kobe line. We knew this was their plan but nice to see it live. Nike is departing from the numbering sequence (should be Kobe 12) and moving to A.D. to indicate this Kobe shoe is post-retirement. I don’t have any heartburn over that other than it is difficult to remember where it falls in the line years down the road… not a big deal to me though.
In terms of the shoe, we are also back to mesh. I wonder if there is an elite version in the wings with flyknit? I like the cushion system… Zoom Air in the heel and Lunarlon in the front. The traction systems reminds me of the Kobe 10 which proved to be solid. Loving that the shoe is still keeping the low profile. The heel area is 100% better than the 11 and I’m digging the chromed out heel cup. The tongue also looks plush which helps us no-show sock hoopers. All in all, the shoe looks decent. Hard to tell on a grey colorway but it looks solid. Reminds me of the Kobe 9 EM when it first released and I love that shoe. At $160 we won’t be breaking the bank either. Nice job Nike Basketball.
Here are some other details from the press release on Nike News:
Kobe Bryant’s first post-retirement signature silhouette, the Nike Kobe A.D., continues a legacy of lightweight, low-profile on-court footwear. Combining a Zoom Air unit in the heel, Lunarlon foam in the midsole and a minimal rubber outsole (with micro-tread traction), the shoe provides responsive, flexible cushioning and maximum court feel. A breathable mesh upper with incorporated Dynamic Flywire, ensures lock down for quick changes of direction toward the basket or to cover an opponent.
The Nike Kobe A.D., with a suggested retail price of $160, releases November 21 at nike.com and select retailers.
The second installment of the KOBE 11 Muse Pack is designed by Tinker Hatfield, honoring Kobe’s ascension to greatness with inspiration from Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan III.
Here it is, the end of an era. Today Nike announced the final on-court Kobe shoe. The colorway is titled, Achilles Heel, and is a stunning red, black, and gold. This model looks a lot like the Kobe 8 & 9 and in my book, that isn’t a bad thing. We are also hearing rumors that there won’t be an Elite or High Top version of the Kobe. That probably means they are going to push out a ton of colorways. I hope they revisit some of the classic colorways for this final release.
The upper is made of an enhanced fly-knit which they are claiming is perfect for hoops as it has a plastic yarn woven in for flexibility and strength. As long as it isn’t rigid like the Kobe X, it should be just fine.
The cushioning is a full-length Lunarlon insole with a drop-in zoom bag which should work well. The forefoot section of the Lunarlon has grooves in it to increase flexibility.
The traction pattern is new with a multi-dimensional pattern that looks decent but we need some more info before we can judge the effectiveness.
All in all it looks great and yes, I’m more sad about the shoe line ending than Kobe’s career ending. I think they will still push out shoes under the Kobe brand but like we saw with Jordan, it isn’t the same.
We have also seen a few other colorways release today which look promising. This Kobe XI model – Achilles Heel – is scheduled for release on Jan 9, 2015. I haven’t seen a price point yet but I imagine they will be $199.
First look at the Kobe 11 low [UPDATE: this is GS version]. First impressions… looks like the Kobe 9 & 8… not a bad thing. That outsole looks kind of bizarre as I’m not sure what type of cushion system they are using. The upper looks like an engineered mesh or possibly a tight woven material. Not a bad shoe but based on reports that Tinker was taking this one and that Kobe’s career is winding down, I might have expected something more unique.
Kobe 11 is around the corner…
The Nike Kobe 11 release date is set to debut this January 2016 in a Red, Gold, and Black colorway, followed by a Kobe 11 Bruce Lee, Easter, and Lakers pair
Nike Kobe 11 Release Date
Nike Kobe 11
University Red/Metallic Gold-Black
January 9, 2016
Nike Kobe 11 “Home”
January 30, 2016
Nike Kobe 11
Hyper Grape/White-Black-University Gold-Bright Crimson
February 27, 2016
Nike Kobe 11 “Bruce Lee”
University Gold/Black-University Red
March 19, 2016
Nike Kobe 11 “Easter”
Dark Grey/Volt-Bright Mango-Court Purple-Black
March 25, 2016
2 Elite Low:
-010 // BLACK/WOLF GREY/PINK FLASH/BLACK
1 Elite Low – XMAS cw // 802560-076 // BLACK/BRIGHT CRIMSON//METALLIC GOLD // $250
1 Elite High – More Than Likely “WTK” // 802762-707 // TOUR YELLOW/VOLT//BLACK // $225
3 EM Low:
-305 // EMERALD GLOW/COURT PURPLE//REFLECT SILVER
-402 // SOAR/DEEP ROYAL BLUE//METALLIC SILVER
-002 // BLACK/RADIANT EMERALD/DARK GREY/METALLIC SILVER
2 Elite High:
-004 // BLACK/BLUE LAGOON/VOLT/METALLIC SILVER
-614 // UNIVERSITY RED/OBSIDIAN/BRIGHT CRIMSON/WHITE
KOBE XI ELITE LOW// UNIVERSITY RED/BLACK/BRIGHT CRIMSON/METALLIC GOLD // 822675-670 // 01/09/15 // $200