Shoebiz – Nike Kobe 8 Collection

The Kobe 8 is one of the best basketball shoes ever made both from a hoop and a casual wear point of view.  I know my opinion is biased because of my appreciation for a low cut hoop shoe but I know I’m not alone.  Nike hit it out of the park with this line which combined performance, innovation, and creativity all into one great shoe.  This was the lightest shoe to date at 9.6 ounces which is always a good thing in my book.  This line also ran for a extended period of time.  The Nike Kobe 8 launched in Dec 20, 2012 and ended around January 2014.

Here is some of the background from Nike on the inspiration for this great line…

The Kobe 8 System is the result of a close collaboration between Nike Performance Footwear Creative Director Eric Avar, his team and Kobe himself. For his latest creation, Kobe wanted a shoe that acted as an extension of his foot, mirroring his quick performance while staying lower to the ground.

“I’m always focused on improving my game, to perform at my best.  I want my shoes to mimic the speed of my game,” Kobe said. “By shaving fractions off the height and weight, it allows me to play faster with more control so I can maneuver across the court – I want to feel like I’m moving at the speed of light.”

In response to athlete feedback, the design team incorporated an innovative textile — Nike Engineered Mesh — for the first time in a basketball shoe. This created a dynamic and ultra-lightweight fit that is 90 percent mesh for 360 degrees of breathability and tightly woven for strength and flexibility to bend naturally with the foot. Additionally, the no-sew, synthetic overlays on the toe and lateral quarter panel provide support for even the toughest games.

“We’re always pushing the limits of Kobe’s shoe to be faster, more precise, and to be modern,” Avar explained. “Kobe’s big on being bold, aggressive, provocative and making an impact. Working together, we’re on a never-ending quest for the perfect shoe for him.

“Nike Engineered Mesh creates a dynamic fit that syncs around Kobe’s foot to mimic the natural biomechanics, delivering security where he needs it. As the design team began working with the mesh, it took on this scale-like snake pattern that really brought the black mamba inspiration to life in compelling way.”

The shoe’s full-length Lunarlon midsole delivers lightweight, low-profile cushioning, and is low to the ground allowing for greater stability.  A one-millimeter rubber outsole – combining classic herringbone with a snake scale-inspired traction pattern – uses less rubber than traditional outsoles for lightweight durability and excellent multi-surface traction. The 3-D anatomical heel counter provides a sleek, locked down fit.

Beginning December 20, 2012, the black/sulfur color of the KOBE 8 SYSTEM will be available in stores globally, on nike.com and through NIKEiD. The python-inspired color launches in Greater China on January 12, 2013, and in North America on February 2, 2013.

Nike Kobe 8 Colorways

 

Nike Sneakers Release Date Rumors

Nike Sneakers Release Dates Rumors for 2013-14

Nike Kobe 8 Mine Greys

Nike Kobe 8 Mine Greys

The release dates can change depending on the manufacturer.

courtesy: http://basketrevolution.wordpress.com/sneaker-release-dates/

I rearranged the list and sorted it by type to make it easier in case you are a particular fan of one over the others.

Shoe Description Date Player
2 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “LANEY” 11/2/2013 Jordan
16 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “LANEY” 11/16/2013 Jordan
30 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “OREO” 11/30/2013 Jordan
14 – AIR JORDAN 12 RETRO/WHITE 130690-125 12/14/2013 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO/BLACK 378037-006 12/21/2013 Jordan
28 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “BRED” 12/28/2013 Jordan
18 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/DK POWDER BLUE 136064-406 1/18/2014 Jordan
15 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO/WHITE 384664-123 2/15/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN RETRO 10/WHITE 310805-106 2/21/2014 Jordan
8 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/WHITE 136064-123 3/8/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-033 4/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW BG/WHITE 528896-153 4/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW “CONCORD” 528895-153 5/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO “CARMINE” 384664-160 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/WHITE 555088-123 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/GYM RED 555088-601 5/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-023 6/2/2014 Jordan
7 – AIR JORDAN 2 RETRO/WHITE 385475-102 6/7/2014 Jordan
28 – Nike KD VI/GAMMA BLUE 599424-400 11/28/2013 KD
03 – Nike KD VI/MET’LC PEWTER 599424-003 12/3/2013 KD
26 – Nike KD VI “CHRISTMAS” 599424-601 12/26/2013 KD
30 – Nike KD VI/COOL GREY 599424-008 12/30/2013 KD
10 – Nike KD VI/BLACK 599424-010 1/10/2014 KD
17 – Nike KD VI “BHM” 646742-500 1/17/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI/PURE PLATINUM 599424-009 1/20/2014 KD
5 – Nike KD VI/LT CRIMSON 599424-600 2/5/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI (GS)/DK MICA GREEN 599477-301 2/20/2014 KD
28 – Nike KD VI/ELECTRIC GREEN 599424-302 2/28/2014 KD
14 – Nike KD VI/ANTHRACITE 599424-007 3/14/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/TURBO GREEN 642838-300 4/20/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/WHITE 642838-100 5/20/2014 KD
29 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/MINE GREY 555035-003 11/29/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/GREEN GLOW 555035-304 12/13/2013 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/BLACK 636602-002 12/20/2013 Kobe
26 – Nike Kobe 8 “CHRISTMAS” 639522-001 12/26/2013 Kobe
31 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/LT CRIMSON 639654-674 12/31/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-002 2/13/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-500 2/20/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/WHITE 636602-100 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/COURT PURPLE 636602-501 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WOLF GREY 630847-005 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM/BLACK 646701-001 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM “BLITZ BLUE” 646701-413 5/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WHITE 630847-100 5/20/2014 Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-001 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-002 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/BASE GREY 630847-003 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-004 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/NEO TURQ 630847-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/VIVID BLUE 639654-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
22 – Nike LEBRON XI/ARMORY SLATE 616175-401 11/22/2013 Lebron
27 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-001 11/27/2013 Lebron
06 – Nike LEBRON XI / BRAVE BLUE 616175-400 12/6/2013 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/WHITE 616175-100 12/20/2013 Lebron
26 – Nike Lebron XI “CHRISTMAS” 616175-301 12/26/2013 Lebron
30 – Nike LEBRON XI/MICA GREEN 616175-300 12/30/2013 Lebron
17 – Nike Lebron XI “BHM” 646702-001 1/17/2014 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-004 1/20/2014 Lebron
6 – Nike LEBRON XI/ATOMIC ORANGE 616175-800 2/6/2014 Lebron
7 – Nike LEBRON XI/COURT PURPLE 616175-500 3/7/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/LASER CRIMSON 642846-600 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/LT BASE GREY 642849-001 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/MEDIUM KHAKI 642849-200 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/ATOMIC MANGO 642849-800 5/20/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/BLACK 642846-002 5/20/2014 Lebron

 

Shoebiz…Mamba x 8 (Kobe VIII)

Blame the excruciating pain I have been in over the last few days but a pic of the “final” Kobe VIII’s hit the interwebs and I totally missed it:

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Nike-Kobe-VIII

I say “final” because what seems to happen with each new Kobe is that we get a pic of the final shoe in a colorway that is anything but final so who knows what the end result will be for the yellow and black urban camo effect (1988 Storm Shadow aka one of the greatest figures of the GI Joe line would approve no doubt).

Not fully sure on all the tech here but you can assume zoom air (wishful thinking has it as double stacked full length zoom but I don’t buy it) and “engineered mesh” which I’ve heard is a mix between fuse and flyknit engineered for basketball…or something like that.

My take?  Well it looks a lot like the VI’s and I was a fan of that.  I think of this as a revised VI with today’s tech.  And we know they are going to do innovative things with the colors/patterns on the upper.  So at the moment I’m giving it a hesitant thumbs up.

Also, while I don’t know if they are calling this a “system” like the VII’s I do expect different inserts and materials to be used for the rumored four different versions of the shoe.  In addition to what I assume is the base version above there will also be an Elite and Elite + which I would guess would sport some kind of ankle insert and Nike + functionality respectively.  Aside from those three it looks like we are also going to get a “lifestyle” version of the shoe in more traditional, off the court, leather based material.  Take a look at the first pic of those (complete with atrocious colorway) below.

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Shoebiz…Kobe VIII

The first glimpse of the upcoming Kobe VIII has finally been released on an unsuspecting public thanks to Counterkicks.

nike-kobe-viii-1 nike-kobe-viii-system-1

 

This is an early sample so as always we will reserve judgment until the final specs release as both tech and design can change.  If we have learned anything from the preview pics of the last few Kobe’s its that this designed pictured above is likely far from final.  What we have though is an obvious evolution of design that we have seen from the Kobe IV-VII.  The big buzz word with this release is “Engineered Mesh”.  While it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue quite like hyperfuse or flywire this new mesh technique promises performance maneuvered manufacturing for a lighter weight body, maximum ventilation in function, and a sport specific upper.

As you can see the shoe also is once again going to be part of a “system” ala the VII as seen by the ankle sock structure.  Just exactly what options will be part of this system are yet to be seen.

Perhaps one of the most shocking elements of this shoe, or rather the most shocking absence, is the lack of flywire.  Flywire has of course been a staple of the Kobe line since the IV.  Perhaps the most obvious design element of the shoe pictured above is one that perhaps will not be staying.  The Swoosh, which gives a bit of a dynamic feel by being placed so far forward towards the toe box, will instead be returned to a more traditional position along the side of the shoe from everything I have read.

As is the norm, the internet at large seems to be crapping all over the early design of the VIII but for once I like what I see at this early stage.  Lets hope that continues…