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.