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
Finally an EXT I can get behind… great model… great color scheme… unique woven upper… and gum bottom. …so good!
Source: KD8 EXT – Release Date. Nike.com
2 Elite Low:
-010 // BLACK/WOLF GREY/PINK FLASH/BLACK
-515 // COURT PURPLE/VIVID PURPLE/CAVE PURPLE/WHITE
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