Nike Basketball’s Elite Series of footwear is designed for the rigors of the NBA’s second season, aka the playoffs, where every man on the roster is expected to leave all he has on the court. Having previously showcased the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Elite, we now turn our attention to the elevated edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII, available in white or black “home” and “away” colors. To help keep Kobe’s eyes on the prize — not that the hyper-focused veteran needs any additional motivation — the shoes carry a gold Swoosh as an elegant reminder of the championship trophy. Premium upgrades include carbon fiber mid-foot shank and heel counter, plus Nike Pro Combat-inspired collar protection, providing flexible support and a superior fit. A Flywire-reinforced upper and non-slip sock liner with anatomical fit round out the details. Click through for detailed images, and look for the kicks to land in stores on April 28th.