Clocked at an average speed of 11 mph, its stealthy (and often deadly) strikes make the Black Mamba one of the most feared predators on Earth. It is also a source of veneration for Kobe Bryant when he took on his alter ego persona. Drawing cues from both predators, Nike unveiled the newest addition to Bryant’s signature collection, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI. Led by Nike Performance Footwear Creative Director, Eric Avar, a team of designers set out to create a pair of performance footwear that is lightweight and yet able to take on the punishing regiments on the basketball court. Measured at only 10.6 ounces (in a US size 9), the Nike Zoom Kobe VI incorporated a unique design element on its exterior, fragmented “islands” composed of polyurethane. More than just a visual semblance to the skin of the Black Mamba, the weight saving application protects Bryant from in-play collisions. To reinforce the notion of Black Mamba’ deadly characteristics, the term “Venomenon” is etched on the front rim.
It isn’t just about the looks, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI is the most technical performance footwear up-to-date. Sockliner made from dual layer memory foams give Bryant the best fit every time, all the time. Nike Zoom Air units on the forefoot and heel create buffer zones against shock. A upper in a Flywire-mesh lamination design guarantee support, breathability, and lightweight. Finally, a modified tread pattern ensures quick change of direction and grip for an offensive charge at the hoop.
The new Nike Zoom Kobe VI is set to launch at Nike retail locations, sport specialty stores, and NikeStore.com on Sunday, December 26th. For those on Nike’s Facebook page, NIKEiD will offer an exclusive preview of iD options of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI this Friday, December 10th. NIKEiD customization of Kobe VI will go on sale Friday, December 24th
December 10th (Friday) – NIKEiD Options Preview on Facebook
December 24th (Friday) – NIKEiD Nike Zoom Kobe VI
December 26th (Sunday) – Nike Zoom Kobe VI