Previously, we took you inside the mind of Eric Avar -- the designer responsible for creating and developing the Nike Kobe 9 Elite -- to decode what goes into the making of the Kobe Bryant signature known as "The Masterpiece." Today, we remind you of the shoe's imminent release while highlighting the significance of the shoe's lofty moniker. The Masterpiece subheading reflects both the aesthetic of the shoe -- one that essentially redefines what a contemporary basketball shoe looks like -- as well as the leading technologies from Nike's performance arsenal that are incorporated into the build. Those innovations include a one-piece upper that introduces Nike Flyknit to the hardwood, along with Flywire for enhanced stability and a Lunarlon sole unit for soft, responsive cushioning. Look for the game-changing shoe to launch tomorrow at select Nike Basketball retailers and online.
Nike Kobe 9 Elite
Color: Black/Metallic Gold-White
Release Date: February 8, 2014 (Tomorrow!)