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|Kobe Bryant's new Nike sneakers feature stitching to mimic his sutures after his Achilles surgery.|
For the last four seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's signature Nike sneakers have been low-top models. But with Bryant rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon, the 17-year vet and sneaker giant went in a different direction with his new model, which was unveiled on Wednesday.
After years of wearing low tops, @kobebryant's new Nike sneakers go in the opposite direction (pic via @mcten): pic.twitter.com/mCqmIH9bIs— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 4, 2013
KB said he got the inspiration for the low cut Kobe 4-8 design from soccer players. He got the inspiration for the Kobe 9 from Pacquiao— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 4, 2013
Sneakerheads are going to be blown away with the Kobe 9. Like the Jordan XX8, it's going to be a love-hate thing.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 4, 2013
Early reaction on Twitter leaned decidedly in the "hate" direction.
woah. what. wowza. RT @langwhitaker: The Kobe 9 pic.twitter.com/MdOIBIYSmw— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) December 4, 2013
Those new Kobes… YUCK— Phillip Barnett (@imsohideouss) December 4, 2013
Kobe Bryant is taking up boxing after his NBA career evidently.— Clint Peterson (@Clintonite33) December 4, 2013
Kobe out there balling in wrestling boots. He bout to come to games with a parrot on his shoulder like Koko B Ware— D'Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) December 4, 2013
2017, in the second year of his newest $60 million contract, the Kobe 13s feature built in knee braces and a pad that heats your back— J. Doug Hatings (@basquiatball) December 4, 2013
I got some more exclusive pics of the new Kobe's in different colorways. Here are the "Hollywood Nights" pic.twitter.com/P4sBmeIrMK— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) December 4, 2013
Of course, Kobe himself was already looking ahead to the next innovation in his sneaker line:
Kobe jokes, "I'm still waiting for my flying shoe."— Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) December 4, 2013