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In addition to be a top-notch shoe set to rival the best in terms of performance and style, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe has an emotional aspect that will resonate with many fans and athletes. After being benched due to injuring his achilles tendon, the 15-time all star basketball player made sure that was reflected in the design. The ankle-supported shoe does this with red stitching at its back.

According to Uncrate, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe "uses Nike's Flyknit technology to make an upper that feels seamless, enhancing breathability, stretch, and support." It also gives the shoe a stylish tribal aesthetic. The use of Flywire technology also provides more support in the mid foot while Lunarlon cushioning improved impact resistance. Perhaps Kobe will be wearing these on his return to the court.