Nike Sportswear is currently giving the Kobe 9 Elite the lifestyle treatment. Stripped of its performance Flyknit attire, the basketball shoes are built with snakeskin textured leather on the heel, leather on the tongue and a spiked rubber material on the toe and side panel.
The colorway has been dubbed “Red Mamba” and “Red October” and merits those monikers with challenge red covering most of the upper. Balancing out the colorway, the sole is black and the usual carbon fiber panels are now chrome-like. Metallic detailing finishes the look on the Kobe tongue logo and lace tips.
The KRM suffixed kicks are currently on the schedule to release on Saturday, the
20th of December through shops like Politics, Rock City and Nike.com. No word yet on a release in Europe but stay tuned for updates.
Update: the kicks are launching on Friday, the 19th of December. The release is valid globally.
Kobe IX High KRM EXT
Challenge Red/Challenge Red