Nike Basketball has officially unveiled the Nike Kobe AD NXT that will be debuting on April 3rd in a Grey and Volt colorway. Today, we take a detailed look at both colorways of Kobe’s newest signature shoe.
Most evident in that charge is the Nike Kobe AD NXT’s new lacing structure. Unconventional in aesthetic, the arrangement functions to promote optimum containment during play — naturally adjusting to the athlete and providing a secure fit for each foot.
“The updates we’ve made to Kobe’s line demonstrate a new way of thinking about performance design,” says Avar.
Specifically, Avar and team achieve this by integrating the lacing with the Flyknit upper. Pulling the laces up and out of the lace lock draws the structure together, creating a fluid system with the drop-in insole (combining Cushlon with a Zoom Air bag, and siped in the forefoot for flexibility).
The Flyknit upper incorporates a subtle circular pattern that was inspired by a lotus flower and represents rebirth. This graphic is formed as a mandala — balanced, harmonious and symmetrical. Other embellishments on the shoe include secret Kobe codes (a regular feature on his shoes). On the laterial side, the code translates to “unhinge” (defined here as disrupting th...