Animal Kingdom Kobe.
This Nike Basketball China catalog shows a shark, a cheetah, and a black mamba snake surrounding the Kobe “Sheath” logo. Thanks to CK’s great Chinese readership (♥) we have some translations and potential new details to Kobe Bryant’s next signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII.
Let’s start with the imagery. Each of the pictured animals are situated next to bolded Chinese characters. In the theme of Kobe’s next shoe, sharks represent power and strength. Cheetahs represent speed and toughness. Black mamba snakes represent the ultimate predator.
With that context setting the table, according to someone who says they attended a Nike Spring 2012 meeting in China, we’re being told the Zoom Kobe VII concept represents two shoe models. There will be a regular version which features all the typical trimmings of the Zoom Kobe VII’s we’ve already shown you and an elevated price point Zoom Kobe VII “Supreme” edition. We’re also informed that there will be confirmed Zoom Air units embedded or attached directly to the bottom of the insoles and the fractal geometric outsole pattern (a bunch of triangles, basically – sorry herringbone traction fans) are what was given the green light for production. The higher price point Zoom Kobe VII Supreme supposedly showcases an internal booty/ankle fit system, transforming the shoes from cheetah “fast” to shark “strong”. If this story sticks true, it wouldn’t be a first in the Kobe Bryant line. Nike presented and sold the Zoom Kobe II concept as a three model shoe pack, exhibiting alternate styles for “Sheath,” “Strength,” and “Lite” looks.
More Nike Zoom Kobe VII news coming as it develops.