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Exclusive: Nike Zoom Kobe VII Brings Back Herringbone Traction Pattern Outsole, Sort Of

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Kobe 7 rides the fence.

Here’s an exclusive first look at the actual Nike Zoom Kobe VII outsole going into production. This has been the subject of much debate, with prototype and wear test samples showing both the fractal geometric design and full-length herringbone pattern alternately. Even more, performance-focused sneaker fans have begged in vain for a return to herringbone since it was last used on the Zoom Kobe IV.

This new Kobe VII image looks like Nike Basketball decided to split the difference, literally. A segmented line provides herringbone traction to the medial side of the shoe, while the triangle-shaped solid rubber pattern takes care of the rest of the shoe. Also seen in this new image is the carbon fiber midfoot plate and what appears to be continued usage of the braille-like “KOBE KODE” embedded in the arched rubber at the midfoot point. Read through all our past coverage of Kobe Bryant’s next signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII here, and check out the new photos below.

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OH MAN, they almost made dreams come true with traction, I’m guessing that getting this shoe means breaking in pretty much half the shoe at the forefoot, in a similar time period comparing the triangle sole half to the kobe 6. players now look for shoes that require little to no break in time, and herringbone truly does the job, even on shoes like the hyperfuse, or the kd shoe line. why storytell on one of the most important factors on the shoe? do that on the upper! IF ANYTHING I hope the rubber compound is a bit softer for slightly better grip. even tho they say its going into production, i hope they change their minds…

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Real interesting to see Nike make the change. Great news.

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