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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nike Kobe 9 Elite HTM Low - Four Colorways April 2014

The Nike Kobe 9 Elite HTM Low is set to debut today, exclusively in Milan.
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite has been given the low top treatment. This Nike Kobe IX Premium is also known as the Elite HTM Low edition, designed in collaboration with Nike President and CEO Mark Parker, Fragment Design Founder Hiroshi Fujiwara and, Nike Innovation Leader Tinker Hatfield. Here's what Nike had to say about this new version of the Kobe 9:

The key mission of HTM remains the same: highlight new technologies and hint at future applications by expanding innovation beyond current constraints. While acknowledging how culture adopts performance innovation beyond its original intent, Parker, Fujiwara and Hatfield gather around a table to envision how the latest performance innovation can further transcend sport and culture by responding to the intuitive needs of the human body. Working to stretch and apply the newest innovations, the results elevate existing technology to a brave new concept.

Nike Lunarlon, Flywire and Nike Flyknit come together in the lightweight, incredibly strong KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM. Dynamic Flywire cables loosen and tighten with the natural motion of the foot. Lightweight threads link to an ultrathin web outsole, which is printed with a pressure map of Kobe Bryant’s foot in a nod to the shoe’s athlete-insight-led design. Stripped of the original proprioceptive collar, the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM offers a lifestyle celebration of performance-born innovation.

Made in four neutral palettes ranging from heather white/gum to black/marble, the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM collection is complemented by carefully nuanced design details such as reflective flecked laces, anodized HTM aglets, embossed snake scales and reflective Swoosh trademarks. Translucent windows in the outsole are embedded with the remains of the Flyknit construction process, a reference to Flyknit technology’s sustainable properties. The signature HTM logo finishes off the design. In addition to the release of the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM collection, Nike Basketball will introduce new versions of the KOBE 9 Elite Low in the near future.

A limited release, they are available now exclusively at Nike Stadium Milano and Excelsior in Milan retailing for $340 USD. No word yet on if they will ever make it stateside but if that changes, i'll make an update and let everyone know.

Enjoy the official images below of the Nike Kobe IX Premium "Elite HTM Low" in heather white, black and gum medium brown, black, reflect silver and multi-color and, black and white. If you're interested in picking these up, check in with your overseas connects to see if they can help you out with a pair. Those of you looking for a pair now can, grab them from eBay here.


Nike Kobe IX Premium "Elite HTM Low" Black/Reflect Silver-Multi-Color:
Nike Kobe IX Premium "Elite HTM Low" Heather White/Black-Gum Medium Brown:
Nike Kobe IX Premium "Elite HTM Low" Black/White:
Nike Kobe IX Premium "Elite HTM Low" Neutral Grey/White:

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