The Kobe 9 Elite was, simply put, a stunning addition to the Nike Basketball canon, but we’ll allow for the fact that some folks simply prefer a lowtop basketball shoe. Thankfully for them, the Elite isn’t the only option; there’s also the upcoming Nike Kobe 9 EM Low, releasing at the end of the month.
The shoe still utilizes much of the IX’s most impressive technologies — including Flywire reinforcement, drop-in cushioning and the new pressure-mapped sole unit — but lowers the collar several inches and swaps in light, breathable Engineered Mesh in lieu of Flyknit.
Nothing’s official yet, but the Kobe 9 EM is likely hitting retailers March 29, with retail set for $160.
Nike Kobe 9 EM
Style #: 646701-700
29 March 2014
Photos via Sole Reaver.