In keeping with a couple of annual traditions, the University of Kentucky opens the 2015-16 basketball season as a favorite to win the national championship, and they’ll undertake that quest in a variety of exclusive shoes from Nike.
There’ll be plenty to preview going forward, but today we start with the Nike Zoom Soldier 9 Kentucky Wildcats PE. Deftly utilizing the Cats’ signature palette, the shoe starts white on the mesh upper, and contrasts with a blue midfoot-strap before shifting back to white for the ankle-strap.
Inside, the shoe’s liner boasts a distinct white-and-blue checkerboard print, a nod to the state’s horse racing history and a graphic that’s regularly used on the hoops uniforms. Finally, those colors are married together once again on the gradient midsole, while a silver Swoosh punctuates the look.
There’s no expectation that the Nike Zoom Soldier 9 Kentucky Wildcats will actually see a public release, so make do with another look below, and look for them on UK’s feet going forward.
Photos via F_Nike.