Was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of Kobe 9 Elite Highs. I'm very far from being a Lakers fan, but I couldn't pass on these. The shoe offers a crazy high ankle brace-like design, influenced by Kobe after his meniscus injury in 2013. The Kobe 9 elite is the first basketball shoe to offer Nike's Flyknit technology as well. The purpose of the Flyknit material is to make Nike sneakers seem ghost-like. The Flyknit technology is aimed at making the Nike shoe feel like just an extension of your foot. It's supposed to feel like you're in your bare feet, with all the protection of a perfectly crafted sneaker. The Kobe 9 is a wonderful innovation of both comfort and performance. The sneakers pictured above are my pair of Kobe 9s in the "Team" color way, modeled after Bryant's Lakers. The shoe has various other color ways like the "Hero", the "Black and Yellow", and most recently the "Influence", but there are many more. Overall I am a big fan of the Kobe 9 so far, now I own both the lows and the highs. I hope to bring you a review of my Nike ID kobe 9s soon and more info on upcoming Kobe releases so check back in daily! Leave a comment if you plan on copping or dropping a pair of Kobe 9s.