Earlier this week, we had our first leaked image of the upcoming Nike Kobe VIII. Kobe's 8th signature shoe looks to carry on the "Kobe System" set up as it appears to have a ankle sleeve on the collar. The Kobe VII had an awesome marketing campaign with commercials with Kanye West, Serena Williams, Jerry Rice, and other premier athletes and celebrities. The shoe however did not perform on a high level as many thought it would. The Kobe VII gave many hoopers blisters and didn't provide as much lock-down and support as the other models that came before it. With all that said, the Kobe 8 looks promising so far and hopefully the Nike Kitchen/Zoo have addressed those issues and made major improvements with the Kobe 8.
Keep in mind that this is an early prototype version so nothing is official. Kobe Bryant has been debuting the shoe on Christmas Day so we will most likely see it by then. Regardless of how the shoe looks like, Kobe Bryant has always been involved with the whole process of producing his shoes. From a designing stand point to performance. According to the Air Jordan lead designer Tinker Hatfield, Kobe Bryant stays involved with the whole aspect of creating a shoe. More so than LeBron James whom has recently debuted his tenth signature shoe, the LeBron 10.
Despite the early photo, the finished product will surely be a hit with many. Nike has always continued to push the Kobe series to a whole other level as they include the latest technologies in the upcoming Kobe 8. Stay tuned for more information here on johnnyhoops.
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