This is getting ridiculous! How many different ways can Nike dress up the Kobe VI? The original Kobe VI was dressed in a black snakeskin textured upper with a yellow Swoosh. Wasn’t that enough to shake up the sneaker world for you Nike? Apparently not. Shortly thereafter, the Kobe VI “Grinch” was released in a neck-reaking candy apple green scale-like upper with yellow accents and red laces. What? Ok, it was official at that point. Nike declared it was on. Chaos ensued. 3D went from the big screen to a basketball shoe. Nike had created total madness in the world of sneakerheads. What could possibly happen next?
Camouflage. What? That’s right, camouflage. Nike was not done shaking up the sneaker world. The first camouflage Kobe VI to hit the shelves featured a two color camouflaged upper. The snakeskin textured upper combined blue and black and featured a white Swoosh. The midsole used black and the outsole used both blue and grey. The heel cup was done in neon green. Alright I can accept the creative idea behind this shoe. One camouflage colorway should be enough for Nike to show the sneaker world that Nike shoes for basketball were the most progressive shoes on the face of the planet. Right? Wrong.
Since the original camouflage colorway was released, two more “camo” colorways have seen a release. The second colorway used a black, khaki,and olive reptilian-like upper and crimson colored Swoosh. A black midsole and olive outsole finished up the shoe. Released last June, this shoe served as a dual purpose. Whether you were going to hunt quail or hit the hardcourt, you were going to do it in a high performance Nike basketball shoe. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could use the same shoe to do engage in those two activities.
The third and final “camo” colorway, so far that is, uses a grey based snakeskin texture camouflage upper with a blue Swoosh. Blue is also used as accents on the tongue border and inner lining. Black and white are used on the midsole and outsole. To finish the shoe off, the Kobo logo is featured in red. This colorway is probably the most aesthetically pleasing of the trio. You can find all three pairs at Eastbay.
Kobe Bryant shoes that Nike has created, and continues to create are raising the bar of creativity in which basketball shoes are being produced. In fact, the creativity in which all athletic shoes are being produced. If you are or aren’t a fan of the Kobe VI “Camo”, you’ve still got to admire the creative boundaries that are being pushed by Nike. Personally, I can’t wait for the next release Nike.com has in store for us.