The Swoosh and Eric Avar unveiled the latest (and last) sneaker in the Kobe Bryant signature line today in the Nike Kobe 11.
In the press release, Nike admits the shoe looks familiar with the low-top collar height and Flyknit upper. The knit material is new though, using yarn made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU,) a flexible plastic typically used to improve stability in the heel area. This TPU yarn is said to be much stronger than previous iterations of Flyknit, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’ll go away from the glue and the Hyperfuse material underneath the knit like in the past few Kobe models.
The cushioning features two of Nike’s top technologies: full length Lunarlon for a soft feel under your foot and Zoom Air in the heel for a more responsive and bouncy ride. Both are embedded into a drop-in midsole, previously seen on the Kobe 8 and 9.
The official launch colorway seen below is dubbed the ‘Achilles Heel’ with inspiration coming from Kobe’s past injuries as well as the mythological Greek hero Achilles who perished due to an arrow to the body part that bears his name.
Since Kobe’s retirement letter featured a new logo representing heroes and villains, this shoe could be the first of an ongoing theme representing the heroic qualities of Kobe. The stitch marks seen on past Kobe models appears on the left heel, alongside an Achilles silhouette on the right heel.
The Nike Kobe 11 ‘Achilles Heel’ will release on January 9 at Nike Basketball retailers. Follow NikeBasketball on Periscope around 2pm PST today to see the official unveiling of the Kobe 11. Hear Avar and Bryant talk about the newest Kobe signature in the video below.
Update: According to Kustoo, the shoe will retail for $200 and will not feature an Elite/high version.
Via Nike News