Fresh Perspective: The Kobe IX Elite
Ever since Nike unveiled the Kobe IX Elite "Masterpiece" a month ago, we've been waiting for a for a fresh colorway. Now, these flyknit-outfitted kicks are back in a "Perspective" motif, which combines aspects of the Black Mamba's playing style as well as that of a legendary Spanish master painter.
It's clear that Nike based the palette for these sneakers on the Blue Period, a famous series of paintings created by Picasso over a three-year stretch. While it might not seem like a logical link, Bryant and the cubist artist actually have a few things in common. For one, Kobe's footwork on the court has a certain beauty, just as Picasso's brushwork did on the canvas. Not only that, but Picasso was a highly versatile artist, mastering sculpting, printmaking and ceramics in his lifetime, and Kobe's basketball talents are just as diversified.
It's pretty obvious that these kicks are a work of art in themselves, with a Neon Turquoise upper and hits of Volt green on the signature Swoosh, Kobe logo and lining. The highlight, though, is the abstract pattern around the ankle portion.
With two colorways on the shelves now, what do you think of the IX Elite?