Kobe X (Detailed Images)

Sneakerheads and fellow bball players out there, this Saturday marks the first release of the Kobe X. Quite clearly, the 10th collaboration between Kobe Bryant and Nike, the “5 AM Flight” colorway is the first of 5 and above is a detailed look with the ultra-clean Nike Lab photos above.

I appreciate the inspirations behind the shoe’s design and color as Nike, much like adidas with Derrick Rose, channels some of the finer inspirations or events of the athlete into the shoe. The “5 AM Flight” takes inspiration from Kobe’s viral Vine of him high diving into a pool while rehabbing his torn achilles two summers ago.

Kobe himself and designer Eric Avar, lead designer of the Kobe series and the Huaraches before that, discuss the inspirations, technology, and collaborating on a fishing trip amongst other things in this interesting podcast below. Kobe has a bunch of quotables, especially towards the end, extracted below. One quick one: his ideal way out is making a game-winner in Game 7 of the Finals. Not at home, but on the road. “There’s nothing like being the villain. *chuckles*

For those lookin’ to cop, meet me Saturday at Nike.com at 9:05 CT 😀

On what he has left to play for:

Learning. Learning. It’s always that man. It’s always been the most fun. It’s figuring out the puzzle.

On what he would tell his younger self:

I wish I could take the way I see the game now and give it to me back then. But I gotta say, there’s something about not having perspective that gives you such a killer edge man. Being 21, 22 years old, not having perspective. You need to appreciate winning championships. You need to like appreciate where you are. There’s something about not having that perspective that makes you a stone cold killer.

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Kobe Bryant and lead designer, Eric Avar