NikeLab Kobe X Elite Low HTM

The NikeLab Kobe X Elite Low HTM is the latest collaboration between three super designers: Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker. They may have outdone themselves here.

There are 3 colorways set for release, and revealed today in the slideshow above. My favorite is the first one: this white/black/ice blue hybrid. It’s simply a beautiful use and placement of the colors and the materials amplify the aesthetic even more. Even the laces have a next-level edge to them. No knock on the other 2 colorways too, they’re sleek as well.

With every new version of the Kobes (love the IX’s too), I’m more convinced to try these lows, even with my propensity for high ankle sprains. To help comfort anyone else like me obsessing about performance, these NikeLab Elite HTM versions will combine the newest of the new NikeLab technology, described below via Hypebeast.

Combining HTM’s aesthetic and Nike’s artillery of performance technologies, careful detailing has been applied to all aspects of the shoe — most notable is that each colorway comes equipped with two different sets of screw-in aglets in varying metallic finish color and HTM branding. Nike-Free inspired flex grooves are highlighted along the outsole with a combination of Nike Lunarlon cushioning, Nike Zoom Air and Nike-Free inspired sipping coming together to form a special hybrid cushioning system for the Kobe X Elite Low HTM. The Flyknit upper is complemented by an advanced traction system and a flexible midsole for optimum grip on court. To read more about Nike HTM’s latest project, click here.

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