Nike Unveils Kobe 9 Elite Masterpiece Collection

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 01/26/14

Ahead of its in-store debut, Nike unveils a trio of colorways for the Kobe 9 Elite, dubbed the Masterpiece Collection. The sneakers combine design innovation with personal storytelling that reflects Kobe Bryant's muses, both on and off court.

The INSPIRATION (March 1) embodies Kobe's connection with Los Angeles and his affiliation with the colors purple and gold ever since his 1996 rookie season; The PERSPECTIVE (March 8) is inspired by Picasso's Blue Period and the artist’s versatility that transcended beyond paintings and onto his sculptures; and The DETAIL (March 22) reflects Kobe's game, which at times presents itself as art with attention to detail.

All three colorways of the Nike KOBE 9 Elite Masterpiece collection features the brand's Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon technologies, making it both light and durable.