Nike's newest basketball shoes Nike Kobe VIIIAs with every shoe since the Kobe IV, the Kobe VIII sticks to the low top design with a similar silhouette as previous models. The Kobe VIII appears to have a full synthetic upper on top of the Zoom Air cushioned sole. At the head of the Kobe 8 System project was Nike Performance Footwear Creative Director Eric Avar, who worked closely with his team and Kobe himself. Kobe requested a shoe that acts as an extension of his foot, complimenting quick performance while staying low to the ground.
"I'm always focused on improving my game, to perform at my best. I want my shoes to mimic the speed of my game," Kobe said. "By shaving fractions off the height and weight, it allows me to play faster with more control so I can maneuver across the court - I want to feel like I'm moving at the speed of light."
Responding to athlete feedback, the design team implemented Engineered Mesh for the first time in a basketball shoe. The material creates an ultra-light weight fit that is 90% mesh for 360-degrees of breath ability and tightly woven strength for natural flex. Additionally, no-sew synthetic overlays on the toe and lateral quarter panel enhance support.
Full-length Lunarlon in the midsole provides lightweight, low-profile cushioning and allows for greater stability. A one-millimeter rubber outsole that combines classic herringbone with snake scale-inspired traction uses less rubber than traditional soles for durability and multi-surface performance. The 3-D anatomical heel counter provides a sleek, locked down fit.