That’s what we get with the strange yet notable new Nike Kobe AD NXT created by longtime Kobe collaborator and design extraordinaire Eric Avar in an attempt to create a low profile, yet highly responsive silhouette.
The Kobe AD NXT features an unconventional lacing structure meant to give ultimate lockdown support for each foot to go along with a lightweight Flyknit upper. Think of this as the Elite version to Kobe’s twelfth signature sneaker, but with a completely redesigned midsole unit as well. A drop in insole features Lunarlon and a Zoom Air bag. As for that Flyknit shroud, it features a subtle circular knit in an attempt to reference the lotus flower in an homage to the theme of rebirth. This is Kobe and Avar’s reimagining of the entire Black Mamba line for a post-retirement reign.
While this Red Grey option is pretty minimalist in terms of colorway, we’d love to see Nike Basketball add some patterns or graphics to that shroud for some DeMar DeRozan PEs come playoff time.