Kobe Bryant has been a longtime endorser of playing in low-top shoes, influenced by his love for soccer.
After his return to NBA action following an Achilles injury, everyone's probably wondering if he will take extra precautions with his foot protection.
I had the chance to hear from Kobe and the Nike VP of design, Eric Avar, about the influences and thought process that went into the design of the Kobe 9.
The shoes will hit retailers in February 2014 and will cost you $225.
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