Nike Kobe 9 Elite 'Masterpiece': Official Pics and Release Info

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 4, 2014

Jan 22, 2014; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils Miami Hurricanes in the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
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Nike and Kobe Bryant are going big with the new Kobe 9 Elite 'Masterpiece' sneakers set to debut in stores this weekend.'s Sir Lucas Leftfoot walked fans through the particulars of the upcoming shoe back in December, giving us all a glimpse of quite the exotic-looking sneaker. 

For those with the means and the need, the sneaker is set to drop worldwide on Saturday, Feb. 8 for a suggested retail price of $225, via Nice Kicks

Enough with the blabbering. Let's get a glimpse of sneakers that will more than likely invoke some sort of emotional response. 

Here they are thanks to a tweet from Nike:

And here it is presented in a Nike commercial, featuring a slithering reveal befitting the Black Mamba's sensibilities:

For those wanting another look, here is a still from the video: 

Photo Credit: YouTube

And Twitter provides a healthy assortment of angles and images for sneakers that garner no shortage of opinions: 

Leftfoot's NikeBlog report is a wealth of information for those on the fence about these particular shoes: 

Flyknit is incorporated into the construction, offering a light, flexible fit that’s still stable and structured, ensuring it meets the demands of the NBA’s most intense player. This particular Flyknit weave also allows for differently-laid-out “performance zones” — regions of the upper that perform differently based on the requirements of that part of the foot.

Leftfoot continues by stating the massive upper features some stabilizing Flywire that allows this particular sneaker to both aide the ankle while affording it flexibility. 

Whether or not you enjoy the colorway is one thing. However, the obvious item about this iteration in the Kobe line is that the sneaker is, well, big. 

As Leftfoot notes in another blog post, these Kobe sneakers are, "the first non-lowtop in the Kobe franchise since the IV."

Really, it's almost as if a wrestling shoe and a basketball sneaker were married together to see if a high-top could provide support while remaining as light as sleeker shoes. 

From an outsole that is purported to mimic the soles of an athlete's foot to cushions that promise to keep you as close to the court as possible, Nike is packing a great deal of wallop into this version. 

Now whether a great deal of fans consider them true masterpieces will be answered in the form of lines that form around stores this weekend.