With the release of the Nike Kobe 9 “Masterpiece” a few days away Nike begins to break down the shoes’ technological advances. First in their breakdown is the support that the shoe yields. After all the shoe is made to be a competitive performance shoe so its inner workings are important for serious ball players. Nike had this to say about the supportive nature of the Nike Kobe 9:

Reverting back to a higher cut for the first time since his third signature shoe in 2007, Kobe’s ninth signature shoe features a knit collar for the proprioceptive feel of a low-top with the support of a mid-top.

The single layer Nike Flyknit creates a seamless engineered upper that is the ultimate in superior lightweight performance integrating areas of high breathability, stretch and support where it’s needed most.

The kicks make landfall this weekend on the 8th, and should be a treat for any basketball player, excelling in the support department.