As we alluded to in our [Kobe Bryant at the House of Hoops Post], Nike and Kobe Bryant are set to officially pre-release the Black/Varsity Maize and “China” Nike Zoom Kobe III this Saturday, Dec. 22nd, at the House of Hoops in Harlem. This pre-release will serve as a limited taste before the actual mass release in February.
Building on the concept first laid forth by the Nike Zoom Kobe II Lite/Finisher, the number 1 goal in designing the Nike Zoom Kobe III was decreasing the overall weight of the Kobe’s sneakers. As Kobe himself mentioned in our coverage of the launch of last year’s Nike Zoom Kobe II, he likes a light sneaker that allows him to effortlessly make his moves on the court. Taking this into the design process, Eric Avar created a TPU, inspired by the Basketball Net and the Black Mamba snake, over Mesh upper that provides an extremely light and breathable mix. To add reinforcement at the toe, the TPU/Mesh combo is cut off with Full Grain Leather.
Like the 2K4 and the Nike Zoom BB line, the ZKII features a midsole/sole to satisfy another Kobe request, superior court feel. Utilizing a lightweight “Natural Motion Phylon” midsole, “Natural Motion Pod” outsole, a midfoot Carbon Fiber shank plate, and a herringbone patterned outsole, the Nike Zoom Kobe III was designed to provide not only superior court feel, but also, superior traction and assistance with making quick cuts and sharp pivots/stops.
Aesthetically, the ZKIII features a large sweeping White Swoosh along the outer heel and Kobe hits on the tongue and on the outer heel through Kobe’s “Sheath” logo.
Of course, as part of the Zoom Line, the Nike Zoom Kobe III features full length Zoom Air.
The Nike Zoom Kobe III is officially set to pre-release on Saturday, Dec. 22nd, at the House of Hoops in Harlem. The “China” Nike Zoom Kobe III is also officially set to release on this day as a House of Hoops and China exclusive.
Editor’s Note: Although it was planned for Kobe to debut the ZKIII vs. the Knicks on Sunday, he is wearing them tonight, Dec. 20th, vs. the Cavs.
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“China” Nike Zoom Kobe III