Nike Released Images Of The Kobe 9 Sneaker This Week—And Twitter Had Very Mixed Reactions To It
Earlier this week, Nike showed off their new Kobe 9 sneaker for the very first time. And the reaction to the sneaker was…ehhhhhhh. We don’t want to say that people hated the sneaker. But much like the Jordan XX8 that was released last year, people also didn’t love it. They were actually pretty confused by it. That’s because the Kobe 9 is not a low-top sneaker like many of the other Kobe sneakers before it. It’s actually an extra, extra, extra high-top. As you can see in the photo above, it’s much different than anything else that’s on the market right now.
When the Kobe 9 was first released, many people thought that it was so high because Kobe Bryant has been rehabbing his Achilles after tearing it last season and, as a result, needed a high-top sneaker. But the truth is that Kobe himself pushed Nike to create a Kobe 9 sneaker that looked like a high-top but performed like a low-top. And he seems to think that they succeeded in doing that, even though the sneaker hasn’t been a hit with all sneakerheads and basketball players thus far.
What do you think about what Nike did here? We’re still trying to soak in the Kobe 9 to try and understand exactly what Nike was going for with this sneaker. But there are a lot of people out there who have already drawn their own conclusions on it. So as we continue to gather our thoughts, we decided to collect tweets from 25 people who reacted to the sneaker almost immediately on Twitter. These tweets should give you a better idea of just how all over the place people are right now when it comes to the Kobe 9…
Those new Kobe 9′s almost made me throw up
— Bruce Leroy (@Mr_JSmoove) December 5, 2013
I don’t want a pair of Kobe 9′s. I need a pair of Kobe 9′s.
— Jordan Engstrom (@engstr0mj0rdan) December 6, 2013
Although I think the Kobe 9′s are kinda ugly, I’m def getting them. lmao
— Darrin Hoss Scott (@DGSJ11) December 5, 2013
Am I the only one who thinks the Kobe 9′s looks like those Nike Air Mag “Back to the Future” joints?
— Primetime Goody (@MattGoodwin_) December 5, 2013
Kobe 9′s look like Ankle Armor
— Solo (@Make_emScreamOG) December 6, 2013
If Nike makes a Kobe 9 low cut, I’ll buy them in a heartbeat
— ouƃnɐɟ əɔɐɾ (@jace_faugno) December 5, 2013
The Kobe 9 Elite looks pretty sick but $225. #notinthislifetime
— Conor Mullaney (@CMull41) December 6, 2013
The Kobe 9′s look sick still
— Omar-Shareef (@RealOmarShareef) December 6, 2013
Kobe 9 shoes looks alright. It would’ve be better if it was low top.
— Jonny Avina (@Jonathan0814) December 5, 2013
Christmas may have to involve those new Kobe 9′s. Dam they are nice! No doubt the price will be mag though.
— James Payne (@JamesPayne5) December 5, 2013
If the High top on the Kobe 9′s weren’t so fuckin high they would of been dope a’f. Not feeling the Boxing look on the shoe.
— Adrian (@Ak_Ayedrian) December 5, 2013
Kobe 9 is Super High-Cut #wtf
— KURTSTIC (@deLeonsanity) December 6, 2013
I want Kobe 9′s NOWWWW!!!!!!!! best basketball shoe ive seen in a while
— Luka Kokic (@ELITEballer01) December 5, 2013
I swear Kobe cut out socks for the material on the back of them 9′s smh ghettooooo
— *Chinkie Rosie* (@OG_RoZaay) December 5, 2013
Kobe 9′s uglier then shit
— Nolan Slaybaugh (@nolanxryan7) December 5, 2013
Just watched the Kobe 9 video . They’re simply beautiful and the bottom is perfect to hoop in . Just looking forward to the color ways .
— Daniel Nunez ✌ (@Daniel_nunez455) December 5, 2013
I dig the Kobe 9 Elites.
— Braden Arric Roe (@Broe7788) December 5, 2013
kobe 9′s look like boxing shoes
— cameron (@killlla_camm) December 5, 2013
kobe 9′s are NASTY im getting em forsure
— Eman (@Emanueltefera) December 5, 2013
I’m getting the Kobe 9′s. #Frosty
— Sammy srybny (@Sammy_Srybny) December 5, 2013
I need to see the Kobe 9′s in other color ways.
— Jordy P (@_HeirJordan) December 5, 2013
Those new Kobe 9′s are some foul looking shoes, damn, was hoping for much better
— Rhys Quinney-Newland (@quinney_newland) December 5, 2013
Not quite sure how to feel about the Kobe 9 ‘s.
— Rakim. (@callMe_JWigg) December 5, 2013
The Kobe 9′s don’t look to bad.
— Danny Melgoza (@Ahhhdannyboy) December 6, 2013
I’m bout to mute Kobe 9′s everytime I see that shoe I throw up in my mouth a lil bit
— Young Neiman Marcus™ (@MaticgotblapzWB) December 6, 2013