Reverting to a higher cut for the first time since the Kobe 3 in 2007, Kobe Bryant’s ninth shoe challenged convention when it launched last December. The Kobe 9 Elite Low is Bryant’s most innovative shoe to date, featuring three leading technologies: Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon. Flyknit provides a lightweight, breathable solution for a summer basketball shoe that performs equally well indoors or outdoors. The Kobe 9 Elite Low “Hyper Grape” is linked to music and its ability to transcend the decades. The purple upper pays homage to pop music and includes a moon surface graphic on the outsole. The Kobe 9 Elite Low “Beethoven” pays tribute to the German composer and pianist, and more specifically the power of his Ninth Symphony from the early 1800s. The grey color represents Beethoven’s timeless quality. The Kobe 9 Elite Low “Hyper Grape” will be available at Nike beginning July 12, while the “Beethoven” will make its debut August 16.