From the ground up

Nike continues to release sneakers from the “Prelude” pack and this time around we get a peek at the Kobe Prelude VI. Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s on-court alter ego, the black mamba snake, the Kobe VI featured key performance benefits blended with an upper mimicking snake scales when it debuted in 2010. The shoe’s upper includes distinct polyurethane “islands” that emulate a snake’s skin and increase or decrease in size throughout the shoe to protect against abrasion and increase durability where needed. Celebrating Bryant’s 2011 All-Star MVP award won on his home court, the Kobe Prelude VI pays homage to Los Angeles and its surf and skate culture. Featured in the shoe’s artistic collage are stars, sharks and other sea wildlife paying homage to Southern California. Look for the sneaker to release on January 11 at

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