Kobe Bryant might be living the retirement life and doing things like debuting children’s shows during NBA Countdown, but the work on his signature sneaker line has shown no signs of abating. As the 2017 NBA playoffs approach, Nike has unveiled photos of its latest venture with the Kobe line, what they’re calling the KOBE A.D. NXT, a departure from the look of past Kobe models.
The most visible change comes in the lacing. The shoe’s Flyknit upper wraps over the lacing system in what looks like a flap over the top. The laces are essentially part of the shoe’s upper instead of a separate component, which, according to a Nike press release, “draws the structure together, creating a fluid system with the drop-in insole (combining Cushlon with a Zoom Air bag, and siped in the forefoot for flexibility.” Also, the shoe’s lace lock design allows it to tighten to your foot based on your movements.
The kicks also incorporate a few eccentric, Kobe-specific design elements, like the circular pattern in the Flyknit design, made to represent birth and derived from a lotus flower—a super Kobe Bryant thing to have in a shoe.
The Nike Kobe A.D. NXT drops April 3 in grey and volt colorways for a price of $200.