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Formal Introduction: The Nike Kobe Prelude V

Nike Kobe Prelude V

As much controversy as the original Nike Zoom Kobe IV stirred up (now the Nike Kobe Prelude IV), the then-Zoom Kobe V was even more titillating.

Lower, thinner, and generally less substantial in weight, the Zoom Kobe V was a stance in pushing the limits of footwear, of basketball footwear in particular, and has now been resurrected as the Nike Kobe Prelude V.

See more on the Kobe Prelude V below, and check out @BMFKicks on Instagram and Tumblr as well.

Lower and lighter than its predecessor, the original Kobe V shoe continued to push the limits with its avant-garde design when it debuted in 2009.  

Bringing vibrant pop art to life, the Kobe Prelude V celebrates Kobe Bryant’s status in popular culture. Bold color accentuates the Nike Flywire, a technology that was just one year old at the time the Kobe V debuted four years ago. 

A gold-filled Swoosh pays tribute to Bryant’s championship captured in this shoe, while a glow-in-the-dark outsole pulls everything together.

The Kobe Prelude Pack features all eight of Bryant’s signature shoes and celebrates the stories behind some of his most defining moments. Eight revolutionary art movements have been paired with eight milestones in Bryant’s career to recreate each of his signature shoes.  

Each shoe will be available in limited quantities on (North America, Greater China and Western Europe) and at select retailers in North America and Greater China. The Kobe Prelude V will be available on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Stay tuned for weekly features on the additional shoes, revealing the inside story tied to the career accomplishment and art movement around each one.

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