Nike Zoom Kobe V Duke Blue Devils: IF Kobe had chosen Duke before the NBA
As you all know by now, the Nike Zoom Kobe V is setting the precedent for what is possible in the world of sneaker technology when it comes to having high powered innovation. Nike and lead directing designer, Eric Avar, have revolutionized the game by developing the lightest and most efficient sneaker on the court worn by and made for one of the best players in the world.
Nike has made absolutely no mystery about the vast line of colorways that are already out and still to come. We’ve already seen tons of hype for themed colorways such as the Chaos, Dark Knight, Bruce Lee, All-Star, and Lower Merion editions. The latest pair that appears to be gaining a lot of speed prior to its upcoming release is the Varsity Royal/White-Black-Metallic-Silver that has been aptly named the Duke edition.
True to form, this version has all the trimmings of the Kobe V sneaker with advanced flywire technology subtly embedded into both side panels of the shoe, a herringbone pattern on the outsole that provides high traction, two zoom air bags (heel and under the first met-head), a glass fiber reinforced mid-foot plate, a light-weight phylon mid sole and lunar foam technology. All of these innovations are intended to lock your foot down while you tear it up on the hardwood in the lightest high performance basketball shoe ever created, 10.6 ounces to be exact.
To say that Nike has “hit a home run” would be an unjust understatement. Eric Avar is a man who undoubtedly earns his paycheck, but does give due credit in saying, “he is one of the most intelligent, articulate athletes that I’ve ever worked with”, when speaking of Kobe and his involvement into the overall development of the sneaker. Kobe’s hands-on approach that began with his very own curiosity as to whether or not he could get away with wearing a low top shoe while he’s at work, sparked this sneaker revolution that dates back to the Kobe IV.
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The consensus is in and the Nike Zoom Kobe V is killing the competition out there much like the Black Mamba himself. With these on their feet, Coach K’s Duke Bluedevils, currently ranked number 4 in the country, are primed to make a deep run in this year’s NCAA tourney.
The Duke edition colorway is set to release on March 17, 2010 (*update*) at the House of Hoops across the country. Until then, scope some more pics!