2. Nike Kobe 9 Elite

Image: Nike
Image: Nike

Plenty of sneakerheads that haven’t been paying attention to Flyknit will get a taste in February when the Nike Kobe 9 Elite drops. When the kicks launched back in December, it took a few seconds of looking at it (among other things) to know this was something special.  This will represent the bleeding edge of Nike’s efforts in design and technology and who better than the Black Mamba – a guy who is as meticulous and obsessive with being the absolute best as the Nike Basketball team – to show how far the swoosh has come since the days when people called kicks “rubber shoes”? All eyes will be on Kobe when he makes his return once more on the court along with his kicks.