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Nike Basketball Christmas 2014 Collection 12.27.14

Nike Basketball’s signature athletes Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant will celebrate Christmas on the court with festive kicks that tell unique holiday stories. 

Designed to the specifications of Bryant’s fluid style of play, the Kobe 9 is the first basketball shoe to feature Nike Flyknit technology. The Kobe 9 gets a festive makeover highlighting its knitted aesthetic with a red and white Flyknit upper, taking inspiration from a knit stocking. Supple leather textures on the tongue and overlays give the shoe a premium feel, accented by a marbled outsole resembling candy canes. Inside, the shoe reads “Mamba’s Greetings,” a hidden detail from Bryant on the inner tongue.

Driven by a design philosophy to stay light and locked down during sharp cuts, the KD 7 features dynamic Flywire technology, Hyperposite construction and Zoom Air cushioning. The shoe continues to bring Durant’s personal stories to life – this time paying tribute to his favorite holiday beverage, egg nog. A red Hyperposite heel integrates glossy flecks emulating the condensation on a glass of egg nog. “Fresh Since ’88,” Durant’s birth year, emblazons the shoe’s sock liner as a tribute to the holiday beverage Durant has enjoyed since childhood.

The Kobe 9 Elite "Knit Stocking" ($290) & KD VII "Egg Nog" ($220) launch Saturday December 27th. Sizes 8-13.