From an injury standpoint, it’s been one of toughest years for Kobe Bryant. Throughout the season he suffered from several ankle injuries, including one earlier that he claimed was the “worst sprain” of his career.
While arguably one of his nicest signature sneakers thus far, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI did more harm than good for Bryant. With signs that his ankle is weakening, you would think Kobe would opt for some ankle insurance next season, but that doesn’t look to be the case.
Shown here are the first photos of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII to hit the web, and as you can see the sneakers have the same low-cut stance. That’s no real surprise though as Kobe’s passion for low-top basketball sneakers have shown ever since the Zoom Kobe IV. Like its predecessor, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII features a textured, snake skin-like upper to represent the “Black Mamba” in Bryant. The pattern itself though is far different than that on the Zoom Kobe VI, giving the next generation an entirely new reptilian-look. Sitting beneath the upper is a beefed up midsole with a noticeably higher sidewall than on any other previous model. It’s been reported by sources that dual Zoom Air units are included in the heel and forefoot for superior comfort. The shoes do in fact look as if they have a little more ankle support to help Kobe fight those injuries, but we’ll have to wait and see if it’s enough to do the trick.
We’ll continue to keep you posted on further details about the Nike Zoom Kobe VII as they unfold. Until then, check out all the photos below that have surfaced so far, and keep in mind that these are just samples and the final production model could differ in many ways.