It's hard to defend anything "new" like these Kobe's and the other futuristic shoes that are incorporating more innovative materials. Keep in mind that staying one step ahead has been a winning formula for Nike.
I get what you're saying and that the crazy colors and awkward shaping is hard to get around, but knowing a guy like Kobe, he's focused on performance. As long as the shoe performs to his standards, he's probably not worried if they came in pink and flash green.
No one is saying that these new designs are trying to replace retros and they're style. (That's why Nike keeps bringing them back), but they do branch out to a niche customer that appreciates the engineering and thought behind a performance basketball shoe.
I'm gonna wait until I have them laced up before I make an opinion, but I am anxious to experience how they feel on feet.
Uglier than Rhianna. Whats up with all this futuristic shiz. Crazy how style has changed from the 90's. It seems like people nowadays are either into some crazy azz colorways and animal prints or into that dark european crack head lookin shiz. What ever happened to inovating a shoe you could actually rock in the streets. Thank god for retros.
So are we not supposed to move forward and stay stuck in the 90's ? Funny you say that though. Imagine a shoe coming out claiming that you could fly with them on and a visible air unit or shoes in general that made working out/running/playing ball comfortable, now that would sound pretty "futuristic" to me back in the 80's/90's. Had it not been for progress these retros you love wouldn't exist. So stop with this rocking in the streets bullshit cause all of the shoes you're talking about weren't meant for the streets or to instagram or to "swag" in them, they were all designed with the same mindset, to improve athletic performance.
P.S I do agree with the crazy color ways part to some extent though. But these are gorgeous, especially the technology behind it. I own a couple pairs of flyknits and they are wonderful, can't wait to add these to the knit collection.