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The Nike Kobe Prelude Pack

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words // Zac Dubasik

The road to the Kobe 9 Elite is being honored through this special pack, which, through art, honors the history of Kobe's Nike line, and his many accomplishments while wearing it. 

In the following pages, take a closer look at each shoe in the pack, the events that occured in it, and the artwork that it incorporates.

 

 

Kobe Prelude I - Drops 12/7

Kobe's legendary 81-point game serves as inspiration for the Kobe Prelude I.

"THE MAMBA’S SURREAL SCORING INSPIRED A SURREALISTIC PIECE THAT GOES INSIDE THE DEADLIEST PREDATOR ON THE PLANET."

 

 

Kobe Prelude II - Drops 12/14

The Kobe Prelude II was inspired by Kobe's four 50+ scoring games.

"THE RENNAISSANCE: A REFINED JUMP SHOT CARVED OUT A NEW PLACE IN HISTORY FOR KOBE AND IS REVIVED IN A CLASSICAL MARBLE TREATMENT."

 

 

Kobe Prelude III - Drops 12/21

A lost Championship to the Boston Celtics serves inspiration behind the Kobe Prelude III.

"FURY IN FRESCO: THE MISERY OF A LOST CHAMPIONSHIP WAS PUT INTO BRUSHSTROKES WITH THE FRESCO THAT TAKES OVER THE KOBE PRELUDE 3."

 

 

Kobe Prelude IV - Drops 12/28

The Kobe Prelude IV commemorates Kobe's fourth Championship season.

"AMERICAN MASTER: THE UNRESTRAINED PERFORMANCE OF A CHAMPION IS PERFECTLY CAPTURED WITH ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTIC SPLATTERS THAT COVER THE CANVAS LIKE KOBE COVERED THE COURT."

 

 

Kobe Prelude V - Drops 1/4

Kobe's fifth title, won against rival Boston Celtics is commemorated with this Kobe Prelude V.

"GOING POP: THE BOLDNESS OF CLAIMING ANOTHER TITLE AND SERVING JUSTICE TO BOSTON IS HIGHLIGHTED WITH THE BOLDNESS OF POP ART."

 

 

Kobe Prelude VI - Drops 1/11

Kobe Bryant claimed All-Star MVP on his home court, while wearing his sixth signature shoe, as commemorated here by the Kobe Prelude VI. 

"HOME TOWN PRIDE: INSPIRED BY THE WALLS OF VENICE, THE SIXTH SIGNATURE SHOE TAKES KOBE’S HEART FOR LA AND SHOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO REPRESENT THE CITY OF ANGELS."

 

 

Kobe Prelude VII - Drops 1/18

The Kobe Prelude VII helps pay tribute to his Gold Medal, won at the London Games.

"COMMANDING CUBISM: THE FIGHT FOR THE WORLD’S TOP TITLE IS BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH A CUBIST LOOK AT WHAT IT MEANS TO PLAY FOR GOLD."

 

 

Kobe Prelude VIII - Drops 1/25

Kobe's injury-shortened season wearing his eighth Nike signature shoe inspires the Kobe Prelude VIII.

"CONTEMPORARY REFLECTION: CONTEMPORARY DESIGN ILLUMINATED A CONTEMPORARY OF THE GAME TOOK HIS TIME AWAY FROM THE COURT TO REFLECT ON HOW HE WILL RETURN TO IT."

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