words // Zac Dubasik

The past few weeks have held major events for Kobe Bryant. Not only did he return to the court, but we also saw the launch of the Kobe Prelude Pack as well as his ninth signature shoe, the Kobe 9 Elite

From the NBA, to pickup games, Kobe's signature line has become a staple at gyms across the world. And the low-cut it helped validate on-court translated to off-court wear as well. But after a drastic change in collar height on the 9, will the line be able to maintain its casual appeal?

Check out this first shot of the shoe being worn outside the basketball court, and let us know your thoughts. Will you be picking up a pair for everyday wear? Or does the Kobe 9 Elite look best as a hoops shoe?

image via modern-notoriety