words & images // Nick DePaula

As you're all well aware, there are A LOT of samples throughout a process that, according to Eric Avar, can take almost two and a half years from start to finish.

Well, here are quite a few of those samples. 

You'll notice different Flyknit upper configurations, midsole chassis parts and pieces, and of course, lots of carbon fiber.

Check out a sampling of the various samples on hand earlier at Nike's Kobe 9 unveiling event and let us know what you think of the progress pieces in the comments section below.