words // Brandon Richard

Before briefly returning to the court in the Kobe 8 this season, Kobe Bryant was spotted practicing in the Nike Kobe 9 Elite.

PROMOTAGGED serves up a closer look at Kobe's practice shoes, a black-based colorway of the Elite 9 with iridescent detailing on the tongue, side overlays and midsole. This is a wear-test sample, so it's unknown whether or not we'll see a version hit retail.

Check out the visuals below and let us know what you think about this sample.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Wear-Test Sample