by Steve Jaconetta

After announcing their release date, here's our best look yet at this upcoming Kobe 9.

Known as the 'Merlot' edition, this Nike Kobe 9 EM comes in a villain red, metallic gold and bright crimson colorway. They feature a villain red-based upper with a unique graphic design throughout the Engineered Mesh upper. Crimson lace loops, metallic gold branding and a white outsole finish this pair off.

The 'Merlot' Nike Kobe 9 EM hits nike.com as well as select Nike Basketball retailers on Saturday, January 3.

UPDATE 12/29: New images via Awol.

 

images via 95soleman

Steve Jaconetta is the Release Dates & Archive Editor of Sole Collector and you can follow him on Twitter here.