Though it appears that Elite models will be absent from this season's Nike Basketball collection, there is a second version of the Kobe A.D. on the way.

The Nike Kobe A.D. NXT, previewed here in two colorways, is a design distinctive from the standard Kobe A.D. Featuring mesh construction, the shoe is highlighted by an affixed shroud and drawcord lacing system. Below sits a Swoosh-branded sole equipped with Zoom Air cushioning and a unique traction pattern. The Kobe logo will appear on the toggle and heel.

If anything, the NXT is the true departure the Kobe line has sorely needed for years. Expect a release sometime this spring for $200.

UPDATE 3/24: New images via Awol, one of the retailers releasing the shoe in "Wolf Grey" on Monday, Apr. 3.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT Wolf Grey Release Date Side

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT Wolf Grey Release Date Heel

Nike Kobe AD NXT Volt
Images via US11

Nike Kobe AD NXT Grey