The Hyper Grape Kobe 9 Elite Lows aka the ‘Purple People Eaters’ aka the ‘Lakers Apologist Editions’ are bringing back Flyknit to basketball shoes with a vengeance. No disrespect intended for the EM on the Bruce Lees, but the pattern and texture of Flyknit is what put me onto the 9s in the first place. Think of these as the Kobe 8 Pure Platinums re-imagined.
According to Nike, the Hyper Grapes are linked to timeless music. Huh? I’m not buying that. They’re just a dope, Lakers-colored shoe in the low top release Nike Basketball fans were waiting for. Simple as that.*
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low ‘Hyper Grape’ releases July 12th.
* — Fun fact: It has been brought to my attention recently that “lon” means vagina in Vietnamese. So Lunarlon would translate into moon poon. Which means these kicks are powered with cushioning that has a softer feel than intergalactic cooter. Hence the moon print on the sole perhaps? AWESOME.