A couple months back, we got an early look at Kobe Bryant’s newest signature shoe, the Zoom Kobe VII. It looked kinda crazy because it came with a giant detachable bootie, which isn’t very common on non-orthopedic shoes. But those are nothing compared to what he’ll be wearing when the Lakers start the season against the Chicago Bulls.

This year, just like last, Kobe’s going to be wearing the wildest shoes on the court. While his feet were just your standard Grinch green last season — “standard” is relative, duh — this time around they’re still going to have a bit of that noxious shade but also a whole bunch of purple and black cheetah print. No idea where that came from, so I’ll just assume it’s a callback to the 2009 Rookie Challenge jerseys. That makes as much sense as anything.

Truth be told, I kind of like these. You wear them maybe once every three months, when you’re feeling saucy, then leave them on ice until the next time you want to show off. These certainly aren’t an everyday kind of shoe — unless you’re Lil Wayne or something — but every now and then, why not? Live a little, geez.

Back of the shoe, complete with pouncing cheetah, after the jump.

(via SneakerFiles)

Comments (26)

  1. Trey, when are you not feeling saucy?

  2. You make a good point. Happy Birthday.

  3. Oh god. Cannot unsee!

  4. i think that these shoes don’t look that bad…the colors sort of look good…for christmas :)

  5. I think they would look good on my feet. Going to make a check of Ebay..

  6. These would be great for the Joker!

  7. If an NFL player wore anything like these, Roger Godell’s head would literally explode.

  8. Well now……..I see a certain sneaker company making these available to the public ( RICH public ) sometime in the not too distant future. Maybe making a tie-in to a Charity. Make them a Signed, Numbered Limited Edition and the people lucky enough to get a pair will absolutely go wild over buying them no matter the cost……lets say $5000. and $25,000. I would make them limited to 100 pairs @ $5000. and 26 SPECIAL, Signed, Lettered pairs at $25,000. like they do with Signed ,Limited Edition books. Your looking at raising $1,150,000.00 for a Charity at Christmas. That`s for selling just 126 pairs of shoes mind you ! I actually think Kobe would go for this.

    *** I have too much time on my hands as you can tell….it still would be a great fund raiser for Charity though !

  9. Oh my word Kobe. How in the world did you even pick those? i’m sorry but those are jsut hideous in my opinion…anyone else think so?

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