Last year, the Nike ELITE Basketball series debuted with a gold theme representing the journey of the playoffs and the ultimate prize, the championship trophy. The gold theme returns this year and the Kobe 8 is the first to receive the gold and black treatment. The Kobe 8 uses the same color blocking as its predecessor. Gold takes over the Kobe logo on the tongue and heel in addition to the swooshes on the lateral and medial side of the sneaker. The color combination itself makes the Kobe 8 ELITE look sleek and serious, but the incorporation of Kevlar laces and carbon fiber is what truly makes this basketball sneaker stand apart from the rest.

The Nike Kobe 8 ELITE in the black and gold colorway will release this Saturday, June 1st for $220 at House of Hoops, Foot Locker and (starting at 8:00 a.m. EST). Check out the Launch Locator to find out which stores will carry this release.

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