The Nike Basketball signature lines have had such phenomenal success lately it was only a matter of time when the Kobe signature line, for example, would transcend into a different category under the Nike umbrella. For the very first time, the Kobe 8 will release under Nike Sportswear as the Nike Kobe 8 NSW Lifestyle. Canvas and a cupsole are introduced to the Kobe 8, doing away with engineered mesh, Flywire, and other performance components. A leather heel counter adds a little luxuriousness to the lifestyle shoe while keeping the integrity of the original Kobe8. Despite the drastic change in material, the design implemented on the canvas upper is what gives this sneaker its nickname, “Mexican Blanket.” By borrowing the vibrant and colorful patterns of the traditional blanket, the Kobe 8 NSW Lifestyle achieves a distinct look.

The Nike Kobe 8 NSW Lifestyle will release Saturday, June 1st at House of Hoops by Foot Locker locations and on Saturday, June 15th online for $110. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will carry this release.

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