Top 10 Nike Kobe 9 Colorways

Nike Kobe 9 Elite High restored green, black, gold

Here are the top ten best Nike Kobe 9 colorways that you can buy right now. The list is chosen from the Kobe 9 EM, Elite High and Elite High EXT.

Elite “Detail”

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Nike Kobe IX Elite Detail

This all grey “Detail” Kobe 9 Elite is available to order from eBay. Originally released in March 2014, the design is inspired by the sculptures of the italian renaissance artist Michelangelo. Just like the famous artist, Kobe Bryant has italian roots and pays great attention to detail in his work.

Elite “Gold”

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Nike Kobe IX Elite "Gold"

This “Gold” colorway was released in June 2014 as part of a the three piece Nike Basketball Elite Series Gold Collection. The shoes in the collection honoured LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. White, grey and black blend on the Flyknit upper of this shoe, with a geometric ankle panel finishing off the upper while a gold Swoosh completes the design.

EM Gym Blue/Obsidian/Varsity Gold

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Gym Blue Nike Kobe 9 EM with speckled gold midsole

This Gym Blue Em colorway was released at the end of November 2014. It was one of the most popular Kobe 9 low colorways that year. The shoe features a Gym Blue Flyknit upper with visible gold flywires connecting to the Gym Blue laces, and a speckled gold and Gym Blue Midsole.

Elite “Perspective” Neon/Turquoise/Volt

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Nike Kobe IX Elite "Perspective" Neon/Turquoise/Volt

The neon Perspective colorway was one of the most popular Kobe 9 high colorways of the first half of 2014. This is one of the colorways that was inspired by a great artist. This colorway pays homage to Pablo Picasso, in particular his ‘blue period’, which was a three year stretch in which he painted some of his most iconic works.

High Sequoia/Rough Green/Hyper Crimson/Silver

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Nike Kobe 9 high strategy orange and green

This Sequoia/Rough Green/Hyper Crimson/Silver “Strategy” colorway was released in December 2014. Strategy is written on the inside of the tongue.The green and orange Flyknit upper has a Rough Green and Hyper Crimson color palette.

Elite “Inspiration”

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Nike Kobe IX Elite “Inspiration”

This was the second of the Elite colorways to debut during Nike’s special exhibit at Moynihan Station in 2014. This “Inspiration” edition blends black with yellow, and adds a shimmering aluminium finish. A quick glance, may suggest a closeness to the Masterpiece version, but this pair has a solid black outsole as well as a plenty of Lakers-looking gold on the upper.

High EXT Challenge Red

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Challenge Red Nike Kobe 9 Elite High

This Challenge Red EXT was a December 2014 release. Its simplicity makes it one of the best Kobe 9 high colorways ever released. It is also being referred to as the Kobe IX “Red Viper” because of the snakeskin pattern used on the leather.


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This black and white Kobe IX BHM was released in 2014 as part of Nike’s black history month collection. You can find the Kobe 9 BHM for sale at the link above.

High EXT Black Mamba

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Black/Black snakeskin Nike Kobe 9 high ext

This High EXT is known as the “Black Mamba” colorway. Apart from the color, this all black colorway is the same as the Challenge Red Nike Kobe IX High EXT. An embossed snakeskin pattern on the leather gives the colorway its name. Released on the last day of 2014, this is the closest we’ve gotten to a “Triple Black” Kobe IX.

EM Peach Cream

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Peach Cream Nike Kobe 9 EM Bright Mango and Mint Green sole

The EM ‘Peach Cream’ or ‘Bright Mango’ colorway was released in August 2014. Earlier in the year Bryant had been spotted wearing these kicks on vacation with his family. It was originally assumed by most sneakerheads that this would be a limited release, so the news that is was to be a general release was well received. For reasons that have not been revealed, the Bright Mango engineered mesh upper features a tree pattern.

EM Deep Garnet

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Nike Kobe 9 EM Low burgundy , orange and gold

The burgundy Kobe IX EM Deep Garnet/Hyper Crimson/Cave Purple/Metallic Gold hit the shelves in December 2014. It is certainly among the best Kobe 9 EM colorways we’ve seen. There are gaps in the Deep Garnet flyknit upper which allows you to see the orange Flywire cables underneath. 1996 is written on the tongue to mark they year Kobe Bryant left school for the NBA.

EM Court Purple/Atomic Mango/Sport Turquoise/Silver

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Nike Kobe 9 Court Purple:Atomic Mango:Sport Turq:Silver

This camouflage patterned “Pop Art” Kobe IX EM was released in May. A mix of Turquoise and Atomic Mango is used in the stripes which cover the black upper with Atomic Mango spots. Turquoise laces and a Court Purple midsole add balance to the unusual colorway. Nike has said the pattern used on the engineered mesh is inspired by Pop art. At the same time as the release of this colorway, the camouflage pattern was also made available for Kobe IX shoes on Nike iD.

Villain Red/Bright Crimson/Metallic Gold

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Villain Red and gold Nike Kobe IX EM with burgundy laces, gold swoosh, and orange accents

This Villain Red colorway dropped on January 3rd 2014. It’s quite different from any of the Kobe IX EM colorways that have come before it. An interesting print that looks like it might have been inspired by eastern art covers the Villain Red upper. You can buy the Kobe IX Villain Red online at Footaction.

EM Dusty Cactus

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Nike Kobe 9 EM low Dusty cactus

The Kobe IX EM Dusty Cactus/Action Red/Gym Blue/White was released in October 2014. The Kobe logo on the tongue has been replaced by a Black Mamba patch. Em colorways have always been plainer than Kobe 9 Highs, and this minimalist colorway certainly fits that trend.

EM Game Royal

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Blue and grey Nike Kobe 9 Em with speckled blue and black midsole

This Kobe IX Em Game Royal/Metallic Silver/Blue Hero was a summer 2014 release. The same style was also released in a Gorge Green colorway and a Challenge Red colorway. Any one of these colorways could have made it into our coolest Kobe IX colorways list, but we settled on the this blue colorway.

Elite “Devotion”

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When this colorway was first released it was dubbed the “Maestro” by Nike, but it has became known as the “Devotion” colorway.  Part of the Big Three of All-Star Game releases, these sneakers belong to the Nike Basketball’s NOLA Gumbo League Collection. This colorway has glow-in-the-dark sole and mesh upper.

Elite High “Restored”

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Nike Kobe 9 Elite High restored green, black, gold

The Black/Volt/Anthracite/Metallic Gold Elite High “Restored” colorway was released in October 2014 to mark Kobe Bryant’s return to the court for a new season. The shoe features a volt and black flyknit upper and a gold swoosh. You can order Kobe 9s online at eBay.

EM Brazil

Brazil Nike Kobe 9 em blue, green, yellow

The Brazil Kobe IX EM Game Royal/Venom Green/White colorway was released during summer 2014 to mark the soccer world cup that was taking place in Rio. The blue, green and yellow color palette is taken from Brazil’s flag, while the vibrant pattern is inspired by Brazilian culture.

Elite High EXT Snakeskin Black/Black

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nakeskin Nike Kobe 9 High EXT Black/Black

November 2014 saw the release of this snakeskin EXT high. A Kobe 9 mid EXT had been released earlier in the year with the same snakeskin embossed leather upper. This High Snakeskin colorway is designed to be more of a lifestyle sneaker since it lacks the usual high tech elements such as Flyknit or Engineered Mesh. eBay is the best place to buy Kobe IX colorways online right now, as it has the best selection.