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Ja Morant’s Nike Kobe 9 Elite Shoes

It was December 29, 2020 and Ja Morant had just sprained his ankle against the Brooklyn Nets. To this point in his career, Ja was all about the high-heat Nike Basketball sneakers of the past, many of which were low-tops. A few days after his injury, Morant made a proclamation: high-tops only for the rest of the 2020-21 season.

Morant started this trend with the Nike Kobe 9 Elite high-tops.

This was the first Nike Basketball sneaker to feature Flyknit, which previously was reserved for running shoes from the Swoosh. A drop-in Lunarlon midsole was one of the few carryovers from the Kobe 8, helping provide a responsive and low-profile cushioning set-up. A pressure-mapped rubber outsole outsole provides traction in the shape of the contours of the human foot.

While there is discourse on high-tops preventing injuries, this shoe was interestingly Kobe Bryant’s post Achilles injury sneaker, adding symbolism for a Black Mamba fan like Morant.

Aside for the high-top, Ja also wore the leather Kobe 9 Mid EXT in 2021, with his black pair found HERE.

You can find the Nike Kobe 9 at StockX, GOAT, Stadium Goods, and Flight Club.

Here’s a throwback review of this shoe from the best performance reviewer on the internet, Chris at WearTesters:

Cover image via B/R Kicks

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