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The Gradient Kobe Bryant Shoes

Snake-skin textures, bright colors, camoflouge, three dimensions. What the hell am I talking about? The above mentioned designs have all been used on the uppers of the Kobe VI. The shoe that has continued to pump out the most creative designs on the face of the planet. That's right. Nothing has changed. Nike continues to drop the sickest kicks that sneakerheads have ever seen. So, what's next? The gradient colorway, originally seen on the Kobe IV, is what is next, and it is making a return in the very near future.

Although it has been seen on models earlier this year, the Kobe VI "Gradient" is a relatively new concept and features an extremely unique look that uses a classic Laker colorway of purple and yellow. The upper on the outer side of the upper on both shoes features purple that slowly blends into a solid yellow that covers the inside of the upper on again, both shoes. White is used on the Swoosh and also as accents on the midsole and heel-cup.

The snakeskin textured upper that Nike uses on the Kobe VI has literally turned the shoe into a canvas that has been used to create works of art. Intentionally or not, Nike has in effect, produced a three dimensional element that has been used to release the most creative colorways ever seen on a pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. Or any basketballs shoe for that matter. There is just something about the snakeskin material that makes this shoe pop!

And when I say canvas, I really mean it. As in artist or painter ... Some of the Kobe Bryant shoes and specifically the Kobe VI's are very nearly paintings. Here's an example for you, a concord colored pair of VI's was released during last year's NBA All-Star festivities that blended a Los Angeles skyline, complete with skyscrapers into the upper of the shoe. The Kobe VI "Orange County" is another shoe that feels more like a Picasso than a sneaker. The different shades of orange that are blended into the upper to create the image of a California sunset create a trully masterful piece of art.

The new Kobe VI Gradient is just one more example, among many, of the most innovative and creative designs that is currently being dropped on us by Nike. Again, what truly makes this shoe pop is the texture of the upper that creates a three-dimensional look and allows a mutliple of colors to be used to create one of a kind designs. Nike shoes for basketball are not just shoes, they are works of art.


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