The initial release of the Kobe Bryant and Eric Koston project caused quite a stir in the sneaker community.
Only a blind person can say that he or she didn’t see the hype coming (lol). With a limited release of 24 pairs, one release location, and two of the biggest names in basketball and skateboard it was destined to be madness. The dissenting opinions and internet furor surrounding the first batch of released images didn’t help quell the pandemonium.
Now that the first release (and probably the best) of the Bryant x Koston One has passed, Nike has released images for the second release. This looks to be a general release, as the shoe has undergone obvious alterations. The upper is no longer smothered in the synthetic snakeskin material that drapes the Kobe VI. Instead, it sports a nubuck upper, with a grizzly etched snakeskin that runs throughout. Additionally, the tongue tag has been changed from the Kobe logo, to an “Eric Koston” tag.
Those appear to be the major changes, as illustrated by images that were recently released. However minor, these may be game changers for those seeking to purchase the sneaker, when it becomes conventionally released.