Nike has gone back to the "Snakeskin" for the Kobe 9. This Kobe is the first model out of his lifestyle brand. This brand is gear to more of a mature audience, with that being said I think this Kobe will be a great pick up for anyone. The black snakeskin that cover the whole sneaker with a gum bottom give the sneaker a unique and casual look. This sneaker will be available overseas on August 29th, but there is no word on when this pair will come over to the States.