The one-of-one pair of sneakers are outfitted in the Philadelphia school’s colors. A deep maroon covers the heel cages, which feature Kobe’s signature, joining the synthetic toe tip overlays and midsoles that are invigorated with the Kobe Sheath insignias. Meanwhile, the mesh base layer arrives in a contrasting tan shade, coordinating with a caramel-tinted leather tongue. The heel panels are painted in a light beige, boasting snakeskin scales arranged within a geometric map.
The Nike Kobe 8 is still lagging behind the other big name Nike Basketball colorways in terms of the number of colorways thanks to the slightly delayed release date. Then again, if you remember how the lifeline of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII extended beyond that of the Nike LeBron 9 and the Zoom KD IV then you can imagine that things will even out in the long run. The latest colorway helping the sneaker play catch up is this clean dark grey and grey combo.