Perhaps more than any other signature line, the Nike Kobe sneakers are the complete embodiment of their namesake. It’s a testament to the depth and breadth of Nike’s innovation and design team that they are able to translate the insights of one of the most demanding, exacting, and successful players in the history of the game, into such a technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing design. The most recent iteration of the line, the Nike Kobe 9 Mid EXT, once again is a reflection of Kobe, this time finding its roots in the self-appropriated ‘black mamba’ moniker. The upper features a black, snakeskin embossed leather and is separated from the gum rubber sole by reflective chrome accents on a black midsole. The shoe’s colorway and understated design certainly call to mind the elegance of past Mason Martin Margiela silhouettes, and are meant to embody a “stealthy yet aggressive” attitude. Take a look at more detailed images of the street ready Kobe 9 Mid EXT below, and look for them to drop this Saturday, August 23 at NikeStore.com.