LOCKS YOU IN. KEEPS YOU LIGHT.The innovative and ultralight Kobe 9 Elite Men's Basketball Shoe moves naturally with your foot while providing the lockdown and responsiveness Kobe demands.Lightweight LockdownA virtually seamless, formfitting Flyknit upper integrates areas of breathability, stretch and support, while Flywire technology—super-light, super-strong nylon cables—locks your foot down. The result: a lightweight, locked-in feel.Responsive CushioningUltra-lightweight, springy Lunarlon cushioning delivers soft yet responsive shock absorption from tip-off to final buzzer.Natural MotionMade with less outsole rubber than traditional basketball shoes, the Kobe 9 Elite offers enhanced flexibility yet maintains the traction required for quick cuts and sprints.More BenefitsKnit collar combines a low-top feel with high-top supportPlush foam around the heel and ankle for comfortSandwich mesh tongue enhances ventilationFlyknit OriginsNike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners seeking a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock. Nike embarked on a four-year mission with teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the technology needed to make the knit upper with static properties for structure and durability. Then the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability—all in one layer—was refined. The result is a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper.