Nike has officially unveiled the Kobe 9 and the first pair is an "Elite" make-up that will release on February 8. The sneakers are a super high-top, multi-colored, and are photographed around Kobe's neck. It's also the first Nike basketball sneaker to feature Flyknit technology.

“We are just scratching the surface of the potential of Nike Flyknit to transform the way we design shoes to meet athletes’ needs," Nike CEO Mark Parker said. "The Kobe 9 redefines the basketball shoe by combining power, strength, and flexibility with lightweight materials and a whole new method of manufacturing."

The Kobe 9 is impressively made from a one-piece upper, but spun from a ton of yarn. Lunarlon cushioning gives the Kobe 9 a responsive and comfortable ride. 

"I draw inspiration from where I am as a player, as a person, and where my career is at this moment. I'm trying to do something that the majority of people think is impossible to do," Kobe said.

[via NIKE INC]