By now, you've probably seen just about every angle of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Christmas." But we found one hidden gem that completely makes the rest of the shoe: the inner tongue.

The phrase "Mamba's Greetings" is emblazoned on the tongue surrounded by a snake, giving the shoe some dope holiday flavor. This should put to rest any grumblings that the sneaker wasn't Kobe's Christmas Day shoe and instead was the "Poker Ace" colorway. As you already know, the shoe's two-tone red upper sits on top of a red camouflage midsole. Word on the street has it that these Yuletide Kobe 9s are set to drop on December 26, a day after the Lakers are set to play the Bulls, but we are still awaiting an official confirmation from Nike.

Check out the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Christmas" below and make sure to get a good look at the holiday patch above.

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