It may not be Christmas yet, but some of you may be getting an early present in the form of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Knit Stocking," as word has gotten out that the sneaker has hit some retailers early.

Slated for a December 26 release, the news is accompanied by new on-feet images of Mamba's Christmas Day sneakers. Like the Nike Kobe 9 KRM RXT "Challenege Red," the shoe is dressed up in all red with an almost camo like print on the midsole meant to evoke a candy cane. As we've touched upon before, the sneaker's premier feature is the "Mamba's Greetings" patch on the inside of the tongue, which gives the shoes a unique holiday twist.

Check out the latest on-feet images of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Knit Stocking" in the gallery above and pick up a pair at Nike when they drop on December 26 for $225. If you can't wait unit then, pairs have already started to pop up on eBay as well as some local Nike retailers.

[Sneaker News, Kix and the City]

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