January 21, 2014 Introducing the Kobe Prelude VIII View Gallery The Kobe Prelude Pack celebrates the stories behind some of Kobe’s most defining moments. Sitting atop designer Eric Avar’s KOBE 8 SYSTEM brief as he began designing the shoe: Kobe Bryant wanted a shoe that acted as an extension of his foot, mirroring his quick performance while staying lower to the ground. In response, Avar and the design team incorporated an innovative textile -- Nike Engineered Mesh -- for the first time in a basketball shoe. This created a dynamic and ultra-lightweight fit that is 90 percent mesh for 360 degrees of breathability and tightly woven for strength and flexibility. The high performance of the shoe continues with the Kobe Prelude VIII, while contemporary art inspires the aesthetic. The shoe’s mirror finish on the heel brings to life "Reflection.” Bryant's previous season was full of twists and turns, and he spent a lot of time reflecting on where he is, where he has been, and where he can take himself. Using contemporary art as the filter, Nike designers infused modern design and technology through the use of neon colors mixed with chrome. Tags nike basketball Kobe prelude kobe prelude pack kobe prelude viii kobe bryant eric avar Related Stories Nike Celebrates Coach K and His 1,000 Wins Nike Air: Next is Now Rebirth of the Legend: The Nike Air Force 1 High "Nai Ke"