Nike Goes Local With China-Only Zoom Kobe VI

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Nike Zoom Kobe VI (China Edition)

Nike Zoom Kobe VI (China Edition)

Just in time for Chinese New Year, Nike is set to release a limited-edition, China-only version of its Zoom Kobe VI basketball shoe. Inspired by traditional Chinese pottery and artistic motifs, the China version of the Zoom Kobe VI features a grey-and-purple color scheme, distinct from the black-and-yellow and black-and-green schemes of its American counterparts. Otherwise, the shoe’s Chinese touches include a special lace buckle featuring Kobe Bryant’s team number, 24, and a stylized Reishi mushroom (灵芝, a traditional symbol of good luck and happiness) that morphs into the heads of two black mamba snakes.

Priced at 1299 yuan (US$197), the Nike Zoom Kobe VI China edition will go on sale throughout China on February 2. A commemorative t-shirt, priced at 249 yuan (US$38) will hit stores the same day.

Zoom Kobe VI, featuring localized lace buckle

Zoom Kobe VI, featuring localized lace buckle

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Commemorative t-shirt

Commemorative t-shirt

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