Nike have combined premium materials for dynamic performance with iconic cultural influences to produce the Kobe 9 Elite Low “Hyper Grape,” which will hit stores on July 12.

The grape upper is comprised of flyknit that provides increased breathability, lightweight footprint and a better fit for precise footwork on the court. Lunarlon is incorporated into the midsole for cushioning and support.

Those who follow Kobe closely know that he has a diverse taste in music from classical to hip hop (yeah, we remember his brief rap career). However, this colorway is inspired by Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop.” The most obvious nod to MJ’s legacy is the moon image on the outsole that pays homage to his iconic “Moon Walk” move.

Check out the pictures below, and let us know what you think of this colorway.

Kobe 9 Elite Low “Hyper Grape”
Hyper Grape/White-Cave Purple
$200

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Photos via http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/launch/c/2014-07/kobe-9-elite-low-hyper-grape