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Nike Kobe a.d Mid Performance Review

After Kobe retired, Mamba Day became a grand festival for the fans which a commemorate for Kobe. And on the occasion of Mamba Day in this year, the new Kobe series of signature shoes was released – Nike Kobe NXT 360 .

Kobe’s signature shoes began to lighten from the 8th version . Following Kobe’s own “lighter, faster” philosophy, Kobe’s shoes will do their best for the supporting and wrapping of each version . At the same time, the configuration of the full length Lunarlon midsole with the heel zoom has been also become the “special configuration” of  Kobe shoes. Although the more similar shoe type and configuration is  make people felt  “aesthetic fatigue”, but I have to say Kobe’s signature shoes are still Nike’s “strongest guard shoes.”


Featuring an Obsidian-based upper with a gradient white  midsole and matching translucent outsole. Its highlight feature is the shoe’s stitched Nike Swoosh logo on the sides.

The setting of Nike Kobe a.d Mid has been further changed. The upper is made of suede with artificial leather which  between the midsole and the upper . The heel also has additional modules. At the same time, the Flywire support on the inside of the shoes to ensure the stability of the shoes. Although we are still worried that the large area of suede uppers will not be extremely fragile due to external forces (such as trampling etc.), we must say that the hardness of the uppers of shoes is quite good.

The midsoles of the shoes used a series of  full length Lunarlon cushioning configurations .However, the addition of a carbon plate between the midsole and the outsole to ensure torsionally resistant of shoes ,which is an improvement over Kobe a.d.


For the traction : The traction on the Nike Kobe AD Mid offers multi-directional coverage that didn’t disappoint. Despite being translucent rubber, it worked really well. But it is not easy to keep clean , it collect the dust of  this type of rubber.

Compare to the engineering meshes and woven meshes that are used nowadays , the suede uppers already quite stiff  for the Kobe shoes. with the Flywire  and  suede upper ,the supporting of shoes have been improved .Although  the shoes more wight than others , but the stability of the shoes will be  attract some fans . In the actual combat process, we can feel that the shoe upper and the forefoot boot work well. Compared to the Kobe 11 Elite’s knitted uppers, the sense of security is much stronger.

At the same time, in order to ensure the durability of the shoes, Kobe a.d’s midsole and the body of the shoe also added a leather connection area .

The midsoles of Lunarlon  with the heel zoom help a lot in the court.Impact protection and energy return are the heel’s main focus. The forefoot is all about offering a balanced ride that allows you to be quick on your feet while still maintaining a level of comfort.


For the fans of KOBE A.D , the best disadvantage is without of the resistance.  Kobe a.d mid added a quarter-finger carbon plate in the arch of the foot (the area of the carbon plate almost fills the entire arch).

For the supporting : The internal heel counter does a good job keeping your foot on the footbed. However, the lateral outrigger is much better than the one featured on the original Kobe A.D. and the supporting is not good compare with Jordans , if you need more supporting  when you playing , it is not the best  choice for   you .

we can see the gif picture as below :

I just play it within  a week, the wear of shoes is obviously .That is the annoying for us .

The lacing enclosure worked well along the midfoot while the slightly raised collar allowed for optimal heel lockdown.

Overall, the Nike Kobe a.d Mid is more then a sprit, the  traction was awesome and the cushion was solid, then the material is quit great. though the ventilation is  just so so.