Nike Kobe 9 will not use the lowest cut which perpetuated from Kobe 4, it will head back mid-cut design, while the upper materials are quite different as the exposure Flyknit. It is the final materials or not, we can not sure, since this is just a semi-finished shoe. According to the website news, Kobe was injured, for protect of his ankle, Nike has designed the mid-cut to fix his legs. At quarter early game, Kobe will be arranged to wear this pair of Kobe 9 sitting in the Audience. After Kobe put out to play the game, this style of shoes may be improved. We just wait for further news about this shoe.