Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Influenced By Marvel & DC Comics
Though the greatest signature basketball shoe line, Air Jordan, has always been influenced by man-made engineering feats like Ferraris, watches, high heel shoes and fighter jets, the Zoom Kobe line has been influenced by various things such as the natural world. Kobe seems to love Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel because he likens himself to animal quickness and instinct. He calls himself, “The Black Mamba,” which is why we see faux snakeskin details on a lot of this shoes. He’s even gone so far as to choose the Orca Whale as a source of inspiration for his Zoom Kobe IIs a couple years back.
For the Zoom Kobe 4, Kobe seems to look to Marvel Comics’ Venom and DC Comics’ Joker for influence. As you saw in a previous post, Kobe’s “Venom” edition of the Kobe 4 was debuted in Miami. However, another indication of Venom influence can be seen on every sole of the Kobe 4. The detailing on the bottom is supposed to mimic the “symbiote” suit that grabs a hold of the victim. Kobe stated in interviews that the “symbiote” detailing was in keeping with the theme of the shoe as a lock down performance sneaker that becomes one with the foot.
The next shoe that takes a cue from DC Comics’ Joker is the Nike Zoom Kobe IV “Chaos.” The purple nubuck material looks a lot like Joker’s raggedyass purple suit. The shoe is set to officially release at the House of Hoops by Foot Locker beginning on January 10th at the House of Hoops Los Angeles. The next weekend, January 17th, the House of Hoops Chicago and the House of Hoops NYC will release their pairs. Pairs will be limited.