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First Look: Nike Kobe 6 'Prelude' is a love letter to Venice Beach

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The Nike Kobe 6 "Prelude" was among the featured kicks in the Nike Kobe "Prelude Pack" on Wednesday. Unveiled at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the "Prelude Pack" is meant to serve as a bridging of the gap between all of Kobe Bryant's signature shoes as they showed off the Nike Kobe 9 Elite for the first time. Each sneaker in the "Prelude Pack" will drop on a weekly basis until the debut of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite.

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For the Nike Kobe 6 "Prelude", Nike took to the famous art deco style of Venice Beach for inspiration. Anywhere people walk down the famous stretch of Venice Beach there are walls of art waiting to be discovered and Nike took the bright colors and imagery of those walls and placed them on the Kobe 6. Featuring a scaled upper, the art takes on a new and fresh look that pops up when seen up close.

While the Lakers failed in their quest for a third consecutive championship during the 2010-11 NBA season, Bryant did have a memorable showing the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, scoring 37 points on his way to MVP honors. That weekend is also famous for being Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's coming out party, but Bryant made sure that everybody knew that he was still reigning king of Los Angeles. The MVP is inscribed on the sockliner of the Nike Kobe 6 "Prelude" so nobody forgets it.

The Nike Kobe 6 "Prelude" will be available on Jan. 11 at select Nike retail locations at still-to-be-determined price. The Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Masterpiece" will launch on Feb. 8.

Check out the Nike Kobe 7 "Prelude" here.

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