The Nike Kobe 7 "Prelude" was one of the last sneakers to be revealed on Wednesday in the Nike Kobe "Prelude Pack". Shown off at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Kobe 7 "Prelude" is one of the more elegant sneakers in the pack, featuring a black and white upper that belies many artistic elements along with a golden swoosh and heel clip that represents Bryant's Olympic basketball exploits in London.
Cubism is tapped for the art found on the upper of the Nike Kobe 7 "Prelude". The art style that was born in Spain is symbolic because it was Spain that Team USA - which featured Kobe Bryant - defeated for the second Olympics in a row to claim another gold medal in basketball. While Bryant was no longer called upon to be the savior of the squad like he was in Beijing, his impact and leadership resonated with the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
While modularity was a big feature of the Nike Kobe 7 when it first launched back in 2011, there does not seem to be any sign of a interchangeable sockliner in this case. "LDN" is inscribed on the shoe.
Set to the drop on Jan. 18, the Nike Kobe 7 "Prelude" will be the penultimate sneaker in the "Prelude Pack" as the calendar gets closer to the release of the Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Masterpiece" on Feb. 9.
Check out the Nike Kobe 8 "Prelude" here.