The Nike Kobe AD NXT is Kobe Bryant’s second post-retirement shoe. the NXT’s silhouette is inspired by Hindu and Buddhist storytelling. Defined by a new lacing structure, the design was achieved by integrating the lacing with the Flyknit upper. Pulling the laces up and out of the lace lock draws the structure together, creating a fluid system with the drop-in insole (combining Lunarlon with a Zoom Air bag, and siped in the forefoot for flexibility). In addition, the sneaker’s flyknit upper incorporates a subtle circular pattern that was inspired by a lotus flower and represents rebirth. The shoe’s Nike Zoom base boasts an updated traction pattern, but the star of the shoe is Nike’s innovative lacing system, with a woven shroud overlay and drawstring tightening system.