The Nike Kobe 9 has made a lot of noise after being revealed recently – its shin-creeping high-top design bucks the flow of low-cuts in the Black Mamba’s signature line and is the first ball shoe to feature Flyknit tech. You might be interested to know just how big a role Kobe himself played in the design and by the sounds of it, he was hella instrumental and Nike were pretty acquiescent to his many requests, including the symbolic heel stitching. Watch Kobe’s interview with Complex below.