Nike’s Once Again Inspired By The Grinch For This Kobe 10 Elite Colorway

The Christmas Holiday finally arrives this week and so this is perhaps an ideal time to take a look back at a particular, very memorable sneaker that Nike dropped around Christmas time five years ago. The sneaker being referred to is the “Grinch” iteration of the Nike Zoom Kobe 6, which actually made its retail debut on Christmas Day itself, back in 2010. It is unlikely that sneakerheads at that time were expecting the theme to be repeated in the future. Yet, the latest Nike releases of the Kobe 10 Elite apparently draws from the same source of inspiration.

Nike-Kobe-10-Elite-1The Grinch-like sneaker had actually turned out to be one of the most popular colorways of the Zoom Kobe 6. The sneakerheads of today may or may not know this but the official nickname of the sneaker from Nike was actually “Green Mamba.” However, considering that it arrived at retailers on Christmas 2010, sneaker blogs and forums of the time were responsible for dubbing it “The Grinch” because of its resemblance to the character by Dr. Seuss. While the character who tried to steal Christmas may or may not have been the source of inspiration behind the bright green Zoom Kobe 6, but this upcoming Kobe 10 Elite certainly appears to be Grinch-inspired.

However, the Kobe 10 Elite “Grinch” has not received a general Nike release 2015; rather they have specifically listed it as a custom option on NIKEiD. Unlike the previous, possibly Grinch-inspired colorway, this iteration resembles the character more accurately with its textured upper that is predominantly dressed up in green. The side panels featured Black Nike Swooshes, while Red that covers the laces further enhances the Holiday theme. Last but not least, the sneaker is also equipped with a White midsole and a Green outsole. This custom “Grinch” option of the Nike Kobe 10 Elite will be available on NIKEiD on December 22nd at a price of $245.

Nike-Kobe-10-EliteNike Kobe 10 Elite Low Christmas “Grinch”
Release Date: December 22nd, 2015
802817-993 | $245

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