Kobe Bryant, the most decorated basketball player still playing in the NBA, has a new pair of shoes, the Kobe VIII, that's so ridiculously light you can hardly tell you're wearing them. Weighing at only 9.6 ounces, the secret in its lightness is in Nike's new engineered mesh technology. It feels like sweatpants.
Kobe has always been on the cutting edge of basketball shoe technology. When most players were wearing high tops to protect their ankles, Kobe went with a low cut shoe years ago. When most players opt for something bulky, Kobe wants a shoe that weighs nearly half the typical basketball shoe (for comparison, LeBron James wears a shoe that's nearly 17 oz). This isn't your typical basketball shoe, it combines the best features from other athletic shoes (think soccer or running) and incorporates it into something you can wear on the hardwood.