Nike unveils PH-inspired Kobe shoes on May 23


Posted at May 22 2014 11:12 AM | Updated as of May 22 2014 07:12 PM

CALIFORNIA -- Nike will be releasing the new Kobe Bryant basketball shoes this month that were inspired by the Philippines.

The Nike Kobe 9 EM Philippines was created by Filipino-American, Eric Godo.

The color for the banig pattern of the shoe was inspired by painted barangay courts and serves as a reminder of where the Pinoy's love of basketball began.

The clever part of the shoe is its sole where there is an imprint of "tsinelas", or slippers, which represents how Filipinos will play basketball in any type of footwear.

The Kobes will be released on May 23 for $180.