This is an early stage Prototype Sample of Kobe's 6th signature shoe with Nike. Lots of changes went from this to the final production model. The scales on the upper are smaller, the midsole still has yet to take it's final form, no heel cage, the traction pattern is still one solid basic design, etc. One thing I really like about these is how the front outrigger is really aggressive. You can see the extra layer on the toe-cap as well. Lots of R&D go into the development of every shoe, and it's always intriguing to me to see early stages of the process.