The Nike Zoom Kobe IV was arguably the best and most innovative professional basketball sneaker for the 2008-09 season. Weighing in at 10.6 ounces, the Nike Zoom Kobe V instantly becomes the lightest Nike professional basketball shoe ever created. This shoe definitely goes in the opposite direction of any basketball sneaker to date. It draws most of its inspiration from the soccer field. Some of its distinctive features include phylon midsole and a low profile for responsive cushioning, herringbone traction, glass fiber for extreme arch support and a flywire design composed of TPU skin that is half the weight and makeup of the original flywire design. One cannot argue that this is definitely a highly-detailed basketball sneaker. It obviously possesses the well-recognized Lakers color scheme, but its texture makeup and design set this shoe apart from many. Its most distinctive feature lies on the side panels as mentioned before where a covered flywire design appears. It also owns a new, shiny, scale-like material throughout the mid-foot and toe area. Other distinctive features include Kobe's number 24 at the front of the sole and a mesh-like pattern located on the collar area.