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Kobe's new sneakers go high

Kobe Bryant's new Nike sneakers feature stitching to mimic his sutures after his Achilles surgery. Courtesy Nike

For the last four seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's signature Nike sneakers have been low-top models. But with Bryant rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon, the 17-year vet and sneaker giant went in a different direction with his new model, which was unveiled on Wednesday.

Early reaction on Twitter leaned decidedly in the "hate" direction.

Of course, Kobe himself was already looking ahead to the next innovation in his sneaker line: