Nike Kobe Bryant. After spending the early part of his career with adidas, Kobe Bryant joined Nike Basketball in 2003. Since then, he has leapt over speeding Aston Martins for Nike and effectively branded himself as the “Black Mamba”. Kobe’s signature kicks often offer a sleek low-top that contrasts against Bryant’s high profile.
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Kobe's shoes have always emphasized performance. To bring exceptional support to the Kobe A.D., he was inspired by theme park animatronics, pushing to have performance features found subtly beneath the surface. “Originally we had Dynamic Flywire on top, so it looked really skeletal,” explains Grosso.
Nike continues to develop groundbreaking technologies with the Kobe Bryant signature line. The Kobe X is the lightest and lowest Nike basketball shoe to date, and is designed to fit like an extension of Kobe's foot for a quick first step. For the first time ever, Nike unleashed its' Ultra-grippy outsole for super quick cuts that also enhances lateral movement.
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All that said and considered, the best Kobe Bryant shoe is still the Nike Zoom Kobe IV because of how it innovated the entire shoe line to deliver the kind of experience and overall quality that we are seeing in the newer Kobe models. It is light, stable, and comfortable as it revolutionized the low-top sneaker game to pave the way for future Kobe models and other signature shoe lines such as Kyrie, PG, and Dame to work on.
Shortly after winning the 2002 NBA championship, Kobe opted out of his Adidas contract and become a free agent for about a year. During this time, he wore basketball shoes from brands like Jordan and Reebok. In 2003, he signed a massive deal with Nike. Their partnership launched his now iconic line of Kobe shoes.