Kobe Bryant is listed at 6’6” and was one of the most relentless competitors the game has ever seen – defensively and offensively.
Kobe Bryant Logo
Kobe also had a logo with his earlier short run with Adidas which was basically his silhouette, which then included an afro.
What Shoe Size Did Kobe Bryant Wear?
Kobe Bryant wore a size 14.
History of Kobe Signature Shoes
As a 17-year-old rookie, Kobe Bryant initially signed a contract with Adidas that would run for six years and was worth $48 million. He completed the years but he still had to pay $8 million to the company when he voluntarily left after some disappointing sneaker releases. He then spent the 2002-2003 season as a sneaker free agent, wearing everything from Jordans to And1s. In 2004, he signed a five-year, $40 to $45 million deal with Nike. He did not have a signature shoe per se, but he was made the face of one of the most iconic basketball sneakers ever – the Nike Huarache 2K4. He donned the next iteration of that, the 2K5, before finally debuting his first signature shoe with the Swoosh. The deal has since expanded in length and worth.
The Nike Zoom Kobe 1 was released in January 2006.
|Shoe||Release Date||Retail Price|
|Nike Kobe 6 Protro||Jan 2021||$179.99|
|Nike Mama Fury||Aug 2020||$99.99|
|Nike Kobe 5 Protro||Jan 2020||$179.99|
|Nike Kobe AD NXT FastFit||Sep 2019||$199.99|
|Nike Mamba Focus||Apr 2019||$99.99|
|Nike Kobe 4 Protro||Feb 2019||$174.99|
|Nike Kobe AD Exodus||Aug 2018||$139.99|
|Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro||Apr 2018||$174.99|
|Nike Kobe AD NXT 360||Apr 2018||$199.99|
|Nike Kobe AD Mid||Aug 2017||$149.99|
|Nike Kobe AD NXT||Apr 2017||$199.99|
|Nike Mamba Instinct||Jan 2017||$99.99|
|Nike Kobe AD||Nov 2016||$159.99|
Characteristics of Kobe Shoes
The first three models of the Kobe line were similar in that they all featured a leather-built upper, full-length foam cushion with Zoom Air, and high-rising collars. With the Kobe 4, however, came a huge change. Kobe wanted the freedom of movement of soccer players’ feet and so released his first low-top basketball sneaker. Since then, the line has mainly kept with that format, with a few exceptions with certain versions.
Cushioning for the line has always been just right for the average player. It didn’t dwell on giving people what they didn’t need and so cushion, Zoom Air to be specific, was placed strategically so it and force exerted could be maximized. Materials, however, moved with the times as it transitioned from leather to fuse to mesh to knit to ripstop. Naming became interesting after he retired, utilizing “A.D.” It has, in order, released the following so far: “regular,” NXT, Mid, 360, Exodus, and FastFit.
Kobe has had more than a few budget models. His first was a series named the “Venomenon” and released six versions. Then came the “Mentality” ones which only released two, and that was followed by the “attributes” series: Rage, Instinct, Focus, and Fury. These usually retailed around $100 while the main releases averaged about $160.
Two of the most iconic colorways of the Kobe line would have to be the Kobe 5 “Bruce Lee,” paying homage to the martial arts legend, and the Kobe 6 “Grinch,” which Kobe wore during a 2010 Christmas game versus the Miami Heat. He has also had the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth iterations of his signatures recently receive performance-updated versions, known as “Protros.”