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Best Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes

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released Apr. 2018
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  • 8.9
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • Very supportive leather upper, great traction, and responsive Zoom Air cushioning.
  • Perfect if you like old-school basketball sneakers
released Apr. 2018
Nike Kobe AD NXT 360
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  • 8.9
    rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • Low-top with eye-popping design, perfectly-balanced cushioning and great fit
  • Best for players looking for flashy, cutting-edge performance shoes
released Jan. 2020
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
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  • 8.8
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • An updated version of the Kobe 5 with softer cushioning and improved traction
  • Must-have shoes for fans of the original Kobe 5
released Apr. 2017
Nike Kobe AD NXT
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  • 8.8
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • Well-rounded performer with great traction, fun cushioning, and excellent fit
  • Works best for quick guards
released Feb. 2019
Nike Kobe 4 Protro
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  • 8.6
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • A solid performer that started the low-top trend in basketball shoes
  • A very versatile shoe that will be most appreciated by players who had the OG Kobe 4
released Jan. 2021
Nike Kobe 6 Protro
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  • 8.5
    rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • The Kobe 6 Protro is an excellent follow-up to the original which set high standards for the Kobe line.
  • Players who want a strong performing, balanced shoe.
released Sep. 2019
Nike Kobe AD NXT FastFit
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  • 8.5
    rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The first Kobe model with the FastFit lacing system
  • Great shoe for quick, low-to-the-ground players who are into futuristic looks
released Aug. 2017
Nike Kobe AD Mid
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  • 8.5
    rating based on 9 expert reviews
  • Amazing traction and great cushioning
  • Poor ventilation is problematic if your feet sweat a lot
released Jan. 2017
Nike Mamba Instinct
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  • 8.4
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • Budget Kobe model provides great bang for the buck
  • Meant for quick guards who want a light shoe
released Aug. 2018
Nike Kobe AD Exodus
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  • 8.3
    rating based on 9 expert reviews
  • Comfortable and huge 14mm Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the heel
  • Especially recommended for quicker guards
released Nov. 2016
Nike Kobe AD
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  • 7.8
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • Kobe Bryants first signature sneaker after retirement
  • Best for guards who prefer firm cushioning setups
released Apr. 2019
Nike Mamba Focus
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  • 7.4
    rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • Very lightweight budget model from Kobe's signature line
  • An affordable shoe for playing outdoors
released Aug. 2020
Nike Mama Fury
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  • 7.0
    rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • A very basic and minimal Kobe budget sneaker
  • Best for players who like snug shoes with a lot of court feel
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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Lower Merion High School by the Charlotte Hornets. He was drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night and spent all of his 20 seasons there. He was a member of the All-Rookie team, a two-time scoring champion, 18-time All Star, 15-time All-NBA team member, 12-time All-Defensive team inductee, 2008 Regular Season MVP, four-time All-Star Game MVP, five-time NBA Champion, and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He tragically passed away on January 26, 2020 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the same year.

Playing Style

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 Bryant’s most recognizable logo was designed by Eric Avar. According to Kobe, it is a sword in a sheath, where the weapon represents raw talent while the case represents the hard work one puts in to harness and refine that talent. The designer said that he used Japanese warriors as an inspiration, saying that the warriors exhibited Bryant’s same balance. It is officially known as the “Sheath.”

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.

Release Dates of Kobe Bryant Signature Shoes*
* includes only shoes released in 2017 or later

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.”

Special Colorways

Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Undefeated Flight Jacket"

With an average sale price of about $6,000, the Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Undefeated Flight Jacket” is the most expensive of the line’s releases on StockX. It features a musty green suede upper with orange hints and the Undefeated logo on the lateral sides. The heel collar, swoosh, and outsole are black, while the midsole is partially off-white.