Best Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes

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released Jun. 2024
Nike Kobe Protro 8
  • 8.1
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The Kobe 8 Protro is a solid performer featuring impressive traction.
  • The shoe is best for quicker guards looking for an excellent court feel.
released Apr. 2024
Jordan Zion 3 SE
$150$82.97
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  • 7.5
    rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The Jordan Zion 3 SE upgrades the materials and lockdown, but the fit and traction are problematic.
  • The Jordan Zion 3 SE is best for narrow-foot players who like a drop-in midsole setup.
released Apr. 2024
New Balance Kawhi 4
$170$159.99
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  • 8.6
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Kawhi 4 is an improvement from any previous Kawhi shoe. The traction is reliable, and the cushioning is a standout feature.
  • The New Balance Kawhi 4 is best for players who enjoy springy, plush cushioning setups.
released Apr. 2024
Nike KD 17
from$149.99
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  • 8.1
    rating based on 7 expert reviews
  • The Nike KD 17 is a solid performer with grippy traction and decent support.
  • The Nike KD 17 is best for players who enjoyed the 16 and are looking for better traction.
released Mar. 2024
Adidas Harden Volume 8
from$159.99
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  • 8.6
    rating based on 10 expert reviews
  • The Adidas Harden Volume 8 is a fantastic performer with excellent traction on clean courts and comfortable cushioning.
  • The Harden Vol 8 is best for players who use powerful footwork to create space.
released Mar. 2024
Jordan Tatum 2
from$124.99
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  • 7.7
    rating based on 9 expert reviews
  • The Jordan Tatum 2 is a decent performance shoe, mainly held back by the traction.
  • The Tatum 2 is best for players who prefer balanced setups with Air Strobel.
released Mar. 2024
ANTA KAI 1
from$250.00
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  • 8.4
    rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • The Anta KAI 1 is a well-rounded performer with excellent support and balanced cushioning.
  • The Anta KAI 1 is best for tactile players looking for a responsive and low-to-the-ground setup.
released Mar. 2024
  • 8.6
    rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The Li-Ning JB 2 features outstanding cushioning and solid traction on clean courts.
  • This shoe is perfect for players who appreciate maximum comfort.
released Feb. 2024
Nike Book 1
$150$139.99
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  • 8.3
    rating based on 11 expert reviews
  • Devin Booker's debut signature shoe features impressive traction and materials.
  • The Nike Book 1 is better for lighter, shiftier players.
Under Armour Flow FUTR X Elite
from$150.00
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  • 8.2
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Under Armour Flow FUTR X Elite provides stable cushioning and grippy traction with an innovative upper.
  • This shoe is best for players who prefer a wider, more accommodating forefoot area during play.
New Balance Fresh Foam BB V2
$130$98.99
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  • 8.7
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The New Balance Fresh Foam BB V2 delivers comfortable cushioning with ample impact protection.
  • Explosive players who emphasize a vertical play style will appreciate the New Balance Fresh Foam BB V2.
released Jan. 2024
Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 3
$190$123.97
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  • 8.3
    rating based on 11 expert reviews
  • Nike's G.T. Cut 3 is a solid performer with its comfortable ZoomX cushioning.
  • The Nike G.T. Cut 3 is a shifty shoe best for guards.
released Jan. 2024
Air Jordan 38 Low
$175$100.00
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  • 8.6
    rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • The Air Jordan 38 Low provides all the performance of the 38 with a lower cut.
  • All players can take advantage of the comfortable cushioning and reliable traction.
released Jan. 2024
Adidas Dame Certified 2.0
from$90.00
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  • 8.2
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The Adidas Dame Certified 2.0 is an impressive budget performer which excels in traction.
  • The shoe is for players who prefer thin, responsive cushion setups with grippy traction.
released Jan. 2024
Nike G.T. Cut Academy
$95$71.00
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  • 8.2
    rating based on 7 expert reviews
  • The Nike G.T. Cut Academy has pleasantly surprising traction, and the cushioning is comfortable.
  • This shoe is best for players looking for shifty and reliable traction.
released Jan. 2024
Jordan One Take 5
$100$70.97
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  • 7.4
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Jordan One Take 5 has excellent torsional support and stability, but the shoe is stiff.
  • The Jordan One Take 5 is best for players who play around the hoop.
released Jan. 2024
Adidas Adizero Select 2.0
$110$88.00
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  • 7.6
    rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The Adidas Adizero Select 2.0 excels with lightweight, but it's far from a perfect performer.
  • The Adizero Select 2.0 is best for side-to-side shiftiness.
released Dec. 2023
Adidas AE 1
from$105.00
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  • 8.6
    rating based on 10 expert reviews
  • The Adidas AE 1 is an incredible debut shoe with impressive cushioning and lockdown.
  • The shoe is best for more powerful players who can utilize the bottom-heavy cushioning.
released Dec. 2023
Puma Scoot Zeros
$100$71.99
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  • 7.8
    rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The Puma Scoot Zeros are a reliable, budget-friendly performer. The traction, in particular, is solid.
  • This shoe is best for guards who prefer a responsive cushion setup over impact protection.
Under Armour Curry Spawn FloTro
from$130.00
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  • 8.4
    rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The Curry Spawn FloTro mixes excellent traction with responsive cushioning and a comfortable upper.
  • This shoe is best for guards with fast play styles who benefit from the Flow traction.
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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.