The Legend Kobe Bryant / by Leilani Ioane

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In tribute to Kobe Bryant's retirement we’ve collated a visual history guide to each of Kobe Bryant's Shoes and the transition from Adidas to Nike.

Kobe Adidas:

After a low-key rookie season coming off the bench, Kobe Bryant would take his game to the next level and become one of the top players in the NBA by the 2000-01 season. Reportedly unhappy with the KOBE TWO, Bryant officially made the switch to Nike in 2003.

Adidas EQT Elevation - 1996-97

Adidas EQT Elevation - 1996-97

Adidas KB* 1997-98

Adidas KB* 1997-98

Adidas KB8 II - 1998-99

Adidas KB8 II - 1998-99

Adidas KB8 III - 1990-00

Adidas KB8 III - 1990-00

Adidas THE KOBE - 2000 - 01

Adidas THE KOBE - 2000 - 01

Adidas KOBE TWO - 2001 - 02

Adidas KOBE TWO - 2001 - 02

Kobe Nike:

The Nike era of Kobe Bryant shoes began slowly as they collaborated on the signature design. In the meantime, Kobe took the court mostly wearing Nike Air Huarache sneakers. Bryant’s line has been one of the most popular signature shoe offerings since then and have gone through considerable transformation with Nike. 

Nike Kobe Bryant Shoe - Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K42003-04

Nike Kobe Bryant Shoe - Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K42003-04

Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K5 - 2004-05

Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K5 - 2004-05

Nike Zoom Kobe I - 2005-06

Nike Zoom Kobe I - 2005-06

NIke Zoom Kobe II - 2006-07

NIke Zoom Kobe II - 2006-07

Nike Zoom Kobe III - 2007-08

Nike Zoom Kobe III - 2007-08

Nike Zoom Kobe IV - 2008-09

Nike Zoom Kobe IV - 2008-09

NIke Zoom Kobe V - 2009-10

NIke Zoom Kobe V - 2009-10

Nike Zoom Kobe VI - 2010-11

Nike Zoom Kobe VI - 2010-11

Nike Zoom Kobe VII - 2011-12

Nike Zoom Kobe VII - 2011-12

Nike Zoom Kobe VII - 2012-13

Nike Zoom Kobe VII - 2012-13

Nike Kobe IX - 2013-14

Nike Kobe IX - 2013-14

Nike Kobe X - 2014-15

Nike Kobe X - 2014-15

Nike Kobe 11 - 2015-16

Nike Kobe 11 - 2015-16

Nike Black Mamba Pack 

There is also a limited Black Mamba Pack that revisits all 13 Nike pairs worn during his career. the line was released over several weeks in the order he wore them, leading up to the day of his final NBA game (13/04/16)

The Nike Kobe 11 is the newest edition of the popular shoe line and the first XI Elite colorway officially released on January 9, 2016.