FIRE AND ICE. $220. With five titles, Kobe Bryant has had a career that helps set the standard success on the hardwood. The latest Kobe X Elite features a fiery multicolor Flyknit on the toe and five golden rings on the heel, as a festive nod to his championship success. Red, black and gold adds subtle holiday hints.
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The Nike Kobe 6 Grinch is a striking Lime Green/Varsity Red/Black colorway that looks positively reptilian. The Nike Kobe 6 Supreme Rice has a more traditional black-based upper but creates a similar feel.
In 2006, Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors wearing his first signature shoe from Nike, the Nike Zoom Kobe. Two years later, Kobe won his first and only NBA Most Valuable Player Award while wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe III.
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.
That kind of commitment to innovation has always set Kobe's shoes apart. Today, many of his classics are still being adapted. These include the Kobe 4 Protro Undefeated in Fir/Multi-Color and Purple/University Gold-White. Bold, bright shoes like the Nike Mamba Rage Grinch are also favorites with street style fans as are the Kobe 11s.
The Kobe A.D. is meticulously designed to match the rapid acceleration he used to break down the game. “In the forefoot, there are micro-grooves that go all the way through,” says Grosso. “They allow your feet to splay, so the shoe can actually keep up with the movements of your foot.”.