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Nike Kobe 11 Shoes
The Nike Kobe 11 excelled in almost every aspect except the traction. The best way to describe it is inconsistent. Except for traction, everything else was on point. They offer excellent materials and support, great lockdown, and amazing, (somewhat) customizable cushion.
If the Kobe 11 featured the Kobe 9’s traction, it would be as close to perfect as a shoe can be.
The 2015-16 season would be the last pro season for the great Kobe Bryant. The season served as a farewell tour for Kobe, one last chance for fans to get a glimpse of the Mamba. He had an ok season averaging 17 ppg, 3 rbpg and 3 apg and was named to the All-Star team, but Kobe had one last trick up his sleeve. During his last regular season game vrs the Utah Jazz Kobe put up 60 points in an epic last performance before ridding off into the sunset.
The Kobe XI was the last Kobe, that Kobe himself would wear on-court. The shoe came in an standard version and a EM version, as depending on the colorway, the shoe featured a knit or a synthetic upper. There are a bunch of different sleek colorways of this shoe, but one of the best has to be the Bright Mango or Barcelona colorway.
Nike Kobe 10 Shoes
The Nike Kobe X was a solid shoe. The traction was awesome, the cushion was solid, they fit like a glove for the most part and stability was on point. The worst feature of the Kobe X was the materials.
The Kobe X aren’t the best Kobe model in the line by any means, but they are a good all-around performer.
Kobe was only able to play 35 games during the 2014-15 season, and it was obvious that he wasn’t the same player as before his injury. He had solid averages either way soring 22 ppg, grabbing 6 rpg and dishing out 6 apg which earned him an All-Star appearance. Kobe had lost his explosiveness but he was as crafty a player as there has ever been, and during that 2014-15 season his basketball skills were on full display.
The Nike Kobe X wasn’t the most popular Kobe model by any means, but the shoe got the same treatment as the Kobe 9. Nike dropped an elite low version, an elite high version, team colorways, ultra customized PE versions, etc.
Nike Kobe 9 Shoes
The Kobe 9 is one of the all-time great Kobe shoes. In particular, the traction on the Kobe 9 was some of the best traction ever featured on a basketball shoe. The Kobe 9 also offered excellent cushion, a variety of different material setups one could choose from, and good support.
Kobe spent the 2013-14 rehabbing his torn Achilles from the previous season. A torn Achilles usually takes a full year (so, more than an NBA season) to rehab properly if it doesn’t end your career completely. But, in true Black Mamba fashion, Kobe made it back before the end of the season and was able to play 6 games and average 13 ppg, 4 rpg and 6 apg, which is freaking impressive.
The Kobe 9 again came in a wide array of flavors. There were all sorts of colorways, there was a high-top elite version, there was a low-top elite version, there were life style versions… for a shoe Kobe barely wore the Kobe 9 got a ton of love from Nike. But out of all the Kobe 9s that were released, the Kobe 9 Bruce Lee has to be the fan favorite, and still one of the cleanest silhouettes in the Kobe line.
Nike Kobe 8 Shoes
The Kobe 8 was an excellent shoe, especially for guards. The Kobe 8 offered great traction (some of the best ever until the arrival of the Kobe 9), top-notch, customizable cushion, and supportive, lightweight materials.
The Kobe 8 was a very technologically advanced model that Nike Basketball would use as a blueprint and tweak from year to year. The Nike GT Cut, for example is a very similar shoe, released in 2021.
The 2012-13 season began with tons of promise for the Lakers, but would ultimately end in utter disappointment. The Lakers brought in superstars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason, and immediately became the clear favorites to bring home the Larry O’Brien trophy. But the team never gelled correctly. Dwight clashed with Kobe and Nash couldn’t get healthy enough to be the dominant PG everyone wanted. To make everything 10 times worse, towards the end of the year Kobe ruptured his Achilles tendon, which would mark the beginning of the decline of the Black Mamba’s on-court performance. He ended the year averaging 27 ppg, 6 rbpg, and 6 apg. He was named to the All Star team and the All-NBA first team as well.
The Nike Kobe 8’s synthetic upper allowed for an impressive number of different colorways. Most of them were named after different types of snakes, following the Black Mamba theme, but there were also team versions, soccer inspired versions, etc. There was even an elite version of the shoe. Everyone has their favorite colorway of this shoe but the Kobe 8 Elite Metalic Gold, which was obviously meant to make an appearance during that years finals, is as slick as it gets.
Nike Kobe 7 Shoes
The Kobe 7 was a very disappointing model, especially considering that it followed two amazing models in the Kobe 6 and Kobe 5. There were some elements of the Kobe 7 that were decent, primarily the traction and the materials. Everything else was a swing and a miss for Nike.
The drop in the quality of his footwear didn’t faze Kobe too much, as he went on to improve his individual numbers from the previous season. Kobe averaged just about 28 ppg, 5 rbpg, and 5 apg. He was an All-Star, he was named to the All-NBA first team and the All-NBA Defensive second team. He and the Lakers made the playoffs, but would again fall in the second round, this time to Kevin Durant’s OKC Thunder.
There were again a great number of different colorways that dropped of this shoe. Once again it would be a Kobe’s Christmas model that would take the prize of “most iconic”. This years version was predominantly purple with acid green accents and red laces.
Nike Kobe 6 Shoes
The Kobe 6 is another all-time great performer from the Kobe signature line. The Kobe 6 did everything well, after a break-in period. The traction started off inconsistent, but as they broke in, they became extremely grippy. The cushioning was performance-driven and superb. Also great were the lockdown and support.
These are shoes that need some love at the beginning, but once they mold to your foot and get some wear time, they blossom into an one of the greatest, on-court shoes of all time.
The Kobe 6 originally realeased during the 2010-11 season. At this point the Black Mamba was at the height of his powers. Kobe was named to that years All-Star team, won the All-Star MVP, was named to the All-NBA Defensive 1st team and to the All-NBA first team as well, all while averaging bassically, 25-5-and 5. Just a monster.
The Lakers would make the playoffs but fell in teh second round to the team that would end up winning the NBA championship that year, the Dallas Mavericks.
Kobe would get a slew of different colorways of the 6s that year. There was a red and black version he wore during that years all star game, more subdued Laker friendly colorways like the Concords (white, back and purple) and the Del Sol (black and yellow), and more outlandish versions like the Chaos (acid green, navy blue, red and white). But the most iconic colorway of this shoe dropped on Christmas day of 2010. Kobe broke out a pair of acid green 6s with red laces during his match up with LeBron James and the big three era Miami Heat. The colorway is known as the Grinch colorway and it has been one of the most sought-after, and influential colorways of all times.