Complete History and Visual Guide to Kobe Bryant Shoes

Complete History and Visual Guide to Kobe Bryant Shoes

Even as a teenager, it was clear that Kobe Bryant was special. Although injuries and age have finally taken their toll, he has put forth elite play in multiple decades and is one of the biggest figures in modern basketball. It should come as no surprise that Kobe Bryant shoes are in the same discussion as LeBron James shoes and behind only Michael Jordan shoes as far as the biggest signature lines in basketball history.

High School Phenom

The key difference between the shoe lines for Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant is that Kobe was not always a member of the Nike brand. Only 17 at the time and fresh out of high school, Kobe Bryant signed a endorsement deal with Adidas. The six-year deal was reportedly for $48 million. This might explain why he did not sign with Nike to start his career as Adidas made a big offer to Bryant even before he was drafted. A month later, Bryant was taken 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets and then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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. His Adidas shoes were along for the ride and, other than their association with Bryant, are most memorable for their crazy designs. This might have ultimately been the undoing of the Adidas endorsement deal with Kobe Bryant.

Reportedly unhappy with the KOBE TWO, Bryant officially made the switch to Nike in 2003 following the end of his contract with Adidas during the summer of 2002. This did not prevent work on his next Adidas shoe, and images have surfaced for what would have been the follow-up to the KOBE TWO, although no official name was provided. This was not the only time that Kobe Bryant switched to a competitor in the collecting world. Many will remember that before he was the face of Panini Basketball, Kobe Bryant was part of the Upper Deck family. 

Kobe Nike

The Nike era of Kobe Bryant shoes began slowly as they collaborated on the inaugural signature design. In the meantime, Kobe took the court mostly wearing Nike Air Huarache sneakers for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Finally, the Nike Zoom Kobe I made its debut and Bryant's line has been one of the most popular signature shoe offerings since then.

Kobe Bryant shoes have gone through a considerable transformation while with Nike. The first edition was more of a standard basketball sneaker and subsequent editions transitioned to a low-top look, following a soccer-shoe design.

In addition to the many Kobe Bryant shoes in his base signature offerings, multiple variations, including Elite and Prelude, add to the totals. The Nike Venomenon was previously not available in the US, but sneakerheads stateside can now find the lower-priced Kobe Bryant shoes. Also, the original Nike HyperDunk (2008), is commonly associated with Kobe Bryant.

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.

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 (4/13/2016). Shop for Black Mamba Pack sneakers on eBay.

Nike Kobe Bryant Black Mamba Pack

The following guide includes a chronological listing of all the main Kobe Bryant shoes. Each shoe is listed by name and the main season it was featured.

Visual History Guide to Kobe Bryant Shoes

*Shoes synonymous with Kobe Bryant, but not officially among his signature shoes.

Click on the images or listings below to shop for shoes on eBay. The various Adidas and Nike shoes are separated by brand with tabs. 

Nike - 2003 to present

Nike Kobe Bryant Shoes

*Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4: 2003-04

 

*Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K5: 2004-05

 

Nike Zoom Kobe I: 2005-06

 

Nike Zoom Kobe II: 2006-07

 

Nike Zoom Kobe III: 2007-08

 

Nike Zoom Kobe IV: 2008-09

 

Nike Zoom Kobe V: 2009-10

 

Nike Zoom Kobe VI: 2010-11

 

Nike Zoom Kobe VII: 2011-12

 

Nike Zoom Kobe VIII: 2012-13

 

Nike Kobe IX: 2013-14

Nike Kobe X: 2014-15

Nike Kobe X

Nike Kobe 11: 2015-16

Nike Kobe 11 side 1

Nike Kobe 11 side 2

Top eBay Listings

NEW Nike ID Kobe XI 11 QS Mamba Day Black Gold Sz 9.5 NikeID
$160.00

Nike Zoom Kobe V 5 - Dark Knight - Size 11 *MSG w BEST OFFER*
$425.00

Nike Kobe 1 FTB Fade To Black Zoom 1 Sz 11.5 869451-110 Black Mamba
$499.00

Nike Kobe 1 FTB Fade To Black Zoom 1 Sz 11 869451-110 Black Mamba
$499.00

Nike Kobe Zoom 10 X 5am Flight
$170.00

Nike Kobe XI SZ: 8 US Men's (836183 006)
$129.99

NIKE KOBE 8 VIII SYSTEM ELITE SUPERHERO POISON GREEN-BLUE SZ 17 [586156-300]
$269.99

NIKE KOBE 8 VIII SYSTEM TB MIDNIGHT NAVY BLUE-SILVER-WHITE SZ 15 [599520-401]
$149.99

NIKE KOBE 8 VIII SYSTEM TB WHITE-COURT PURPLE-MET SILVER SZ 15 [599520-104]
$149.99

Nike Kobe 11 " Achilles Heel" size 8.5 red
$90.00

Nike Kobe IX 9 High Size 9 KRM EXT QS Challenge Red Snakeskin Shoes 716993-600
$159.99

Nike Zoom Kobe 7 VII All Star Galaxy Brand New Size 9
$319.99

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low Beethoven Promo Sample sz7
$425.00

Nike Kobe 11 Mamba Day ID Sz 11.5 Prelude Limited Edition Rare ASG
$215.00

Kobe 9 em low bruce lee size 11.5 new with box nike
$229.99

Kobe 9 em low bruce lee size 11.5 new with box nike
$229.99
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Adidas - 1996 to 2002

Adidas Kobe Bryant Shoes

*Adidas EQT Elevation: 1996-97

Adidas KB8: 1997-98

Adidas KB8 II: 1998-99

Adidas KB8 III: 1999-00

Adidas THE KOBE: 2000-01

Adidas KOBE TWO: 2001-02

Top eBay Listings

Men's Adidas Kobe Crazy 1 Performance Baby Blue
$75.00

Men's Adidas Crazy 1 B Ball Sneakers Sz 10 Pink Silver New John Wall Kobe
$59.99

ADIDAS THE KOBE BRYANT TWO 2002 PEARL WHITE VIGGO ARTWORK TAG RARE size 10.5
$350.00

Adidas Crazy 8 KOBE Nike NIGHT OF BALLIN DEAD GLOW Pink Mambacurial Elite ID 8.5
$299.98

Adidas Crazy 8 Kareem Abdul Jabbar Kobe UCLA Blueprint White Gum Size 9 S85114
$119.99

NEW Adidas Crazy 8 Kobe Basketball Shoes Jeremy Lin C77701 Lakers Edition 10.5
$57.99

Adidas Crazy 1 Kobe "Vivid Berry" Size 14 Never Worn
$160.00

Adidas Kobe Crazy 1 Yellow Black, Mens 11 US
$152.33

Adidas Crazy 1 "Kobe 1" Silver Black Size 11.5 12
$85.00

Adidas Mutombo Retro Basketball Shoes 10 US 9.5 UK Mens NEW howard kobe rose NR
$59.00

New Adidas Crazy 2 Kobe Bryant 'Broadway Express' Basketball Sneakers Size 8, 10
$79.99

New Adidas Crazy 2 Kobe Bryant 'Broadway Express' Basketball Sneakers Size 8, 10
$79.99

New Adidas Crazy 2 Kobe Bryant 'Broadway Express' Basketball Sneakers Size 8, 10
$79.99

NEW ADIDAS CRAZY 8 MENS = SIZE 10 = KOBE LAKERS BASKETBALL SHOES # G24829
$89.99

Original Adidas THE KOBE 668376 White Black Size 7 Men's Preowned
$129.00

Adidas EQT KB8 II 087846 KOBE ORIGINAL Size 6.5 Men's Black Imperial Silver
$169.00
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