Kobe Bryant Shoes
Though Kobe Bryant played his entire NBA career with one team in the league, he wore two different brands and spent 1 year in sneaker free agency. The first line of Kobe Bryant shoes started with Adidas when he signed with the brand and started his NBA career with the three stripes. Some of the most famous Adidas shoes the Kobe Bryant wore before his first signature shoe were the Adidas EQT Elevation and Adidas Top Ten 2000. Kobe's first signature shoe with Adidas was the Adidas KB-8 which today is known to many as the Adidas Crazy 8. The KB8 saw two followups in the line with the Adidas KB8-II, and Adidas KB8-III before his name would make its mark on the box with the Adidas Kobe and Adidas Kobe II. Kobe Bryant complained that his Adidas shoes were impacting his ability to play despite winning a series of rings including his third NBA-Championship while wearing the Adidas Kobe II. Kobe Bryant and Adidas agreed to sever ties and part of the deal required Kobe to "sit-out" one season where he was restricted to not wear more than one brand for a series of three consecutive games. This season was a favorite for many sneakerheads as we saw a number of Kobe Bryant PEs (Player Exclusives) by Nike, Jordan, and Reebok. It would mark the first time that many of the shoes would be made in Lakers colors. In 2004, Kobe Bryant officially inked with Nike and hit the ground running in the Nike Huarache 2k4 and Huarache 2k5 before landing his first Nike signature shoe - the Nike Zoom Kobe 1. Eric Avar, brainchild of the Nike Foamposite and many other legendary Nike Basketball shoes, was the design lead for Kobe and designed every shoe in his Nike Kobe series. The Nike Zoom Kobe IV caught many people's attention when it was the first low-cut signature basketball shoe for the athlete and started a ton of conversation on whether or not an elite level basketball player required a high-top or mid-cut basketball shoe on court. The Nike Kobe 9 brought back the high top in the Nike Kobe 9 Elite series. The Nike Kobe 11 is said to be the last Nike Kobe shoe that the Black Mamba will wear on court in his storied NBA career.