The Nike Kobe AD NXT Set to Debut on Mamba Day

Nick DePaula’s sit-down interview with Eric Avar back in January at the Adapt BB launch was full of takeaways. The designer behind the Foamposite and newly launched Adapt BB is as decorated as they come, working with everyone from Penny Hardaway to Jayson Tatum.

While the Air Penny series and new Adapt BB impress, perhaps Avar’s most acclaimed work is the signature series for Kobe Bryant. Always innovating, Avar and Kobe had a unique ability to both push the envelope and push each other when it came to cutting-edge performance crafted to benefit the baller.

Eric Avar & Kobe Bryant

In recent years, the Nike Kobe line has been somewhat scaled down in regards to tech, tooling and even annotation. The Kobe “AD” series has sleekened and tweaked the magic the collaborators had for wider accessibility. However, it appears the next installment from the Black Mamba will go back to innovating and pulling pages out of the best in basketball.

According to Avar, “Kobe’s next shoe – the 14th – is heavily influenced” by the fit ethos of the Adapt BB — similar to that of the Air Jordan 33 which features FastFit tech.

Air Jordan 33 with FastFit

Adding to the intrigue, Avar and Kobe maintain a close relationship that’s never “short of big and bold ideas” coming from Bryant himself.

Last month, we saw the FastFit Kobe confirmed via leaked images from Hupu.

What looked like internal storyboarding slides revealed that concept Kobe AD NXT is in fact complete with FastFit technology at the tongue just like that of the Air Jordan 33.

On top of that, the shoe features an ankle-strap similar to that of the Nike Kobe II and sole tooling like that of the Nike Kobe 10.

In addition to shoe shots and a tech sheet, the Kobe NXT Fast Fit is slated to be worn by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Kuzma.

Both players have been loyal to the Black Mamba in play and footwear over the course of their career, providing the proper footing for the next Kobe release.

Now, we see the shoe in all its glory through a recent leak.

As expected, it’s very futuristic.


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Following a preview of the shoe and how it looks on foot above, we now have official info straight from the Swoosh.

Housing Nike FastFit, QuadFit and REACT, the shoe is catered to court feel and control.

“It is our most technologically advanced basketball shoe we’ve done in the KOBE line, due to the combination of complex components,” said Ross Klein, Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball Footwear.

Releasing this month, the Nike KOBE AD NXT debuts on August 24th – aka Mamba Day – in the black-based colorway.

Drew League legend Frank Nitty has just worn an all-new “Vast Grey” rendition – the original leak colorway – on court which you can see below. This pair will also launch on August 24th.


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Log onto Nike on August 24th to cop the latest Nike Kobe signature for $200 a pair.

Peep on-foot photos of the “Vast Grey” colorway from The Drew League courtesy of our man Zaul Zamora below.


Release Date: August 24, 2019
Price: $200