Kobe's shoes have always emphasized performance. To bring exceptional support to the Kobe A.D., he was inspired by theme park animatronics, pushing to have performance features found subtly beneath the surface. “Originally we had Dynamic Flywire on top, so it looked really skeletal,” explains Grosso.
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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.
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Shortly after winning the 2002 NBA championship, Kobe opted out of his Adidas contract and become a free agent for about a year. During this time, he wore basketball shoes from brands like Jordan and Reebok. In 2003, he signed a massive deal with Nike. Their partnership launched his now iconic line of Kobe shoes.
As Kobe rose to ‘Black Mamba’ status so did his shoes. The Nike Zoom Kobe 4 made waves when debuting as a low-top basketball sneaker - a silhouette that would remain a constant until the Kobe 9 released with a high top Flyknit sock-like profile.