Full History and Visual Guide to Kobe Bryant Shoes

Full 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 A.D. (aka 12) is the first release for the line following Bryant's retirement. The name officially ends the shoe numbering system but many will still likely refer to it as the Kobe 12. The shoe releases on November 22, 2016.

Nike Black Mamba Pack

There is also a limited Black Mamba Pack that revisits all 13 Nike pairs worn during his career up until his final NBA season. 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

Nike Kobe A.D. / 12: 2016-17

Releases 11/22/2016

Nike Kobe AD

Nike Kobe AD

Top eBay Listings

Nike Air Zoom Kobe "Achilles Heel" University Supreme Elite 11 XI 7 VII 6 VI 12
$149.99

Nike Kobe XI Carpe Diem Black Purple Gold 836183-015 8-14 11 10
$144.50

Nike Kobe XI Carpe Diem Black Purple Gold 836183-015 8-14 11 10
$157.25

Nike Kobe XI Carpe Diem Black Purple Gold 836183-015 8-14 11 10
$144.50

Mens Nike Kobe lX PRM Basketball Shoe Green Black Silver 652908-303 sz 10.5 NEW
$69.99

NIKE KOBE XI ELITE BHM size 14. BLACK HISTORY MONTH 822522-914. x 10 ext hi 9
$215.00

NIKE KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE SUPERHERO POISON GREE BLACK MEN'S 16 [586156-300]
$129.99

NIKE KOBE IX ELITE BRAVE BLUE METALLIC SILVER-WHITE SIZE MEN'S 10 [630847-404]
$329.99

NIKE KOBE 8 SYSTEM TB MIDNIGHT NAVY SILVER WHITE SIZE MEN'S 15 [599520-401]
$119.99

NIKE KOBE IX EM TB BLACK-METALLIC SILVER-WHITE SIZE MEN'S 16 [685776-002]
$129.99

NIKE KOBE 8 SYSTEM TB WHITE COURT PURPLE-SILVER SIZE MEN'S 14.5 [599520-104]
$109.99

NIKE KOBE IX CH CHINA PACK UNIVERSITY RED GOLD-BLACK SIZE MEN'S 13 [683251-670]
$179.99

NIKE KOBE IX MID EXT QS "SNAKESKIN" BASKETBALL BLACK SIZE MEN'S 8.5 [704286-001]
$149.99

NIKE KOBE X BLACK BRIGHT CRIMSON ANTHRACITE SIZE MEN'S 10 [705317-060]
$139.99

NIKE KOBE IX 9 ELITE LOW FLYKNIT ID BLACK MET SILVER SIZE MEN'S 13 [677992-993]
$279.99

Nike Kobe 8 VIII Mine Grey colorway Purple Red Lunarlon mesh upper new Size 14
$39.84
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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

adidas OG THE KOBE EQT Elevation 97 All-Stars Slam Dunk sz10 NMD DB 070678
$650.00

adidas OG KOBE kb8 1 White Black Stripe sz13.5 FTB NMD Doernbecher DB 045080
$650.00

Adidas Crazy 8 "Kobe Vino" Men's Basketball Shoes Maroon D70090 Sz 7.5
$79.99

MINT Adidas Crazy 8 Kobe Bryant C75756 Scarlet Running White Gum Size 9 M Shoes
$59.99

MINT Adidas Crazy 8 Kobe Bryant C75758 Light Onix Running White Gum Size 9 Shoes
$59.99

Adidas Crazy 2 Size 12.5 KB8 8 Top Ten
$35.00

Adidas T Mac 5 V PROMO Sz 9.5 DS Houston Rockets SAMPLE Kobe
$296.99

Adidas Crazy 1 Kobe 8 "Awards Season" RARE DEADSTOCK gold basketball sneakers
$159.95

Adidas Crazy 1 Kobe 8 "Awards Season" RARE DEADSTOCK gold basketball sneakers
$159.95

new adidas the Kobe I 1 PLAYOFF OG kb8 GRAPHITE crazy shoes US sz 7.0
$176.29

ADIDAS CRAZY 1 “VIVID BERRY” Kobe Bryant Men's Size 12
$65.00

Adidas Men's Crazy 8 SIZE 10.5 US "PINK" KOBE
$70.00

Adidas KB8 Crazy Kobe Original Black 1998 size 12 087846 - 07 98 bryant 8
$60.00

Adidas Crazy 97 "Kobe Bryant" G98310 Black Pink Green Men's Size 10.5
$44.00

Adidas Crazy 1 Damian Lillard Rose Florist City PE Poppy White Red Kobe 8 C76101
$120.00

Adidas Crazy 1 Damian Lillard Rose Florist City PE Poppy White Red Kobe 8 C76101
$120.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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