Kicksology: Kobe Bryant

The history of Kobe's kicks, from the pages of SLAM Presents KOBE.
by April 27, 2016

MVP. Champion. Hall of Famer. Sneaker icon. Kobe Bryant retires as one of the most influential forces in the history of basketball sneakers. To celebrate, we picked out the most important pairs of kicks he laced up in each of his 20 NBA seasons.

Scroll through the photos above to see Kobe’s Kicksology—limited to the sneakers he actually wore on-court during the NBA season. It’s just another small taste of what you’ll find in our brand new special collector’s issue—SLAM Presents KOBE—which hits newsstands on Friday, April 29.


1996-97: adidas EQT Elevation

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adidas threw big money at Kobe before he ever played an NBA game, even before he grew out his hair, and it paid off instantly. He became the youngest player to ever win the Dunk Contest with a pair of purple PEs on his feet.