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.


2015-16: Nike Kobe XI

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With the X already a staple around the League, the XI is the perfect shoe for Kobe’s farewell season. Elegant but strong, simple but innovative, street but sophisticated, Avar but so, so Kobe. Billed as the perfection of Nike Flyknit in a basketball shoe, it will be his final on-court sneaker. Where does the Kobe signature line go from here? We can’t wait to find out. Peace, Kobe.