Nike: 6 best sneakers inspired by Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was one of the great players in the history of the NBA, but after his death, he perhaps reached the category of myth. His winning spirit, the so-called "Mamba Mentality" remained as an example of fighting on the court and off it.

Although he varied in sponsors throughout his career, Nike was present in the last years as a player. After his retirement, he also served as an ambassador for the company, although he planned to promote his own brand.

We are going to review the 6 best sneakers inspired by Kobe Bryant. Which is the best for you?

All images are courtesy of Foot Wear News.

Nike Kobe 1 Protro

These shoes were launched by Nike and Kobe Bryant in 2018. The Protro line was basically classic Kobe footwear but with modern technology, with a medium-cut that was combined with a “zoom ball” in the midsole. With the predominant color white and secondary purple Kobe scored 81 points in 2006 against the Raptors.

Nike Mamba Fury

It is the most recent model that was launched after the death of Kobe Bryant. Low cut, it featured snakeskin-like elements on the soles. The predominant color is black and the secondary color is red.

Nike Kobe 6 Grinch

These low-cut shoes were released on December 25, 2010, for the Christmas party. Its predominant green color paid tribute to the famous character Grinch, the monster who did not like the holidays. He also played with the colors yellow and black.

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360

Released after Kobe Bryant's retirement, this low-cut athletic shoe featured the Los Angeles Lakers' colors of yellow (gold) and purple, while the swoosh was white.

Nike Kobe AD NXT FF

Another shoe that debuted after the Lakers' star's retirement featured the FastFit system in the midfoot. His midnight was made of plush React foam. The main color was black, without laces, but adjustable to the foot with two ribbons.

Nike Kobe 4 Protro Draft Day

They honor the Charlotte Hornets, the team that had selected Kobe Bryant in the 1996 Draft before passing him to the Los Angeles Lakers. They have the colors of the Hornets, predominantly white and purple, in addition to light blue.

The Kobe Bryant story

Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia in 1978, and died in Calabasas, California, in 2020, the victim of a helicopter accident in which his daughter Gigi also lost her life, in addition to seven other people.

He played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, from 1996 to 2016, winning three NBA championships between 2000 and 2002, and two more in 2009 and 2010 - that was five in total. He also reached the NBA Finals MVP twice and once in the regular season (2008).

He remains the fourth leading scorer of all time with 33,643 points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and LeBron James. In fact, LeBron got over it just before his death.

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