When one ends, a new era is beginning. The NIKE KOBE XI is the last on-court signature shoe from Kobe Bryant. It has been a long ride – hard to believe that it finally has come to an end. Los Angeles sadly hasn't been able to match the Mamba's ambition in his last season. Not even Kobe's greatness was able to save the sinking ship – rather the captain himself sank along with it. But still, the Black Mamba leaves the league saluting, adding a rare smile to his mixed emotions. The game will miss Kobe, Kobe will miss the game, that's certain. Almost as certain as Kobe going down as one of the best players to ever play the game of basketball. Does he bid farewell releasing the best basketball shoe ever? No, because that would not fit his desire and will of steadily improvement. But let's look on the bright side. Has anyone ever scored 60, I repeat, sixty points in his last game? It's up for discussion if somebody will ever beat that.
To describe the KOBE XI in a nutshell only a few words are needed: pure simplicity combined with a clean and modern design. The upper receives an upgraded Flyknit version which is accompanied by TPU to strengthen sophisticated areas and make sure a stable hold is ensured. Furthermore, a lightweight breathability has been achieved. Through a direct connection between sole and upper, an unique and deep standing leads to the literal witnessing of the drop-in Lunalon foam, almost overshadowing the Nike Zoom Air in heel. Thanks to the low-top design accompanied by a translucent rubber outsole a multidirectional range of motion and traction are provided.
It's definitely sad to see Kobe go. He gave basketball fans unforgetable moments. At least memories are able to soften the pain. Especially good ones. That's why Nike loves to look back at the Dark Knight colorway – and if possible, make use of it once again. All black everything. And a little bit of grey. But still keeping it moderate. The concept is simple, flaws nonexistent. Instead of Flyknit, Engeeneered mesh makes an appearence and provides the KOBE XI 'DARK KNIGHT' with a special texturisation. Colorway and upper strongly recall his alter ego, the Black Mamba. There would and could be no better way to say goodbye. Mamba out!
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