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, especially the ones of Los Angeles. His already mentioned last game went perfect. And that is how he should always be remembered, his legacy is one of a kind. Just imagine him walking towards the setting sun in the city of angels, enjoying every second while reminiscing about his spectacular career. And that is why this KOBE XI is known as the 'SUNSET' one. The shoe's upper is adorned by the beautiful, vivid colors of a sunset. Starting with the colors of the sun and ending at the heel with the unmistakeable night sky. Reflective 3M accents put the icing on the cake. As a wise man once said: 'Experiences are like stars; you see them first towards the sunset'. Mamba out!
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