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.
Thereby Nike presents a sneaker in no way inferior to its eponym, the already mentioned, irreplaceable Kobe Bryant. The man, the myth, the legend. Sadly, there won't ever be another Kobe. Some even hoped for Kobe to show up in Rio for a last time. But judging on his season, we all know that he didn't do enough to secure himself a place – other than that, a lot of upcoming stars still have a lot to experience. Nevertheless, this sort of international sport event still is a part of the Mamba's legacy. So why not release a on-court signature in a classical USA colorway? After all, everyone appreciates the KOBE XI ELITE LOW USA! With the combination of white, red and blue a superb exterior already is inevitable. And by the way, the Independence Day is just around the corner. A fitting time to introduce the shoe then anyway, right? On the heel, the numbers '08' and '12' are embedded, reminiscing prior international victories. 2008 and 2012 were Kobe's years of triumph. These two gold medals certainly add to his unique legacy. Mamba Out!
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