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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 ...
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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!

  • Brand: Nike
  • Product name: Kobe XI Elite Low „USA“
  • Material: Synthetic/Textile
  • Color: White/Court Purple/Blue Lagoon
  • Improved Flyknit upper accompanied by TPU
  • Flex grooves in forefoot of Lunarlon foam for multidirectional agility
  • Full-length drop-in Lunarlon foam delivers soft shock absorption
  • Nike Zoom Air in the heel maximizes cushioning and responsiveness
  • Mesh tongue for breathability
  • Mesh inner sleeve for stability and sock-like comfort
  • Big Black Mamba emblem on tongue
  • Embedded '08' and '12' on heel reminiscing prior international victories
  • Translucent rubber outsole with micro-tread pattern for multi-surface, multidirectional traction

KOBE XI: Innovation Mastered

KOBE XI: Kobe Bryant's Lab of Innovation

Brand information: nike

When it comes to basketball, there is no way around Nike – the brand with the Swoosh belongs to the game like dunks, three-pointers and cross-overs. Whether in the NBA, European leagues or your neighborhood streetball court – the world’s largest manufacturer of sports equipment is a staple in all things basketball since the 1980s.
The Nike „Blazer“, released in 1973, was the company’s first sneaker designed specifically for basketball. While the shoe was very functional for its time and was worn by NBA scoring machine George „Iceman“ Gervin, Nike still was not able to step out of other sports companies’ shadows. Following models of the early 80s, like the now legendary „Air Force 1“ and „Dunk“ also did not manage the success the company had hoped for. That all changed when in 1984/85 Michael Jordan decided to conquer the NBA and the shoe game with Nike. While the „Blazer“ was Nike’s way of politely knocking on the door of the basketball-sneaker world, they blew it out of its frame with the success of „His Airness“ and the „Air Jordan 1“.

Nike is the frontrunner in basketball

Ever since then Nike changed the game of basketball. The triumph of the AJ1 was not only the birth of the iconic „Air Jordan“ - dynasty. It also paved the way for a variety of shoe lines like the Flight, Hyperdunk, Air Max and Foamposites. Today about 60 percent of the NBA’s players rock the Swoosh. Among them are some of the biggest names of the game: From Sir Charles Barkley in the 90s, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant in the 2000s, to Lebron James and Kevin Durant today – the superstars of the NBA achieve mindblowing feats wearing their signature Nike sneakers.
Nike not only specializes in shoes though. These days ballers can dress up in perfomance sportswear bearing the Swoosh from t-shirts to hoodies, sweat pants, shorts, sweat bands and socks. Wearing Nike you can be sure that while playing your next game not only will you be outfitted in highly functional and valuable gear – you will also look pretty damn good wetting jumpers from all over the court.

Nike & Kickz since 93 … til infinity

Its fashionable and technologically flawless sneakers have made Nike the world’s leading basketball-shoe company. KICKZ knows who the king of the sneaker-game is as well: Since launching the company in 1993 we provide you with the best selection of Nike sneakers to this day. As one of only a few online-stores in Europe we supply sneakerheads with limited edition signature sneakers of superstars like Kobe, Lebron and Kevin Durant. So if you are looking for your exclusive Nike sneaker, look no further than the place basketball calls home: KICKZ.