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. But what would be more fitting right now than looking back at where it all started? Therefore the latest signature shoe is called KOBE XI DRAFT DAY! Shining in new splendor and a Charlotte Hornets colorway, who drafted him back then – trading him for Vlade Divac the next morning. Didn't turn out exactly the way they imagined it to, right? But Kobe and LA weren't complaining: Paving the way for the Lakers' success in the upcoming 20 years seems quite good in exchange for the big Serbian. After all the Hornets did pick him in the 1996 NBA-Draft, so releasing a shoe in honor of the franchise is the right thing to do. Outwards the shoe is a gem, because 'Kobe knows'! Never failing to satisfy claims, the future Hall of Famer definitely knows how to impress. A white upper with purple and blue Hornets-inspired accents add clarity in which direction this version is going. Last but not least, a '6.26.96' stitching on the heel area can be found. The exact day he was drafted by them. 20 years have passed since then. Mamba Out!
KOBE XI: Innovation Mastered