The concept of a signature sneaker has been around for awhile, and even though Michael Jordan may have been the first to interject things like his favorite cars, watches and things that inspired him into the design process, Kobe Bryant’s legacy in the footwear world will probably end up being his unmatched attention to detail when it comes to things centered around performance.
“Kobe is one of the most intelligent, articulate and creative, not just athletes, but individuals that I’ve met,” beams his Nike designer Eric Avar. “It’s fun, and it’s an honor to work with him, and I think it reflects that in the product.” Kobe wanted a low-top, so he got a low-top. He wanted more lateral support and “faster response time” on his slashing cuts to the key, so Nike made a more protruding outrigger to keep him locked in. He’s had specific requests to help maximize his game (and help him one day match MJ’s 6 rings) and he’s looked to innovate throughout the years as much as anyone else.
Through the years, Kobe’s imprint and insistence on creating some of the best playing shoes has resulted in one of the most impressive performing signature lines that the industry has even seen. That begs the question — which ones are the very best? We’ve ranked every single Kobe Bryant signature shoe, dating back to his fleet of four models with adidas Basketball, and his batch of nine Nikes, from worst to best. Let us know which pairs you most enjoyed playing in, which ones fell short of the mark, and if you agree with our ranking in the comments section below.