Kobe Bryant has done some amazing things in his career. He’s scored over 32,000 points, won Finals MVPs, rings, the adulation of every single basketball fan of this generation. Bryant’s been worldwide famous for close to 20 years now and he’s so respected by everyone around the game that he’s know as the last of an extinct breed. Very few athletes reach this level.
But the Mamba’s legacy won’t just be about what he did on the court. With the Nike Kobe X “5 A.M.” colorway set to release this Saturday at Champs Sports, it’ll have to include his sneakers, too. Why? Because this is the 10th signature sneaker in this line, a rare milestone for anyone.
Bryant came to Nike after leaving adidas early in his career, already with a little experience in what goes into creating a signature silhouette. And since then he’s been a part of some of the most incredible technological and design advances we’ve ever seen in the basketball footwear industry. Bryant made low-cut sneakers possible. He helped launch the Hyperdunk design. He showed the first all-woven performance upper was possible. And all along, Nike designer Eric Avar was there for the ride.
The Mamba might be out for the year with yet another surgery — his third straight season ending like this — but there’s no question this weekend’s colorway is a must-cop for long-time collectors. Make sure you do your homework, though, and know what you’re getting into. Here are 10 Things You Need to Know About the Kobe X.
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