Like many things in life, the type of sneakers a basketball player wears often comes down to personal preference. That’s not to say, though, that influence from pro ballers, particularly ones with signature shoe lines, doesn’t play a role. There’s a good chance that you, like the rest of us, are probably guilty of buying a new pair of sneakers—whether it’s the LeBrons, the KDs, or the Kobes—solely because of the hype associated with them, rather than how well they actually perform. Fortunately, when it comes to performance sneakers, these days it all goes hand-in-hand. Think about it—these players have signature shoes because they’re the best at what they do. And because they’re the best at what they do, they need sneakers that can keep up with them. So if they’re good enough for the pros, they’re good enough for the rest of us mere mortals too, right? Well, we’d like to think so.
Kobe Bryant’s signature shoe line with Nike has been one of the premier shoes in basketball over the past decade or so, but the series has taken somewhat of a backseat in the LeBron James and Kevin Durant era. And it makes sense—Kobe, who’s been rocking steady in the league for nearly 20 years is practically on his farewell tour, whether he’s ready to admit it or not. Meanwhile, LeBron and KD are in their prime, so it’s only natural for aspiring ballers to cozy up to their namesake sneakers. Though, what some folks don’t seem to realize is that when it comes to performance, the Kobe reigns supreme. If you’re the proud owner of the Kobe 9s, then you already know what we’re referring to.
This Friday, a new blue and gold-based colorway of the Kobe 9 EM will be dropping at Champs Sports and only a fool would think to pass these up. For the rest of you, peep the following 5 Reasons Why Kobe Bryant Has the Greatest Performance Sneaker.
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