Kobe Bryant is a deep dude. Always has been. I still remember one of Bryant’s earliest sneaker commercial campaigns with adidas where the teenager was philosophizing like he was reading a poem, talking about life and goals and what really mattered, all of it backed by Italian architecture. It was in stark contrast to virtually everything else out at that point, such as ads like Allen Iverson teaching you how to do his signature playground crossover to Penny Hardaway talking about pool parties and Tyra Banks with a fast-talking puppet.
Kobe has recently reiterated that once he retires, he wants to just disappear for a while, disappear from the spotlight and perhaps, maybe, never even come back. I don’t believe it, no matter what he says. Seems like everyone else feels the same, too. Everyone believes Bryant could succeed in broadcasting simply because he is articulate, has strong opinions, and above all else, just loves to work hard and be involved.
This weekend at Champs Sports, we’ll see the release of the Nike Kobe X “Vino,” a shoe that got its green makeover from the grapes that help to make the aforementioned wine. It’s typical Kobe — taking something no one else in the league could make cool and making it work on a sneaker. But this is far from the first time we’ve seen this. Bryant’s used just about everything possible to inspire his shoes.
With the “Vino” releasing this weekend, we thought it was a perfect time to showcase what makes Bryant’s sneakers so special. This is a History of Kobe Bryant’s Most Important Sneaker Inspirations.
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