For half of his life, Kobe Bryant has been at the center of the basketball world. Whether injured or healthy, playing well or going through a rut, Kobe’s name is constantly brought up amongst front office execs, talking heads, and fans alike. While dominating on the hardwood, Kobe has also had a sneaker history so distinguished that Nike keeps adding shoes to his signature line despite Kobe being in the twilight of his career.
After heading adidas’ “Feet You Wear” campaign early in his career, Kobe left the Three Stripes for Nike where he teamed up with Eric Avar to design and wear some of the most innovative and forward-thinking sneakers (remember back when people didn’t think it was possible to ball in low-tops?) ever produced. Popular on every level, the Kobe line established itself as the premier performance basketball shoe on the market. In the process, Kobe became a marketing machine and an icon across the globe.
On Friday at Champs Sports, Nike will add another sneaker to the Kobe legacy with a new colorway of the Kobe 9 EM, done up in a gym blue upper with varsity gold accenting on the Swoosh, the inner lining, and the outsole. As Kobe’s career somewhat winds down — dude is still leading the NBA in scoring this season — there’s only so many new Kobe sneakers that will release before Nike begins the retro phase — they experimented with that with the Prelude Pack…and that was beyond amazing — so be sure to get your hands on these while you can.
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