Hearing Kobe Bryant is retiring this summer was like a punch to the stomach for an entire generation of basketball fans. It didn’t seem real. Didn’t feel right. How can you watch the Lakers now without feeling some type of way? It’s not even about Bryant shooting worse than ever. It’s about celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime career from a man who defined basketball for the past 20 years in the NBA.
The Bean’s legacy on the floor is nearly unmatched, but as it fades away we’ll at least have his sneakers. (The Kobe 11 has suddenly become an EXTREMELY interesting sneaker.) And this year, the Nike Kobe X proved Bryant still has staying power among younger sneakerheads.
Available now at Champs Sports is the latest Kobe X colorway called “Majors,” a low-top that features black accents and white branding stranded across an expanse of bright crimson and L.A.-inspired graphics.
Bryant’s signature line with Nike, particular this latest shoe, draws inspiration from all sorts of interesting things in Bryant’s life. His focus. Great White Sharks. Michael Jackson. Black Mambas. Add in some incredible performance tech–visible 180-degree Nike Zoom unit, Lunarlon foam, transparent textile upper, and an ultra-grippy outsole–and you have a sneaker that deserves the praise it gets.
Kobe Bryant might’ve finally announced his retirement, but his sneaker game is still going strong this year. The latest Nike Kobe X proves that. As we wait for the release of the Kobe 11, make sure you cop one more Mamba X colorway to keep you going.