In late November of 2015, Kobe Bryant surprised the basketball world by announcing his impending retirement through a first-person story titled “Dear Basketball.” It changed everything. For his sneakers, in particular, it immediately made the release of the Nike Kobe 11 an iconic moment. This will be the last shoe the Black Mamba ever wears in the NBA. It’ll be the capper on an underrated sneaker legacy which includes two sig lines with two different brands, one of the greatest sneaker free agencies in league history, and hundreds of memorable moments. Just like the legend who wears them, Bryant’s sneakers won’t soon be forgotten–especially if Nike continues to release them.
For Episode 13 of The Drop Video Series, guest host Jacques Slade (the guy who recently unveiled some of the hottest sneaker releases of 2015) took to Champs Sports in Los Angeles to uncover what has not only made Kobe such a great sneaker pillar, but also what stands out about the Kobe 11.
The idea of Bryant’s sneaker as a sort of testing ground for innovation among basketball technology isn’t some sort of new thing. Bryant and Nike Innovation Director Eric Avar have been pushing the boundaries for years and that won’t stop with the “Achilles Heel” Kobe 11 colorway. (Available now at Champs Sports.) Most importantly, this sneaker updated and improved its use of Flyknit throughout the upper.
With Kobe Bryant confirming his retirement after this season, the Nike Kobe 11 is taking on an even greater significance. Check out Episode 13 of The Drop and keep it locked here to see why.