Model: Kobe A.D. “Derozan PE”
Key Features: Mesh construction with suede and synthetic accents, city of Compton graphic featured on the sockliner
Release Date: Wednesday, April 12
Price: $160 USD
Editor’s Notes: Toronto Raptors’ star shooting guard, DeMar DeRozan is undoubtedly a huge Kobe Bryant fan, and this variation of his post retirement sneaker is essentially a player exclusive that’s inspired by DeRozan’s memory of watching the Black Mamba play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs — which taught him how to deal with adversity and maintain resilience on the court.
Specifically May 12, 1997, renowned as Bryant’s “airball game” — the date is featured on the shoe’s lace tips, while a picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton, California graces the sockliner. Finishing touches include the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs rendered in the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent.
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