As if you didn’t know already, August 24 is the globally observed day on which we celebrate, and give thanks to, one of the greatest basketball players of all time — Kobe Bryant. No doubt you’ve got plans in place for the holiday, but hopefully, you’ll be able to find time outside the family get-togethers and number 8 and 24 worship to show some extra respect to another of Kobe’s talents — his choice of sneakers. Below, we pay homage to Kobe Bryant, and explore some of the highlight sneakers the LA Lakers legend donned while in the number 8 jersey, all of which are shoppable at GOAT.
Bryant first signed a deal with adidas during his debut NBA season of 1996/97 and donned Three Stripes kicks from his second year in the league up until 2002, when he parted ways with the brand. At the end of the 2002/03 season, Kobe went on to put pen to paper with Nike, and on Christmas Day 2005, debuted his first-ever signature sneaker with the Swoosh.
Celebrate Kobe day and shop these career-spanning sneakers at GOAT.
adidas Crazy 8 “1998 All Star Game”
Originally named the KB8, the Crazy 8 was Kobe’s first signature shoe with adidas. He rocked this on several occasions throughout the 1997/98 season. Only his second term in the NBA, Kobe averaged double digits in points, a level he would maintain for the 18 seasons straight.
adidas Crazy 1 Kobe Sample
Hearing “Kobe 1” might lead most people’s thoughts to Nike, but before Kobe’s long stint with the Swoosh, “The Kobe” signature sneaker was very much an adidas shoe. Debuted in 2000 and rocked on-court during play-offs, its futuristic appearance was inspired by the Audi TT.
Air Jordan 3 Retro “True Blue”
The 2003 All Star Game might be remembered for Michael Jordan’s last All Star appearance, but in that very game, Kobe Bryant immortalized the “True Blue” colorway of the iconic Jordan 3. He did so while putting on a solid 22-point performance.
Air Zoom Huarache 2K5 Laser KB “LA Map”
After flexing the 2k4 on multiple occasions in 2004, 2005 was the year that Kobe debuted the 2k5 that also became the first shoe to carry his iconic Sheath logo, an emblem that has been used on his signature pieces since. This sneaker is also adorned with a map section of the LA Lakers’ hometown.
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “81 Points”
As its nickname suggests, this was the shoe that Kobe wore while racking up his historic 81-point performance against Toronto Raptors back in January 2006. It was a performance that put him second in the list of all-time single-game scorers, right behind legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points against Knicks in 1962.
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