Updated: May 23, 2019
What’s good with my Sneakerhead fam? I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and your families. Have you been on top of your shoe game lately? What’s your latest pickup? Mine was a pair of timbs, it’s colder than a polar bears ba…..never mind.
So it has been brought to my attention that the 2nd greatest shooting guard to ever lace them up is leaving the game after this season. Wow, can’t believe Kobe Bryant’s career will be over after this year, A career that has included five NBA titles, one MVP award, an endless list of All-NBA teams, Olympic gold, and plenty more. A soon to be Hall of Famer as well……..so I started to wonder, how much hype will surround his shoes after his shocking announcement??
Kobe Bryant is not only a household name among athletes and fans, but also Sneakerheads. Kobe has had one of the top 10 bestselling shoes over the last few years, possibly top 5. So one can only imagine what will happen once Kobe is gone from the game. Will that make the shoes more iconic and give them a deeper meaning? Make them more valuable? But to who is the real question. I’m sure amongst Laker/Kobe fans the prices may jump and they will stock pile Kobe kicks. But, outside of his fan base that happens to be Sneakerheads who else will really be concerned with his kicks?
Before I go any further, let’s check out the evolution of Kobe’s shoe over the years:
In order from left to right: Adidas Elevation, Adidas KB8, Adidas KB8II, Adidas KB8III, The Kobe, Kobe Two, Kobe Huarache 2k4, Huarache 2k5, Nike Zoom Kobe 1, Zoom Kobe 2, Zoom Kobe 3, Hyperdunk Kobe, Zoom Kobe IV, Kobe V, Kobe VI, Kobe VII, Kobe VIII, Kobe Venomenom IV, Prelude Pack, Kobe 9 Hi/Low and Nike Kobe X.
Nice collection of kicks over the years, most don’t even know he had a shoe deal with Adidas and produced 6 signature shoes before signing with Nike. Arguably the only player comparable to Jordan on the court, will his shoes continue to be a hot item after his retirement like Jordan? Or will his shoe hype die down once he’s no longer on the court.
The funny thing in all of this is…..that since Kobe has started to decline on the court his sales have also declined. Is it because of his mediocre play as of late or the mediocre designs they are coming up with for his shoes? Either way, it’s going to be sad and hard to say goodbye to one of the greatest players to ever step on the court. Not a fan of his attitude, but his game on the court was unbelievable. I am glad to say I was around to witness one of the bests, thank you Kobe Bryant for 20 years of greatness.
Feel free to share your comments/thoughts…….as always cop heavy, keep em fresh and the soles icy. #Salute
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