In basketball, sneaker deals come & go, but anyone will tell you that Kobe Bryant has one of the longest and arguably, best signature lines still being produced. The Crazy 8 receiving the retro treatment from Adidas should remind heads that the Black Mamba hasn’t always been with Nike. In fact, in his early years the then young Kobe was offered a Air Jordan contract. Call almost doubling up on the Cleveland Cavaliers due to supernatural tweet if you want, but we all know its just Kobe Bryant.
Hit the jump to see the Top 10 Kobe Kicks not part of Kobe Bryant’s signature lines.
9. Air Force One Supreme Low Six “Kobe Bryant”
Released in a set of Supreme AF1s bearing the faces other NBA stars, buttery linen and a exposes blue Air sole is seen on these. Supreme Air Force 1s almost always means supreme craftsmanship and these are no exception.
8. Air Jordan VII Kobe Bryant PE
In this list you’ll see quite a few Jordans as they really tried to charm the young star into joining the ranks of Mike Bibby, Ray Allen, and Vin Baker. Notice that these don’t bear the his number 8 on the back but dope none the less.
6. Air Jordan IX Kobe Bryant PE
White upper with yellow accents are featured but the real headturner on this Player Exclusive is the purple patent leather on the back. A pair was also made for Shaq during his time with the Lakers.
5. Nike Air Force 1 Low GS
Perfect Los Angeles Lakers colors blocked this Air Force 1. Before you bother start looking for a pair for yourself chances are you’d have to chop your toes off as these only come in Gradeschool Size (3-7y). Let me know if you fans really bleed purple-and-yellow.
4. Air Jordan III Kobe Bryant PE
Very similar to the True Blue IIIs, these feature a Varsity Purple midsole and stitching around the Varsity Maize Jumpman on the toungue. That same color is seen the front eyelets of the shoe as well.
3. Air Force One Low “Kobe Bryant”
Another pair of Air Forces to add to the long list of exclusive Kobe Bryant Friends & Family editions. To be released later on this year, I hear that these will be easier to get your hands on the denim or 3M/Neon Green pairs. Though history has shown any pair of AF1s bearing Kobe’s Shozoku insignia are gone before even released.
2. Nike Hyperdunk ‘Aston Martian’
After jumping over a pool of snakes, Nike released a Hyperdunk inspired by Kobe’s less dangerous (but equally entertaining) viral video of Kobe jumping over an Aston Martian. Released in a package with the Zoom Kobe V, these flew off the shelves faster then the video hit the mainstream media.