As a signature athlete of Nike, Kobe Bryant is arguably the most recognizable basketball player in the world. His colorways have extended globally to Asia and Europe. With many region exclusive shoes, the chase to grab the best colorways began.
All in one, we’ve compiled the 100 best Kobe Bryant sneakers and colorways to ever be released and hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane.
100. adidas Crazy 1 Sunshine
Two words: the sun. The adidas Sunshine was created with two things in mind: TO POP and TO STAND OUT!
99. Nike Kobe 6 Camouflage
If the U.S. Army allowed their members to choose their kicks, we would guarantee these would be on the feet of those who serve our wonderful and glorious country.
98. Nike Kobe 2 Strength Orca
The Kobe 2 Strength featured a stunning patent leather toe box. The shoes are rarely seen today since the model has always been completely underrated.
Silver laser print on a white shoe. Although they may be hard to spot, the wild design caught the attention of sneaker fans.
96. Nike Kobe 7 Wolf
A colorway that only released with the Kobe 7. This special colorway may seem basic but the orange Swoosh and Kobe logo makes this a sleeper.
95. Nike Hyperdunk Lakers
Before Kobe jumped over a speeding Aston Martin, he showed off these Hyperdunks. That alone is good enough to crack this list.
94. adidas The KOBE White/Black
Many will say these look like the Michelin Man or Stay Puft the Marshmallow Man, but The KOBE in this colorway is too clean for a true fan to pass up.
These Kobe 9 EXTs quickly drew Nike Yeezy 2 “Red October” comparisons. With it’s high top model and red leather, these are certain to break necks.
92. Nike Kobe 7 Cheetah
Different animal, same beast. The Kobe 7 debuted the Kobe System which to allowed users to swap out insoles for their preferred type of attack. This Cheetah colorway is a bit calmer than the Christmas Cheetah.
91. Nike Kobe 2 Black/Varsity Maize
Although they have the classic black and yellow, they aren’t part of the Del Sol colorway. The Varsity Maize was the original counterpart to the color black. Like the inscription on the strap, “Carpe Diem”; it was time to seize the day.
90. Nike Kobe 4 Black/Red
Michael Jordan was lucky to don the Chicago Bulls colorway for most of his career. Shoes can never go wrong in the black, red, and white.
89. adidas The KOBE Charcoal
Creativity at it’s finest. The Audi TT served as an inspiration and there are only few shoes that can touch this type of look.
88. Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K5 Los Angeles Map
These 2K5s feature the Lakers home colorway primarily matching the Sunday Whites. The laser engraved map of Los Angeles is the most unique trait.
The Poison Dart Frogs mimic the skin color of the reptile. Out of the three PDF colorways, these were definitely the best.
86. Nike Kobe 7 Lower Merion Aces
85. Nike Kobe 4 Draft Day
With the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select Kobe Bryant from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. Too bad that was Kobe’s entire stint with the Hornets franchise as they traded him to the Lakers. The heel has 6.11.96 date embroidered.
84. Nike Kobe 7 Shark
The 2K4 Laser print makes another appearance on our list. This time in a much more eye catching fashion. The gold laser graces the entire upper of the black and white shoe.
82. Nike Hyperdunk Mamba PE
These special Hyperdunks came with a special look. The Mamba mentality came alive with the snakeskin on the toe. Kobe’s Olympic number 10 was embroidered on the front of the inner toe to complete the kicks.
81. Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low University Red
The Kobe 9 Elites low came in a few colorways. Fortunately each colorway was solid. The University Red uppers came with stylish mint splatter accents all over.
80. Nike Kobe 6 Glass Blue
The blend of bright, contrasting, and vibrant colors made Kobe fans go wild. The translucent and sparkly sole sets this colorway apart.
79. Nike Kobe 4 MPLS
The Minneapolis Lakers were made famous by George Mikan in the late 40s but Kobe is a huge reason why the colorways aren’t forgotten today.
78. Nike Kobe 4 Inline
This general release is one of those solid but underrated colors. You may have skipped on these at the release but seeing them on someone’s feet brings regret.
76. Nike Kobe 9 Elite Christmas
Although Kobe sat out and didn’t get to don these on court, Wesley Johnson did it for the fans. The midsole exemplify the staple of Christmas, candy canes.
75. Nike Kobe 6 Hollywood 3D
74. Nike Kobe 7 Christmas Cheetah
The previous Christmas model (Grinches) set high standards for Christmas releases. The Christmas Cheetah did not disappoint those who love wild and spontaneous colors.
Kobe’s motto was “Carpe Diem”. He lived by the saying and captured his first championship without Shaq in the 4s.
72. adidas Kobe EQT Elevation Purple/Black/White
Do these look familiar? If you can’t pinpoint where you’ve seen them, Google “Kobe Bryant slam dunk contest”. Before the Afro, Kobe dazzled and took home some hardware in these purple EQT Elevations.
71. Nike Huarache 2K4 White/Purple Laser
This time, the purple laser print grazes a white leather upper. The 2K4s were highly regarded as a great basketball shoe.
70. Nike Kobe 4 MLK
On MLK day, the players bring their best kicks to the table. This subtle Lakers colorway is a heater.
69. Nike Kobe 5 Miles Davis
The best type of Jazz is when you can hear the emotions and blues from the artist. No-one did it better than Miles Davis in this dominantly blue model.
68. Nike Kobe 8 Purple Gradient
Many call these the second coming of the Kobe 5 Inks. Many of Kobe’s teammates wore these in the NBA Playoffs as they had to play without the superstar after he went down with the ruptured Achilles.
The Kobe 8 received another Christmas colorway. Without the Mamba around to play,Nike didn’t release the newest Kobe model during Christmas as they usually do. This edition got to see a unique translucent scaly outer layer.
66. adidas The KOBE Two USA Flag
Besides boots, there’s not a shoe that can show this much of the American flag. The KOBE Two had so much space, they made an amazing tribute to those hurt in the tragic event.
65. Nike Kobe 5 Del Sol
So many fans wished the Lakers would add a black jersey or colorway to the iconic purple and gold. Recently the fans received the Hollywood Nights. If the popularity of this colorway was any indicator, we knew those jerseys would be popular.
64. Nike Kobe 6 Lower Merion Aces
Usually the Lower Merion Aces colorway comes with more maroon but on the 6s, they are used as subtle accents. The maroon is only found on the Kobe logo, Swoosh, and Aces logo on the heel.
62. Nike Kobe 9 EM China
The Chinese culture loves the color red; throw in gold and pandemonium happens. The Chinas are finished off with a festive decorative tongue.
61. Nike Kobe 6 Kay Yow
The iconic ribbon and eye-popping pink is the signature for breast cancer awareness.Why not spread love and attention in a positive manner?
60. Nike Kobe 7 Gold Medal
The 2012 Olympic Games concluded with another U.S. gold medal. They had finally put the disappointment and downfall behind them as they redeemed themselves and rose to the top.
59. Nike Kobe 1 All-Star
Back when the All-Star game was fun and filled with excitement, Kobe got to team up with the home-town hosts: Yao Ming and T-Mac.
58. Nike Kobe 6 Lightbulb
The Lightbulbs featured a reverse Del Sol look. With the majority of the shoe in yellow, they are complimented with subtle black and white accents.
The Supernatural came with a strange and unique feel. The colors bonded well in a calm but funky way.
56. Nike Kobe 9 Detail
Precision and attention to detail is what makes the Mamba different than the rest. His endless drive to perfect his craft cannot be spoken about highly enough.
55. Nike Kobe 8 Superhero
With the way these athletic freaks play the game, it’s hard not to call them real life superheroes. Durant and LeBron also received their pairs in this awesome Elite set.
54. Nike Kobe 5 Prelude
Andy Warhol would be impressed with Kobe’s creativity. The Pop Art gives the shoe an abstract mix of colors to “POP”.
These are one of the four pairs released for the 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. The red uppers were created to match the Western Conference jerseys.
52. Nike Kobe 8 Duke
Kobe skipped higher education to pursue a life in the NBA. On record, he claims he would have chose the University of North Carolina but we all know with Coach K around, Duke wasn’t out of the conversation.
51. Nike Kobe 5 Chaos
Kobe must’ve loved the Dark Knight trilogy. The Joker’s mindset was to create havoc and chaos in Gotham. The red splattered midsole is a nice additional touch.
50. Nike Kobe 1 81 Points
49. Nike Kobe 5 / Hyperdunk Aston Martin Pack
Kobe’s taste changed from Audi to Aston Martin. The gunmetal grey and burgandy is reminiscent of the Aston Martin DB9 Kobe jumped over. This Aston Martin pack was limited to 500 and the Hyperdunk model featured the Aston Martin logo on the tongue.
48. Nike Kobe 8 Easter
46. adidas KB8 Kobe All-Star
These will forever be known as the shoes Kobe donned in his first All-Star game as he squared off with Mike.
45. Nike Kobe 4 Motherlover
The Motherlover is one of the rarest colorways out. In 2009, a Nike Basketball crew used the SNL skit as inspiration and created an eye popping teal colorway.
44. Nike Kobe 6 Chaos
Inspired by the Joker, the Kobe 6 brought back the Chaos concept. The heel features a red splatter which can be said to resemble the blood and havoc caused by the villain.
42. Nike Kobe 4 Finals Home & Away
Both colorways commemorated t he 2009 season with Kobe’s stats splattered on the ankle and toe box. Following his 4th NBA Championship (first without Shaq), another version of the black Away colorway released with the MVP designs on the tongue.
41. Nike Kobe 9 Bruce Lee
The wildly popular Bruce Lee colorway returned onto the Kobe 9 EM. Originally the colorway was based off Lee’s iconic Game of Death jumpsuit.
40. Nike Kobe 5 Concord/Inline
39. Nike Kobe 3 Prelude
Also nicknamed “Misery”, the Lakers fell in the finals to their rivals, the Boston Celtics. The dark inspirations can be seen in each of the fresco brush strokes throughout the black upper of the Kobe III.
38. Nike Kobe 6 Westchester
Westchester High School was blessed to receive their exclusive version of the Kobe 6. Featuring a red and black gradient transition, the Westchesters easily resemble the annual All-Star jerseys.
Harry Potter’s magical invisibility cloak gave the Nike designers ideas. The Kobes featured a purple and blue transition to give a magical look.
36. Nike Kobe 5 Lower Merion Aces
Kobe’s Alma Mater got another team colorway. The mix of maroon and silver gives the shoe a clean finish.
35. Nike Kobe 3 MVP
34. Nike Kobe 9 HTM Gray
In all honesty, every HTM colorway is absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately, the light grey with white colorway couldn’t top the others.
The Kobe 7 Prelude came in the black with an eye catching gold accent. The gold heel cap represents the Gold Medal captured in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
32. Nike Kobe 5 Bruce Lee
One of Kobe’s main influences is the martial artist, Bruce Lee. Lee fought Kareem Abdual Jabbar in “Game of Death”. Fun Fact: Chuck Norris made a cameo appearance too.
31. Nike Kobe Hyperdunk Marty McFly
Great Scott! These Hyperdunks are eye-catching. Based on Marty McFly’s Air Mags, the Hyperdunk version is incredibly clean.
30. Nike Kobe 9 Maestro
29. Nike Kobe 4 Gold Medal
The Gold Medals feature Kobe’s Olympic Team USA number 10 on the heel while the insoles have a gold medal sign. With gold touches all around, it’s a refreshing change to the classic red, white, and blue.
28. Nike Kobe 8 BHM
The black and grey upper features an African pattern in honor of Black History Month. Contrasted with orange, the shoes make a clean colorway for the popular Kobe 8s.
With a special 24 logo embedded on the side of the heel, the China Edition PEs also featured a clear sole.
26. Nike Kobe 4 Prelude
The Prelude 4s commemorate Kobe’s Finals MVP award. The paint splattered continued the artistic feel of the Prelude Pack.
25. Nike Kobe 8 Red Suede
24. Nike Kobe 1 MPLS
22. Nike Kobe 9 Elite NRG Volt
New York City got lucky as the first two Kobe 9 Elites released surprisingly at 21 Mercer and Dover Street Market. The Volts give the classic black and white a shock of personality.
21. Nike Kobe 8 All Star
The Galaxy Pack was phenomenal and the following All-Star design was just as impressive. The Kobe 8 Area 72 “Extraterrestrial” featured a wild design mimicking a planet’s surface.
20. Nike Kobe 6 Prelude
The Kobe 6 Preludes were inspired by the Southern California lifestyle. Sealife blended with stars came together in typcial Van Gogh fashion.
19. Nike Kobe 4 Pop
In this sleek colorway, the Kobe 4s got a refreshing and unique crest on the tongue. The support and love his family fuels the Mamba’s drive to greatness.
18. Nike Kobe 5 All-Star
Kobe Bryant was at the peak of his game and the fans knew it. Becoming the leading vote getter, he was unfortunately forced to sit out with an injury during the All-Star Game in Dallas in front of 108,000+ fans
The Dark Knight would not be complete without the big bad villain. The Joker did just that and left a lasting impression.
16. Nike Kobe 3 Lower Merion Aces
Quite possibly the best Lower Merion colorway. The Kobe 3s look great in the simple maroon and grey.
15. Nike Kobe 5 United We Rise
United We Rise gave an extra graphic to a traditional USA colorway. These were released in time for the 2010 FIBA games.
14. Nike Kobe 1 Prelude
The Kobe 1 Preludes commemorated his amazing 81 point feat. Fun fact: He made his return against the Toronto Raptors in these after his Achilles’s injury.
Kobe usually pays homage to the Chinese Zodiac. In 2012, the Year of the Dragon presented an opportunity to make a great shoe and Nike prevailed.
12. Nike Kobe 9 Masterpiece
The Kobe 9 Masterpiece become the first model released. The shoes lived up to the nickname as it they acted as a canvas for the art of basketball.
11. Nike Kobe 2 Prelude
The Kobe Prelude 2 is inspired by marble from the European Renaissance. In the season that Kobe wore the 2s, he scored 50+ points in four consecutive games on his route to a scoring title.
10. Nike Kobe 5 Dark Knight
The shoes are created only for Rice High School’s basketball team. These colorways will make you wish you played for Rice High.
In order to start a fire, you first need a spark. These definitely provided fuel to the Kobe 8 hype.
Kobe has been known to have futbol roots since he grew up in Italy. The “Mangos” feature FC Barcelona’s away unis from the 2009/10 season while the other half of the set featured the iconic home kit.
Kobe Bryant hits two free throws to pass M.J. at the Target Center in Minnesota. The Mamba Moments were available to those quick enough to customize and order theirs off Nike iD.
Kobe would finally defeat his demons and beat the franchise’s top rival, the Boston Celtics. He donned both colorways during the 2010 NBA Finals that went the distance and eventually captured his 5th NBA championship.
The Grinches are probably the best Christmas inspired shoe ever. The eye-popping upper strongly resembles Dr. Seuss’ character. Upon release, these were an instant classic.
FlyKnit revolutionized basketball kicks for the better. The Kobe 9 became the first shoe to feature the material and who wouldn’t want this multicolor FlyKnit upper.
Both sneakers are completely different. The left shoe comes in a cool blue hue while the right shoe is a fiery furnace ready to be unleashed.
The number one spot belongs to the final pair from the set of four. The HTMs set the internet on fire. This pair features a beautiful gum sole with a white multi-color FlyKnit upper.