100 Best Kobe Bryant Sneaker Colorways Ever Released

Top 100 Kobe Bryant Sneakers & Colorways Ever Released

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

Adidas The Kobe Sunshine Front Angle

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

Nike Zoom Kobe VI 'Camo' Grey/Concord

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Lower Merion High School will forever have a special place in Kobe’s heart. He regularly pays tribute to his alma mater by releasing in this solid maroon/gray colorway.

85. Nike Kobe 4 Draft Day

kobe-draft-day-33With 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

kobe-vii-great-white-shark-10The Kobe 7 presented the Kobe System. With the system, Kobe’s belief in domination had spread to other sports and athletes. Different animal, same beast.

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

nike-hyperdunk-friendlies-pack-kobe-mamba-1 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

hollywoodinline2 The Kobe 6s were a special case during the All-Star Game. These were 1 of 4 colorways released for the fetivities. The Hollywood 3D featured red and blue like the lens of the classic 3D  glasses.

 

74. Nike Kobe 7 Christmas Cheetah

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

Adidas EQT Elevation Purple

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Nike Zoom Kobe VI 'Think Pink'

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

kobe 81 pointsThe shoes Kobe Bryant put the team on his back and willed them to a victory over the Toronto Raptors. Oh yeah, he didn’t just score, he dominated and poured in 81 points in unforgettable performance.

49. Nike Kobe 5 / Hyperdunk Aston Martin Pack

nike-kobe-aston-martin-pack-preview-3-600x450nike-kobe-aston-martin-pack-new-1Kobe’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

kobe 8 easter In an effort to mimic the traditional Easter egg; the Kobe 8 Easters feature pastel colors usually found on painted eggs. The colorway screams Lakers with a hint of flashiness.

46. adidas KB8 Kobe All-Star

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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

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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

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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

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Zoom Kobe 4 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

Nike Kobe 9 Low Bruce Lee Pair SoleThe 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

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 ConcordThe Kobe 5 came with a colorway that would look great with the Sunday Whites; the Inlines were inspired by the Concords.

39. Nike Kobe 3 Prelude

Nike Zoom Kobe 3 III PreludeAlso 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

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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

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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

Nike Zoom Kobe 3 III Lakers SideKobe’s first MVP came in 2008. On his feet, the Kobe 3s were commemorated  in a Lakers home colorway. With a special MVP design, the Kobes became even more special.

34. Nike Kobe 9 HTM Gray

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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

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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

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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

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Maestro All StarWith the All-Star Game in New Orleans, Nike’s designers came up with the Gumbo League Collection. Jazz music inspired, the soles glow in the dark too.

29. Nike Kobe 4 Gold Medal

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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

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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

28. 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 8 Red SuedeThe Year of the Snake was huge for Nike as Kobe’s moniker is the Black Mamba. They came up with an all suede shoe featuring purple accents and hints of gold to offset the red.

 

24. Nike Kobe 1 MPLS

30. Nike Kobe 1 MPLSThe Kobe 1 paid respect to it’s roots and released the Lakers’ original colorways. The suede upper created a clean and smooth look.

22. Nike Kobe 9 Elite NRG Volt

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Dark KnightKobe’s dark persona can be compared to the Dark Knight. The Black Mamba’ comes out with a professional and sleek look. Cam, dark, and collected; the Dark Knight speaks for itself.

Nike Zoom Kobe V 'Rice' Home

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.

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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.

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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.

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75 Responses

  1. Nick Baker

    The Kobe 8 Elite Black/Gold colorway is my favorite. Underrated, but it’s a colorway that wouldn’t scuff up or dirty too easy. Plus, it’s just sharp and eye-catching without having any loud colors.

  2. Ryan Jordan

    #WinKobe9Beethoven, only a sophomore in high school and I can only afford one basketball some a year so I would die to get these lol

  3. jsallday

    KObe 8 What the Kobe. One of the best what the’s super loud and i can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t want a pair #WInKobe9Beethoven

  4. Daniel marino

    Kobe 9 grey – classic color scheme, with flyknit, beautiful! The HTMs are all must haves as well…. If only.

  5. Khalid Brinkley

    #WinKobe9Beethoven. MY fav kobe is kobe 8 wolf grey. my very first kobe

  6. Joshua Chung

    The best Kobe colorway is the Zoom Kobe 5 Big Stages Away. It combines a sleek Kobe silhouette with all black and hints of gold! #WinKobe9Beethoven

  7. Rachel

    The Nike Kobe 6 prelude comes in at #1 for the best colorway. Usually a shoe is doing too much or too little, but they got this one just right. I literally looked at the shoe and said that’s just beautiful.

  8. Jon

    The Kobe 9 Masterpieces changed the game in sports, PERIOD. Name another hoop shoe rocked by wrestlers and boxers! Should be top 5.

  9. jmmabalot

    White htms for the win! #winkobe9beethoven

  10. Kaleb

    My favorite are the Kobe 9 elite low university red

  11. Cami

    Is really hard try to pick one, but I think one of my favorite is Kobe VII

  12. Jadese jasper

    I like the Adidas Kobe charcoal because it looks like a spaceship.

  13. paul

    next shoul be what the kobe 8. (: best “what the” so far.

  14. paul

    next one should be what the kobe 8 since its the best one on “what the kobe” series. (:

  15. paul

    best color way is the kobe 1 all star. thats simple but fiiirrree!! (:

  16. Molly Bustamante

    In my opinion the greatest Kobe to be released is the Kobe 8 Easters. Not only is the colorway really sharp but the 8s are super comfortable for a low top shoe. I am a little biased because the Kobe 8 Easters were the first Kobe shoe that I had ever purchased. I still wear them to this day even after two years of new Kobes. They are most definitely my favorite Kobe and colorway created.

  17. Bossman Woodberry

    The greatest colorway in the Kobe line of shoes would have to be Nike Kobe 3 Misery iconic colorway & solid leather upper

  18. Melvin Claveria

    In my opinion i think the Nike Kobe 3 Prelude is the best kobe color way. Not just performance wise with the famous zoom cushioning but also history wise , this shoe was in the Prelude pack and was named “misery”. Although Kobe bryant had a great year that year , it came to an abrupt end when The L.A. Lakers lost to their rivals, Boston Celtics in Game 6 .Kobe was affected so much by this lost that he made this shoe look like a really sad shoe. This shoe is Kobe’s personal favorite shoe because it motivated Kobe to win a championship.Kobe naming it the “Most important shoe in the pack”. #WinKobe9Beethoven

  19. Warren Rule

    The greatest kobe colorway in my opinion is between the duke or the chaos colorway. Both super clean and done well on most, if not all the kobe models they were made in.