Jerry West created shockwaves when he sent Vlade Divac for a rookie coming straight from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. 17 year old Kobe Bryant had come into the league as a member of the adidas footwear team. Take a look at how his signature shoes have changed in form and function over his storied career. Adidas was quick to give Kobe Bryant a shoe contract. Later Kobe made the jump to Nike. Take a look at how his signature shoes have changed in form and function over his storied career.
The History of Kobe Bryant’s Basketball Shoes
It seems like it was decades ago when a brash 17 year old rookie named Kobe Bryant came on board to lift the brand and future outlook of adidas basketball. In 1996, Kobe got his first kicks from adidas called the EQT Elevation. The athletic rising star in Bryant received an invite and made a statement in 1997 by winning the Slam Dunk Contest. With his pair of Purple Elevations, Bryant would eventually win over a new generation of basketball fans