PLAYER: Kobe Bryant
YEAR: 2010
• "Lighter" and "lower" prove to be the two popular performance characteristics in today's basketball game, and the Eric Avar-designed Nike Zoom Kobe V killed it on both accounts. This sneaker is currently the lightest basketball sneaker on the market, weighing in at 10.6 ounces. Although the Nike Zoom Kobe IV will always be credited for the beginning of the low-top craze, Kobe's fifth signature showed the refinement of Nike's Flywire technology. Many sneaker enthusiasts that have tried this low-top sneaker on the basketball court have labeled the Kobe V one of, if not the best, performance-based sneakers ever.