9. Nike Zoom Kobe III PE

When: 2008

Who: Elliot Wilson 

The Huaraches and Kobe IVs through the VIIs always get the most attention, but the midcut IIIs were just as nice. The innovative design and performance was built in true Black Mamba fashion, allowing players to strike quick and go for the kill. Elliot Wilson (no Rap Radar) got his hands on a pair of player editions, ditching all-black and giving hits of Duke blue on the outsole for what could have been Kobe's alma mater.