Year Introduced: 1997

Kobe Bryant won the 1997 Dunk Contest in these, and thus the Equipment Elevation will always be considered Kobe's first shoe - moreso than the Top Ten 2000 or the Top Ten 2010, which he also wore during his rookie campaign. The Equipment Elevation paired a Feet You Wear sole with an upper that featured enormous stripes and a lenticular ankle patch that harkened back to the Chuck Taylor. Kobe's purple PEs remain an unreleased grail - we can hope.