Written by Peter Walsh (@Peter_M_Walsh)
Over the past 17 NBA seasons, Kobe Bryant has been at the center of the basketball world. Exploding onto the scene as a teenage rookie in 1996, Kobe has put together a career that includes five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, 15 All-NBA selections, one regular-season MVP, two NBA scoring titles, 12 NBA All-Defensive Team selections, and 16 All-Star Game selections. He is the Lakers all-time scoring leader, owns two Olympic gold medals, and is at least in the discussion as the greatest shooting guard to ever play the game of basketball.
Along with his accomplishments on court, Kobe has one of the greatest sneaker histories of all time. After becoming the face of adidas’ amazing ‘Feet You Wear’ campaign, Kobe left the Three Stripes for Nike where he teamed up with Eric Avar to design and wear some of the most innovative and forward-thinking sneakers Nike has ever produced. In the process, Kobe became a marketing machine, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the sporting world.
Despite an injury-plagued 17th NBA season, Kobe is still at the top of the sneaker world due to the buzz of the Kobe 9 Elite, which released today. In anticipation of what Kobe may do in his ninth Nike signature (and 11th signature shoe overall), here is A History of the Sneakers Worn During Kobe Bryant's Best Performances.