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Nov 2, 2016
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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant may have retired from the NBA but his signature shoe line with Nike is still kicking up production after it announced his new post-retirement sneakers.

On November 1, the brand introduced the Kobe AD, which is essentially the successor of the Kobe XI line that he wore in the previous season.

The shoe will be released on November 22 and will be sold for $160.

To celebrate the Black Mamba's latest pair of kicks and his stellar career, we've also compiled five of Kobe’s most iconic shoes.


1) The Kobe (2000)

Before becoming Nike’s poster boy, Kobe was actually an adidas endorser, so naturally he had the triple stripes on all his gear and on his feet.

Adidas released The Kobe in 2000, when he won the first of three straight championships early in his career.

Sneakerheads had a mixed reaction to the Audi’s TT Roadster-inspired shoe, which has been referred to in mockery as “car shoes” and “moon boots.”


2) Zoom Kobe I (2006)

Following his short-lived sneaker stint with adidas, Kobe went ahead and teamed up with Nike, but he wasn’t given his first signature shoe until 2006.

By this time, Kobe had proven himself as the real deal with three NBA championships under his belt, so Nike decided to release the Nike Kobe I.

They made the right decision as Kobe didn’t disappoint, boasting a career-high of 35.4 points per game during the 2005-06 season. This included his epic 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors.


3) Zoom Kobe IV (2009)

In 2008, Kobe was hungry for another championship after years of coming up short following the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-peat from 2000 to 2002.

This was when Nike released the Zoom Kobe IV, which propelled him to the finals against the Orlando Magic, eventually garnering him his fourth championship and first Finals MVP award.


4) Kobe V (2010)

Fresh from winning an NBA championship, Kobe got his new pair of kicks in 2010.

He wore the Kobe V that season and into the finals against Lakers rival Boston Celtics that led to an all out basketball war lasting until Game 7.

The Lakers emerged victorious and for his part, Kobe bagged his fifth ring and second consecutive Finals MVP award.


5) Kobe XI (2016)

The adage “It’s not how you start but how you finish” comes to mind whenever Kobe’s career is thought of.

He started as a low-profile rookie and ended up getting five championships and two Finals MVP awards by the end of his 20-year basketball career.

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By the end of the 2016 season, Kobe was a shadow of his prime days, but he exploded once again in his last game as a professional basketball player against the Utah Jazz, where he knocked down 60 points with the Kobe XI Fade to Black special edition.

 

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