There is indeed life after Kobe Bryant.
God knows how the NBA survived a full basketball calendar without The Black Mamba, who decided to hang up his boots at the end of the 2015-16 season. If not for the series of injuries in his last few years, he may still be in the gym, hitting that signature fadeaway even after turning 39 years old today.
For avid fans, there's no better way to celebrate his birthday than by copping his post-retirement sneakers. Kudos to the Swoosh brand for the smart business decision of continuing the Kobe line! If your itching to make like Mamba on the court, check out these sleek options:
Nike Kobe A.D. (Triple Black, Big Stage, Purple Stardust)
Reinforced by Dynamic Flywire cables, a Lunarlon midsole, and Zoom Air units, the Kobe A.D. takes from its predecessors in terms of lockdown, responsiveness, and cushioning. Also, that all-black sillhouette is clean AF.
Score a pair for: P9,895 (Titan)
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT (Black/White, University Red, Mambacurial)
We're guessing this is the elite version of the aforementioned model, only with a customizable toggle system that "locks your foot in place." The lightweight Flyknit fabric and micro-tread pattern sets it apart from earlier releases. Plus, check out that 'University Red' colorway—it's fire!
Score a pair for: P8,095 (Titan)