Kobe Bryant’s remarkable impact on basketball also applied to shoe design. Throughout his career, Kobe has pushed Nike Basketball to explore the competitive advantages achieved through low-profile and highly responsive design. It was an ambitious challenge as much as a technical one.
“Every game I write on my shoes, ‘Be Legendary’ is what Kobe signed on my shoes in 2016,” said Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns goaltender. “He’s had an impact on my life that no one has ever had, and probably no one will ever have again. He taught me to ask myself, “What am I doing here if I’m not trying to be the best at this?” It’s not just a basketball quote. It’s a life quote for me.
Booker is far from the only one to admire Bryant. From New York Liberty goalie Sabrina Ionescu: “The beauty of basketball to me is that it’s a sport you can never improve. What made Kobe great was that he wasn’t afraid to try new things because that risk of failure is where you grow up. Kobe tried to perfect everything in his game, from the way he played to the way he approached the game. ”
Commemorating his legacy within Nike Basketball and beyond is a seasonal shoe collection that covers the memorable colorways of the Kobe V Protro, in addition to a limited edition jersey.