In 2002, Kobe Bryant would lead the Los Angeles to an unforgettable Championship win, clinching an illustrious three-peat victory for the Lakers. Kobe had well and truly secured his place in NBA history, but not everything was going so great for the Black Mamba. His most recent signature sneaker, The KOBE TWO, was a laughing stock — derided by collectors and players alike. Even Kobe himself wasn't a fan.
With his original six-year adidas contract coming to an end, Kobe elected not to extend his endorsement deal — reportedly paying $8 million to do so. What followed was a period of flux, before Kobe finally made himself at home with the Swoosh.
Read on for our breakdown of Kobe Bryant's most iconic sneaker moments from 2002 to 2008.