Without a doubt, Kobe’s greatest gift to the sneaker community was the Nike Kobe 4. This silhouette represented ‘The Black Mamba’ at the peak of his creative and playing powers. Back in 2008, Kobe was fresh off a gold medal at the Summer Games, and once again contending for an NBA championship, so he challenged Nike to reintroduce a signature low-cut basketball shoe to market. It may have been low in profile, but the Kobe 4 remains a mammoth force on (and off) courts worldwide to this day.
Embodying the ‘Mamba Mentality’, the Kobe 4 drove progression, defying convention to blaze a trail for a new generation of performance basketball sneakers.