The Most Expensive Kobe Bryant Shoes

Which pair of epic sneakers holds the championship belt as the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes? That is really a tough question to answer. But it is also certainly a lot of fun to try. Obviously time plays a huge role in determining the which is the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. The price tag of the most expensive shoe now may not be as much as the price tag of a Kobe shoe in the past. So, let’s compare the most expensive shoe of today with the most expensive shoe of the past.

Because any pair of sneakers released as part of the Kobe line retails or retailed between $130 to $150, the most expensive pair is a result of two major factors, the availability to the general public and the total amount released. As sneakerheads, these are two factors we know all too well. Two factors that drive the price of a Kobe signature sneaker through the roof. If one these shoes is very limited in release and only available at specific retailers across the country, you better have a lot of time and money on your hands. You will have to travel and camp out at one of these retailers to have any chance of getting that shoe. But it is also one hell of an adventure!

Kobe VI “Grinch” – At the present time this is most expensive shoe that Nike has released as part of the Kobe series of basketball shoes. These gems will cost you anywhere from $350-$400. The Kobe “Grinch” was released during the holiday season of 2010. Kobe wore them in a game on Christmas day last year on national television. In fact, several pairs were seen on the feet of celebrities like George Lopez sitting courtside in Los Angeles that day. The shoe consists of a snakeskin textured upper in a candy apple green color that has bright yellow accent. The midsole and outer sole are also candy apple green in color. Top it off with red laces and you have a masterpiece. This shoe was extremely limited in numbers produced. Hence, the high price tag.

Kobe V “Big Stage” – This is probably the most expensive Kobe shoe of the past. Released in both home and away colorways, this epic sneaker went for $450 at one time. Both home and away editions feature a metallic gold Swoosh and heel counter along with a clear translucent soles. The home edition featured a white upper while the away a black upper. In addition, Kobe’s statistics for that previous year were integrated in a subtle manner into the upper. Made specifically for Kobe to wear during the 2010 NBA Finals, the only retailer to sell them was located in Los Angeles. Talk about limited availability! The shoe was also limited to 250 pairs of each colorway. Talk about limited release!

Limited availability and a small number of shoes produced will drive the price of any pair of basketball shoes for men up. And the price of any product up. Nike shoes for basketball in general are marketed this way. Trying to get your hands on the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes is just part of the pleasure and pain of being a sneakerhead.

Kobe Bryant Shoes Get Drafted

NBA draft day 1996. Selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick in round 1 is a high school kid by the name of Kobe Bryant. Wait, selected by the Charlotte Hornets? Yes, the Hornets. Immediately thereafter, this youngster was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and as they and we all know, the rest is history. But what if this man-child had never been traded? I guess we will never know if Kobe could have achieved the epic feats that would be 5 NBA championships. Championships he earned in a Laker uniform. But thanks to Nike and designer Eric Avar, the memory of that fateful draft day has been brought back to us in the form of Kobe Bryant shoe.

Beginning in 2008 with the Kobe IV, Nike has blessed the sneaker world with a “Draft Day” edition of Kobe Bryant shoes. All editions, including the Kobe V and Kobe VI shoes were dropped in the original Charlotte Hornets colors of purple and teal. The colorways may be similar, but the first shoe released has an interesting history.The first “Draft Day” edition of the Kobe signature sneaker line is actually quite infamous.

The first “Draft Day” release actually had the date of the draft, 6.11.96 emblazoned on the back of the heel tab. Very cool! Unfortunately it was the wrong date. The actual date of Kobe’s draft class was 6-26-1996. As soon as Nike realized they had made a pretty serious error, they re-released the shoe with the correct date, 6.26.96. Sweet! Due to Nike’s error, sneakerheads now had two different shoes to cop. Dubbed the “Wrong Days” and the “Right Days”, the Kobe IV Draft Day presents the unique opportunity to have the same colorway of a dope shoe in 2 separate editions.

Since Nike’s initial offering of the Kobe IV Draft Day, the last two years have brought us the same theme and similar colorways…..without the date of the draft. The wrong date or the right date. This year’s model and colorway is similar in color to the two previous styles. It uses white on the snakeskin upper, a purple Swoosh, and teal accents on the midsole and heel cup.

If you want a piece of history, 1996 draft day history, the Kobe IV “Draft Day” is one for the collection. Actually two for the collection if you can track down both the “Wrong Days” and the “Right Days”. Among the numerous Nike shoes for basketball that you can buy, these Kobe Bryant shoes would be the only shoes that can say that they were drafted in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft.

The Best Looking Kobe Bryant Shoes

The best looking Kobe basketball shoes are…

Is there really one definitively correct answer if that phrase is used as a question? No, not really, considering the unbelievable amount of models and colorways that have been dropped on us in the last 3 years alone by Nike. The Kobe IV, V, and VI signature sneaker line have certainly spoiled the avid sneakerhead. To quote Ben Stiller in Zoolander, these epic signature sneaker lines can’t help it they have produced some “really, really good looking” basketball shoes for men. Several of the sneakers that have been released from these lines are very good looking indeed Ben.

1. Kobe VI “Chaos” – Can anybody really argue with this being the best looking Kobe Bryant shoe? Well, I guess they could. But they would be wrong. Of course, I joke, but this shoe truly is a sight to behold. The third edition of the colorway known to Kobe shoe fanatics and sneakerheads as “Chaos”, is named after the infamous Joker of the famed Batman movies The shoe features an eggplant-like polyurethane upper, a white heel counter and vibrant neon yellow Swoosh. The same neon yellow color referred to as “volt” by Nike is used on the shoe’s outsole. But an infrared red color used on the inner liner is really what makes this pop. This shoe truly is a work of art.

2. Kobe V “Bruce Lee” – This epic signature sneaker has to hold a spot in the top 3 all-time best looking Kobe shoes. Says who? Says me. This shoe was created out of the love Kobe has for martial arts and specifically the legend that is Bruce Lee. The upper and base of the shoe is primarily yellow and black which represents the bodysuit worn by Lee in the movie “Game of Death”. In addition, there are even red scratch marks on the black midsole accents that match those of Lee’s chest in “Enter the Dragon”. This shoe, like the Kobe VI “Chaos” was released in such small quantities that getting your hands on a pair of them elevated their status even further.

3. Kobe VI “Orange County” – This release of the VI line was dropped in limited quantities during the 2011NBA All-Star game festivities. The color contrasting in shades moving from light to dark orange on the upper are truly amazing. And meant to duplicate a sunset over the pacific ocean. Man am I a sucker for orange! A blue-grey color called cannon by Nike is used on the external heel counter and outsole. A blue-grey hue known as cannon accents the shoe on Swoosh, external heel counter, and outsole. Black fills in the heel and midsole. This shoe is truly an All-Star in its own right.

As we all know, as true sneakerheads it is impossible to agree on what pair of shoes is truly the best looking Kobe Bryant shoe. What is very possible to agree on, is that if you are wearing any pair of Kobe basketball shoes, you are wearing one of the best basketball shoes ever made.

Green Kobe Bryant Shoes For Basketball

A Kobe Bryant signature sneaker in green? What! That is just not right. The Laker’s bitter rival wears that color. Relax. It’s alright, the Kobe VI that dropped recently is not Celtic Green. It is something much different. It is Nike’s version of dark green. A color they call “Gorge Green”. This new green colorway of the Kobe VI is part of the Team Bank line of signature sneakers Nike released recently. Red, White, and Blue were also dropped. But it is the Gorge Green colorway that is new to the Team Bank series. It is also the best looking pair of the bunch.

Aside from all of the sickest colorways ever used on a signature basketball sneaker, the Kobe VI features some of the most innovative, high performance technology ever used on a pair of basketball kicks. Nike’s Flywire is used on this shoe in a new, three-layer construction. The first layer is in the form of mesh and is placed on the inside of the shoe. The second layer is the Flywire that is used on the upper. The third and final layer covers the upper and is made of breathable mesh that contains polyurethane islands that prevent the shoe from abrasion. This new tri-layer construction allows for a lighter, comfortable, and much more breathable shoe than the Kobe’s of the past.

The midsole of the Kobe VI is also less thick than the past Kobe’s. Phylon cushioning as well as Nike Zoom Air units are used in both the forefoot and heel sections of the midsole. As a result of a thinner midsole, the foot is placed closer to the ground and effectively creates increased stability. The outsole of the shoe uses a solid herringbone rubber that has been designed specifically for the game of Kobe and provides maximum traction. Some of the editions of the Kobe VI also include a rubber outsole that Nike calls XDR and is more durable for outdoor play.

Although Kobe has not been seen nor heard from recently, his signature sneakers still continue to create a strong presence within the sneaker world. Several more colorways in addition to the Kobe VI Team Bank drops are slated for the next couple of months. This latest Gorge Green colorway will certainly keep Kobe shoe fanatics content for the time being. If not, there is always Red, White, or Blue to fill the void while we wait for the “Dark Knight” to drop.

Kobe Bryant shoes for basketball are still available in plenty of colorways. The amount of them that are being dropped have just slowed down.