Evolution of Kobe’s Signature Sneakers From 1996 to 2016

Kobe’s weapons of choice over his two-decade-long career

Even though Kobe only got drafted 13th, he is still one of the few players who got a sneaker deal before even getting drafted. He signed a $40 million deal with Adidas when he was 17 and fresh out of Lower Merion High.

Bryant’s first “signature” sneaker, designed by James Carnes, didn’t belong exclusively to him, but the Adidas EQT Elevation would blaze the path for his next three shoes with the brand. He would also wear it during one of his first memorable moments – his victory at the 1997 dunk contest.