Evolution of Kobe’s Signature Sneakers From 1996 to 2016

Most remember the Kobe II as the midtop with the ankle strap, but there were actually three versions of the shoe. There was also a midtop with a midfoot strap and an ultra lightweight hightop version. All of this was made possible because of the modular sole unit, which was attached in a similar fashion to each respective upper.

This scenario of offering multiple versions of one shoe for multiple playing styles would lay the groundwork for future variations of the Kobe series.