Evolution of Kobe’s Signature Sneakers From 1996 to 2016

The Kobe 3 served as something of a testing ground for a few of the upper materials that would become consistent throughout the line. The III featured a fully injected upper that acts as a cage around the foot. One of the most unique aspects of the sneaker was the underlying mesh is exposed through the voids of the cage, allowing for more breathability and flexibility. Kobe didn’t win a title in these, but he did have a Finals appearance in 2008.