Evolution of Kobe’s Signature Sneakers From 1996 to 2016

Performance-wise, the Kobe 6 wasn’t too different from the 5. Visually, however, it was truly something else. Nike played off of one of Kobe’s nicknames, the Black Mamba, to create a snakeskin-like upper aesthetic. The Kurim technique allowed them to group the scales together tighter in areas that needed support and open them up in areas that didn’t. The evolutionary approach to the upper led to a game-changing approach to the aesthetic that set the tone for the next three generations of Kobes. Pictured is the Christmas Day colorway aptly named Grinch.