Evolution of Kobe’s Signature Sneakers From 1996 to 2016
The Kobe 1 was created from the work of two designers, starting with Eric Avar and later transitioning to Ken Link while Avar was on leave. Link did a phenomenal job of blending aspects from the Huarache series for Kobe into what would become his first, true Nike signature shoe. If you recall at that time Link was balancing a heavy amount of design weight as he was doing the LeBron line in addition to the Kobe line. These are also the kicks that Kobe wore while scoring 81 points against the Raptors on January 22 2006.