12.19.13

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

words // Brandon Richard

En route to his first NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, Kobe Bryant debuted a unique new signature shoe — the adidas Kobe.

To be perfectly honest, the Kobe was a polarizing design. You either loved it or you hated it, and that’s fine. In a way, that’s been somewhat of a microcosm of Kobe’s career. But you notice him, just like you noticed the adidas Kobe on court.

Inspired by the Audi TT, the Kobe’s curved molded build and midfoot arch were designed after the car’s grill, lights and wheel wells. The double-layered collar helped prevent ankle rolls and a 3D Torsion system balanced rearfoot and forefoot responsiveness.

In addition to Bryant, the Kobe was famously worn by teams like UCLA on the college level.

Kobe and adidas have since moved in different directions, but there will always be a following for Kobe’s ‘fro era’ signature models. For loyalists, the Kobe is on its way back soon, albeit with a new name — the Crazy 1.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on our Holiday 2000 issue, when the Kobe graced a page next to other memorable models like the Superstar 2G and the Bromium. Were any of these adidas Basketball shoes on your feet in 2000?

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

1 Comment

  • 3ong:

    those bromium & major game were nice.

How To Increase Your Mental Focus And Train Past Distractions

How To Increase Your Mental Focus And Train Past Distractions

When you see the pros keeping their cool and drilling game winners, it’s tempting to...

Improve Your Footwork to Improve Football Agility

Improve Your Footwork to Improve Football Agility

Here are a few simple drills that can help you with your footwork for football.

Stephen Curry – Silence The Doubters

Stephen Curry – Silence The Doubters

The constant noise of doubters turns underdogs into champions by forcing them to develop a level of resiliency, perseverance, and supreme self-confidence that helps them beat those who may be more physically gifted. This is the Stephen Curry story.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…the Nike LeBron 11 Low!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…the Nike LeBron 11 Low!

Dare to dream with the latest kids' colorway.

Nike ‘What The’ LeBron 11

Nike ‘What The’ LeBron 11

Latest LeBron 11 release features 28 different design elements from past LeBron signature shoes.

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 – Black/Light Magnet Grey-Metallic Silver

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 – Black/Light Magnet Grey-Metallic Silver

New digs for The Kid.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low ‘University Red’

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low ‘University Red’

Kobe's pop music muse inspires new colorway.

Blast Friday: The Return of a Reebok Classic

Blast Friday: The Return of a Reebok Classic

Nick Van Exel's shoe returns for the first time since 1996.

Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Triple Black’

Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Triple Black’

With a nubuck finished upper for the first time ever.

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Triple Black’

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Triple Black’

All black everything for this new Air Force 1.

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High OG ‘Sport Blue’

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High OG ‘Sport Blue’

Canvas version of the Air Jordan 1 returns this weekend.

Nike Zoom Soldier 8 – Magnet Grey/Volt

Nike Zoom Soldier 8 – Magnet Grey/Volt

All-new colorway of the latest Soldier releasing.

See More