words // Brandon Richard
When asked what school he would have attended had he not chosen to forego college eligibility, Kobe Bryant says that playing under Mike Krzyzewski at the University of Duke would have been the choice. As an indirect salute to his Team USA coach and his would-be alma mater, Kobe’s signature Nike basketball shoes have been treated to a designated “Duke” colorway in recent years, the latest version now available for you to take home.
The “Duke” Nike Kobe VII features no school logos, but pays homage to the Durham-based University through the use of color. A mixture of Treasure Blue and black is used on the shoe’s synthetic upper, with contrasting white hits working the Swoosh logos, Shozoku on the tongue and heel counter. White and black handle the midsole, while a black and blue rubber outsole finish off the look below.
Available: Nike Kobe VII – Duke