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Nike Zoom Kobe Historical Comparison

January 11, 2012 BY / 25

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In 2003, Kobe Bryant was officially added to the exclusive bunch of Nike signature athletes, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Anfernee Hardaway, Charles Barkley, and more. The addition of Kobe, alongside the new acquisition of prep-to-pro prospect LeBron James, would mark a brand new era of Nike Basketball, one that has fortified Nike’s role as the pinnacle of performance basketball outfitting. It was in 2006 when a Nike shoe would officially bear Kobe Bryant’s name, but it was originally the Nike Zoom Huarache 2k4 that was set to be the starting point to a long-lasting partnership; following the Zoom Huarache 2k4 was the 2k5 version, which paved the way for Kobe’s official introduction as a Nike signature athlete in 2006 with the release of the Air Zoom Kobe 1.

Since that ’06 debut, we’ve seen Nike accomplish hat it had set out to do when it first brought on the Lakers superstar; six more installments as well as the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk (another ‘unofficial’ Kobe shoe), with the game-changing Kobe System setting new precedents in basketball footwear and design. So by our count, it’s ten shoes for Kobe thus far, and there’s no end in sight just yet. It’s not often we get to see all ten shoes bunched together, but thanks to wmsky of Kenlu, we’re given a nice side-by-side comparison of the Kobe V, VI, and VII as well as a unique look at original vs. current Kobe model. Check out some of the nice visuals after the jump and let us know which Nike Kobe shoe is your favorite of all-time.

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25 comments
sjaak
sjaak

I need to get a pair of 3's

Stilwaters r.d.
Stilwaters r.d.

How do the VII's compare in weight to the V's & VI's?

Duh
Duh

The Kobe has been the same since the IV...I'm sure everybody knows that

Take It
Take It

Lol. The same shoe for 3 years in a row and still taking peoples money. Nike is pimping you fools.

kha_boogie
kha_boogie

this isnt the best historical comparison, plus even thou they arent "kobes" i still think the 2k4s count in the collection

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nike zoom rookie

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CCHINO
CCHINO

Ummm...... I Think we are mistaken here we are the Kobe IV's in this comparison? Probably should start from those since they are the first of the Heel cup versions or the Kobes

Megatron
Megatron

Nothing to see here they jus get uglier by the year.....smh

ny4evr
ny4evr

the silhouette is the same, just different designing and materials

pwong22
pwong22

where the kobe 4's at?

123
123

this is irrelevant without the whole collection, why dont you show the 2,3, and most important 4 the first low top

TCL
TCL

I sucked a mean one for those green shoes

Rick "rosay" Ross
Rick "rosay" Ross

Worst historical comparison for some shoes EVER! Shaqs shoes were much better than kobe's shoes ever were! Plus u guys CAN'T afford any of these!

eds
eds

LOL no kobe 4?

stigz
stigz

how bout the adidas kobes as well

TCL
TCL

damn i got 2 change my name quit using it dumbass

la dynasty
la dynasty

ross you couldn't even afford the shaqs . ..so go have another seizure you Sissy!!

la dynasty
la dynasty

ross you couldn't even afford the shaqs . ..so go have another seizure you Sissy!! Homo Forever

TCL
TCL

But I really did.

donadamsky
donadamsky

the shaqnosis might be the best non-nike basketball signature, so watch your mouth

la dynasty
la dynasty

i didn't say their not so you watch your mouth

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