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Sneaker News March Madness Nike Kobe: Round 1 – South

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We close out the Round 1 voting for the Sneaker News March Madness tournament with the South region headlined by the  Kobe 1 “Prelude”. This may be the most competitive crop of Kobe sneakers, because any one of the eight has the chops to move on and be considered as one of the best Mamba kicks of all-time. Click below to vote the South region – voting ends on Sunday night at 11:59 PM EST!

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The best Prelude of the bunch takes on the awesome “Gradient” colorway of the Kobe 4.

Masterpiece in Kobe form goes up against the Aston Martin Kobe V.

Galaxy Print vs. the art-inspired Prelude 6. Who wins?

The shoe that celebrated Kobe’s five Championship ring vs. the color-changing Cloak in the “coin-flip” battle of the region.

…and in case you missed it, here are the polls for the Midwest and East regions that were launched on earlier this week. Vote if you haven’t!


The gum-soled HTM Kobe 9s go up against the only “BHM” colorway of the entire tournament.

Kobe’s love for Bruce Lee and one of his All-Star moments go head to head here.

It’s Prelude vs. Prelude – does the 8 have what it takes to overtake the 2?

The colorful “What The” Kobe 8 goes up against the Orange County colorway of the LA Pack.


Is the first “What The” Kobe sneaker the clear-cut winner? It goes up against the Kobe 3 “Prelude”.

One of the toughest Nike Kobe finds in the “Barcelona” goes up against the Joker-inspired “Chaos”.

The “Big Stage” celebrated Kobe Bryant’s NBA Championship in 2010. Will the super-limited NRG joint pull off the upset?

One of the more celebrated “Prelude” releases matches up against the first-ever Nike Kobe signature shoe.


The #1 seed “Grinch”, a heavy favorite to win the entire tournament, goes up against the Kobe 8 Prelude.

The stylish soccer-inspired Mambacurials take on the original Kobe 2 colorway known as
the “Orca”.

This early collaboration with NYC artist “Stash” takes on the “Carpe Diem” colorway of the Kobe IV.

The coinflip in this region is this match-up between the Beethoven 9s and the Christmas 7s.