Taking into account his recent retirement announcement, it’s most likely that the Nike Kobe XI will be the last signature shoe he wears on court.
Taking a rather understated approach the Nike Kobe XI Elite Low “Achilles Heel” comes in a black and red Flyknit upper with gold hints on the Kobe logo on the tongue. The Swoosh on the side panels is resplendent in a textured black and the back of the shoe features a graphic representation of ancient greek warrior Achilles. As the lore goes Achilles was a Greek warrior known to be invulnerable except for one sweet spot, his heel. The Achilles reference here references him but also alludes to Kobe’s season-ending surgery back in 2013 in the form of four-stitch marks representing the four feet of thread used in the aforementioned surgery.
Nike Kobe XI Elite Low “Achilles Heel”
University Red/Metallic Gold-Black-Brgh
Launch: Saturday 10th January 00:01GMT