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Kobe Bryant has teamed up with Nike to launch the Kobe 11

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Kobe Bryant has teamed up with Nike to launch the Kobe 11
Lightweight, sophisticated kicks

Kobe Bryant's final on-court shoe has been revealed. It's none other than the Kobe 11, a model he's collaborated with the design geniuses at Nike to birth. The 17-time All-Star basketball legend is no stranger to the Nike team. Back in 2004, Bryant worked with the sports giant to roll out the iconic Nike Huarache 2K4, a bonafide gamechanger that helped him fly through the 2003-2004 NBA season. 

Even as Bryant's 20-year NBA legacy comes to a close, as he bids his fans farewell on his retirement tour, his partnership with Nike continues to endure. Built with the athlete in mind, the Kobe 11 is a progressive low-top that's lightweight, responsive, and sophisticated in design. An advanced flyknit upper is strengthened by thermoplastic polyurethane yarn while a mesh tongue construction enhances breathability. Responsive cushioning comes in the form of a full-length lunarlon foam, making for a soft landing after cutting a slam dunk.

Kobe 11

The launch colourway of the Kobe 11 sees a suave marriage of deep red and black while featuring subtle nods to the Greek hero Achilles. 

Speaking about the shoe, Nike designer Eric Avar said: "The Kobe 11 design represents the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.” 

Available from 9 January at nike.com and select retail locations 

Denise Kok

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