The Nike Kobe 5 was a close collaboration between the brand’s design team and the athlete. Bryant always had a strong sense of what he needed in a shoe and he identified a lot with the sharp lateral movements of pro-level soccer players therefore he wanted a similarly low, light shoe to support his own sudden moves on the basketball court. At the time of its release, the Kobe 5 was the lowest, lightest basketball shoe Nike had ever brought to market. The 5 used Flywire technology to simulate the movements of the body’s own tendons. The idea was to work with the foot, not against it. The upper was heat-welded in a process that improved consistency and added less weight compared to sewing. Aesthetic details like heart and dot-matrix symbols were chosen for the personal meaning they held for Bryant, not to mention Kobe won a championship playing in these 5s. It’s quickly become the most popular shoe to play in lately for NBA players, dominating the bubble this year with its presence.
It goes without saying the Black Mamba’s impact on the court is beyond measure but his impact on the sneakers that hit the floor every night is also wildly unprecedented and massively influential. The Los Angeles Lakers’ legend sneaker legacy will continue to grow with the announcement of the release of the Kobe 5 Protro “Bruce Lee” and in celebrating the release of another mythical shoe from the late-great phenom and to honor his memory, GOAT has created the Kobe 5 Sneaker Collection on their platform. The Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Protro “Bruce Lee” brings back a beloved 2010 colorway inspired by the martial artist whose style and mindset informed Kobe Bryant’s play on the hardwood. So without further adieu, here’s the top 7 Kobe 5 sneakers, available now on GOAT’s app.
Release Date: Unreleased
Lowest Price: $7000 USD
The Zoom Kobe 5 PE “Parade” never released. They were as rare as they come back when they were initially previewed, with the heels and rubber outsole of the shoe doused in a championship gold colorway. With Kobe’s special branding in purple on the upper, the victorious white, purple, gold color scheme was monumental at the time in commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers championship run hence “Parade”.
Release Date: Unreleased
Lowest Price: $1000 USD
Dedicated to raising awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, this “Yow Think Pink” edition of the Nike Kobe 5 features an all-Pink base upper with metallic silver Nike swoosh branding on each side that also includes gray detailing on the heel tab and midsole. The shoe is completed with a Pink rubber outsole to finish off the Think Pink theme.
Release Date: January 22, 2010
Lowest Price: $865 USD
Inspired by colors from the 2008 film The Dark Knight, the Zoom Kobe 5 “Dark Knight” features an upper in black and Neptune Blue with Flywire technology for added support. The sneaker also sports a mesh ankle collar and TPU heel counter for an adaptive fit and a Zoom Air unit in the heel and forefoot along with Lunar foam for responsive cushioning.
Release Date: August 27, 2020
Lowest Price: $487 USD
Designed in partnership with the LA-based retailer, the Undefeated x Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Protro “What If Pack” brings together two colorways inspired by Kobe Bryant’s selection in the 1996 NBA Draft. The first pair features various hues taken from the 12 teams that passed on the Mamba, while the second is dressed in the colors of the Charlotte Hornets, the franchise that took the 17-year-old high schooler with the 13th pick. Both are accented with metallic gold detailing that celebrates Bryant’s five championships.
Release Date: August 23, 2020
Lowest Price: $160 USD
The Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Big Stage” gets its name from the shoe that Kobe Bryant wore during the 2010 NBA Finals, which culminated in the Mamba clinching his fifth and final championship with the Lakers. The design combines ‘home’ and ‘away’ editions of the “Big Stage” Kobe 5 with graphic elements borrowed from the “Parade” PE, which cover the lateral side of the left shoe and medial side of the right. Contrasting pops of metallic gold appear on the sneaker’s heel and branding hits.
Release Date: August 24, 2020
Lowest Price: $190 USD
Launching as part of a special commemorative collection honoring the memory of Kobe Bryant, the Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Protro “5x Champ” features a design inspired by the championship jackets gifted to the Mamba following his second and third NBA titles. The glossy upper is dressed in purple and black with contrasting gold accents. The Lakers’ signature purple and gold hues are repeated on the LA-themed custom sockliner.