THE OFFICIAL NIKE KOBE FOOTWEAR THREAD: RIP Legend 1978-2020

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Agree with you guys. Total lose-lose. But I'd rather people exploiting Kobe's death lose more than any real fan, potential fan, or even for entities like Nike who have been a part of creating what we're all so passionate about. Maybe my suggestion of flooding the market is coarse and short sighted, and I'm sure Nike and the like are weighing all their options in cooperation with the Bryant estate.

All in all I think they should take their time and do what's right - which I admittedly have no idea what that is.

I also can't help but wonder the demographic of who's going out there and spending 500+ on a pair of XI Bruce Lees.
 
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Got my Time mag this morning from local Vons. They actually didn't have them at the magazine rack. They placed all the mags featuring Kobe at one of the registers endcaps. It was a nice display, looked like about 12 different magazines doing commemorative issues. I think I'm gonna go back and grab the LA Times one.
 
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Some solid points being thrown around. Sad fact of life for humans is that we never really know what we have until its gone and it takes tragic events for whatever reason for us to unite. Fools all one in the same. Im just thankful we have a post to come and share memories, kicks, magazines etc Kobe related following such an unreal passing.
 
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Shared my Kobe kicks story a while back. Love seeing and hearing the stories. I was able to dig up some more stuff.

I’ll start this off by saying that growing up MJ and AI were my guys and the teams I always rooted for were the Bulls (MJ), Sixers (AI) and the warriors because I’m in the Bay Area. All this was a recipe for me to despise Kobe and the lakers. The MJ comparisons, how he destroyed the sixers in the finals, and of course the in state rivalry games against the Warriors. I really enjoyed rooting against Kobe but always watched him because he was so good. As I got older, I learned to appreciate what he was doing, to not “hate” on another grown man that I don’t even know. I’m so happy I appreciated him before he retired. I made it a point to watch a game live during his final season (the game where he was all wrapped up and memes started the next day), and even watched his final game instead of watching the warriors 73rd win. 😂. Anyways enough of the rambling. Here’s some stuff(Bobblehead was from the last game I saw him during his final season, kept the ticket of course). Slam covers were epic. What you guys know about starting lineups 😂😂😂
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Nike did not remove Kobe’s line and products to stop them from being bought by resellers. Kobe had a contract with Nike that stated the % he gets from each sell. Until Nike can figure out where that % goes there will not be anymore sales. Nike is being respectful of Kobe’s family and not going to rush the paperwork to his lawyer/family while they are still dealing with the trauma. Once the paper work is complete and all parties are happy with the business side, Nike doesn’t care if a reseller buys all the stock......

do you guys really think Nike cares who or why products are flying of the shelf:lol:

also Kobe and his Parents didn’t get along and a lot has to do with financial disagreements. If his parents come for that Nike money, don’t expect any products anytime soon
 
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If any part of that is true it should all go to Vanessa, his children, and whatever charity or foundation they want to support in his name.
 
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It is sad that true fans who want to get a shoe that they may have waited for to purchase now have to deal with the ridiculous markups that these resellers are trying to get. I was one of the people in the minority who actually liked Kobe's Adidas years! Loved those shoes. Had almost all the OGs (LOVED the Top Ten 2000s) back when they were new. Those retros had little value (compared to his Nikes) and now there are idiots trying to get several grand for a pair of Crazy 97s!! UNREAL!!

I was a MJ fan growing up and Sixers fan as I'm in the Philadelphia burbs but always respected Kobe's game. Plus he was only 2 years younger than me and his HS games were on local TV (Lower Merion is outside of King of Prussia and near the Main Line). So he was in all the local papers.

My only regret is I never got one pair of the IX Elite highs when then released. But now, I'm trying to track down a pair of of the Neo Turquoise "Perspectives" and it's a royal PITA with what people think they can get for them! I'll keep trying to find the nice pair for a fair price and hopefully if the stupid weather would cooperate, I'll un-DS my XI All-star games!!
 
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It is sad that true fans who want to get a shoe that they may have waited for to purchase now have to deal with the ridiculous markups that these resellers are trying to get. I was one of the people in the minority who actually liked Kobe's Adidas years! Loved those shoes. Had almost all the OGs (LOVED the Top Ten 2000s) back when they were new. Those retros had little value (compared to his Nikes) and now there are idiots trying to get several grand for a pair of Crazy 97s!! UNREAL!!

I was a MJ fan growing up and Sixers fan as I'm in the Philadelphia burbs but always respected Kobe's game. Plus he was only 2 years younger than me and his HS games were on local TV (Lower Merion is outside of King of Prussia and near the Main Line). So he was in all the local papers.

My only regret is I never got one pair of the XI Elite highs when then released. But now, I'm trying to track down a pair of of the Neo Turquoise "Perspectives" and it's a royal PITA with what people think they can get for them! I'll keep trying to find the nice pair for a fair price and hopefully if the stupid weather would cooperate, I'll un-DS my XI All-star games!!
There weren't Highs for the XI though. Do you mean IX?
 
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I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Recently lost my grandma... it’s weird because I didn’t know Kobe personally and only met him one time, but I think about my Grandma and Kob every day.

Also:

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These are allegedly dropping in March.

Not feeling the black or the Icey soles but folks are gonna go crazy over these regardless.
 
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I am sure you all heard about the Corona virus by now and Nike's factories in China will be affected, just like everybody else's. The factories were supposed to reopen on February 2nd, but that has all been postponed to end of February now and they only allow 100 staff max at each factory at the beginning and who knows when they will run at max capacity again. With Nike running bigger factories, this means that with his tragic passing and the uncertain circumstances in China, it will probably take quiet some time until we see anything Kobe related that has not left China already. Maybe the pair that is announced for March is already stocked in Nike's warehouse?
 
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I am sure you all heard about the Corona virus by now and Nike's factories in China will be affected, just like everybody else's.
Yeah man, that virus is no joke. From what ive heard its airborne as well so even items can carry it for a good couple days. By the time you find out youve contracted it its already too late the fight has begun and may the odds be in your favor. Take however long they need for this thing to safely pass over as its already hitting countries outside of China.
 
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Still my favorite pair of Kobes ever. IX Elites in general are my favorite Kobe signature silhouette (followed by the 7s and 8s), but the Masterpiece is still a grail of mine.

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Love the crazy high top construction, the asymmetric multicolor flyknit materials that was different for every pair due to the random pattern of the multicolor knit (still hyped that my pair came with more bright yellow and volt hits than The darker orange and purple), the carbon fiber plates, the traction pattern on the sole, the lunarlon cushioning..just so many things about the IX make them a really cool pair of shoes.

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Also another cool detail is the Hyperfuse around the ankle as well as the swoosh (if you look hard enough) are actually a bit iridescent in the right light. The details really are so nice on these.

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I haven't bought any Kobe shoes lately, but I have purchased almost every magazine and book that has been put out recently. My wife says it is just another obsession lol. I took this today and haven't gotten it completely straight yet but I wanted to see what it will look like in my office. Still a little work to do on it.

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Still my favorite pair of Kobes ever. IX Elites in general are my favorite Kobe signature silhouette (followed by the 7s and 8s), but the Masterpiece is still a grail of mine.

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Love the crazy high top construction, the asymmetric multicolor flyknit materials that was different for every pair due to the random pattern of the multicolor knit (still hyped that my pair came with more bright yellow and volt hits than The darker orange and purple), the carbon fiber plates, the traction pattern on the sole, the lunarlon cushioning..just so many things about the IX make them a really cool pair of shoes.

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Also another cool detail is the Hyperfuse around the ankle as well as the swoosh (if you look hard enough) are actually a bit iridescent in the right light. The details really are so nice on these.

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They really ARE a masterpiece. I still have a DS pair. Arguably the coolest shoe I’ve ever seen, especially just sitting on a shelf. I wish they looked better on me in shorts but that high cut is tough to pull off if you’re not 6-6 or taller LOL. Regardless, I’m going to start wearing them sparingly with open hem sweats. Luckily I also have a pair of the MC lows but the masterpiece colors are even better. There’s a reason Tinker said that was the one shoe he wished HE had designed. Just absolutely beyond sick. Frankly, from a pure design standpoint, they **** on Concords. And Concords are my go to answer when asked what’s my favorite shoe of all time. That’s how highly I think of them. I just wish they were more versatile in real life for me. Dang, now I need to pull out my pair again and just stare at them LOL
 
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