Complete History of the Kobe III

Nike Zoom Kobe III

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Kobe Bryant won his first NBA MVP award as he led the Lakers to the first of three consecutive Finals appearances. Before he won his back to back titles, he unfortunately had to lose to Kevin Garnett and the Celtics. From the Prelude pack that released in 2013, he nicknamed the Kobe 3s “Misery”. As straight forward as that is, it is also the best word to describe the gut wrenching blow out in game six to the Lakers’ franchise rival.  In the 2007-08 season, Bryant played in all 82 games and averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. Many were not interested in the shoes until the Prelude Pack had released sending shockwaves of hype.

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Kobe is known for his philosophic thinking which he inherited from the Zen Master. The Black Mamba became a metaphor that Kobe often referred to. Many can even say it was an alter ego in which he was focused and in attack mode. With that in mind, designer Eric Avar had to make sure that the shoes had to be sleek and sharp.

Nike’s prominent designer Eric Avar took over the Kobe signature line starting with the Kobe 3s. The 3s have the most eye grabbing design with its mid cut and waffle-esque design. Below the “waffle” is a one piece mesh that was lightweight and stable. The waffle seen on the upper and the sole is actually supposed to represent diamonds which is inspired by Bryant’s first daughter’s middle name (Diamante).

The heel and forefoot featured the Nike Zoom AIR technology to provide reliable comfort and cushion. The shoes also feature the Kobe sheath logo on the tongue and heel. Along the back is a large Nike Swoosh that wraps around the heel. Like the Kobe 2s, the front of the shoe had a large toe cap.


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