In the early days, before Kobe Bryant blessed us with his iconic Protro line and ushered in the low-cut trend, the Black Mamba embarked on his sneaker journey with none other than the German sportswear behemoth, adidas. This collaboration, born in May 1996, was a match made in sneaker heaven. For Bryant, it was a chance to step out of the shadows of Nike, Reebok, and FILA and bask in the spotlight. And adidas, ever on the lookout for a fresh face and a more “affordable” athlete, hit the jackpot.
Right from the get-go, Kobe became the golden boy of adidas’ marketing strategies. He graced the Feet You Wear campaigns in August 1996, stealing the show with his undeniable charisma and unparalleled talent. It wasn’t long before he unveiled his own signature kicks, and boy, were they a sight to behold. Amongst the stellar lineup was one particular gem, the KB8, decked out in a sleek white, black, and purple colorway. Fun fact: it was in this very pair that Bryant dropped his first-ever 30-point game on December 14th, 1997, asserting his dominance on the court against the Dallas Mavericks. And thus, a legend was born, leaving jaws dropped with countless jaw-dropping scoring performances. Sadly, creative differences reared their ugly head, leading to the untimely demise of this glorious partnership in 2002.
But fear not, sneakerheads, for the KB8 is about to stage a magnificent comeback! Under a new name, the Crazy 8, this bad boy is set to make an adidas Retro debut on the hallowed digital shelves of adidas.com. Prepare yourselves and your wallets, for it will be dropping soon with a price tag of $140. Keep an eagle eye and a quick trigger finger, folks, because this is not one to be missed.
And that’s not all, my friends! Brace yourselves for the incoming waves of sneaker euphoria as the highly anticipated Crazy IIINFINITY swoops in this Holiday season. Prepare to have your senses overwhelmed by a dazzling array of colorways that will set your sneaker collection ablaze. I can already hear the collective gasp of sneakerheads worldwide.
Now, pay close attention, because I’m about to spill the tea on where you can get your hands on these holy grails. Head on over to the official adidas website if you’re residing in the land of the brave and the home of the sneakerheads – North America, to be precise. The release is scheduled for the prestigious time of 10:00 AM. Remember to mark your calendars, set your alarms, and brace yourself for the mad dash to secure a pair of these coveted sneakers. We can only wish you the best of luck in this treacherous journey.
As adidas continues to pay homage to Kobe’s undeniable sneaker legacy, it is abundantly clear that, even after all these years, his impact on the sneaker culture is stronger than ever. The Black Mamba’s flame may have been extinguished too soon, but his sneaker empire lives on, forever etched in the annals of sneaker history.