3 Best Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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Known for its lightweight agility, support, and responsive cushioning, Kobe’s signature basketball shoes embody his Mamba Mentality. The high school phenom who turned pro at 18 is one of the most successful endorsers of Nike shoes and a true model and icon of a basketball.

If you’re a fan of Kobe Bryant’s game and love his pushing the limits mindset, then you’ll definitely love also his impressive signature sneaker line since 2003, from Nike Mamba Fury to the Nike Kobe Elite series.

To save you time in your search, we’ve handpicked the best Kobe Bryant basketball shoes. We reviewed each model and ranked them based on their overall value, performance, and budget-friendliness. Check them all out below.

How we test basketball shoes

To make our shortlist, we have our wear-testers and editors working together to gather comparable data based on the on-court basketball game performance of each Kobe model, as well as in other sports activities. We also analyze the shoes inside our RunRepeat shoe testing lab.

Our entire selection process specifically includes:

  • Testing only those Kobe Bryant basketball sneakers that we purchase using our own personal funds. This is to maintain our policy to offer 100% transparency and unbiased reviews.
  • Cutting the Kobe shoes into pieces at the lab, and analyzing their components from upper durability, cushioning system, support, and traction, among many other parts.
  • Playing numerous basketball games and wearing testing the shoes further in other athletic activities and day-to-day active lifestyle.
  • We collect some more extensive feedback from trusted basketball shoe experts and regular players out there who have used the Kobe shoes.

Finally, to get the final rankings on this list, we use our proprietary CoreScore system to calculate the data and come up with the total score. An overall rating is then given on each Kobe model ranging from 0 to 100.

Best Kobe Bryant basketball shoes overall

Nike Mamba Rage
Nike Mamba Rage


4.5 / 5 from 2,830 users
86 / 100 from 6 experts


  • True to size
  • Close ground feel
  • Secure lockdown
  • Versatile for gym use
  • Affordable
  • Looks


  • Inconsistent traction
  • Stiff upper
  • A bit warm


Overall, these were a solid, fun option for a day on the court, although not near the ranks of my top performers. I would be happy to grab them for a solid afternoon of pickup runs. This shoe is great for is lifestyle and workouts. The aesthetic has been praised by many strangers at the gym, and it provides a nice ride to walk around every day.
Nike Mamba Rage full review

Best value Kobe Bryant basketball shoes

Nike Mamba Focus
Nike Mamba Focus


4.7 / 5 from 2,533 users
77 / 100 from 6 experts


  • Durable
  • Responsive midsole
  • Premium-looking materials
  • Satisfactory support and lockdown
  • Delivers a minimal feel
  • Great for casual wear


  • Insufficient traction
  • Stiff cushioning
  • Cheap materials


While the Nike Mamba Focus' offers premium-looking materials and sleek style, its cushioning, fit, and traction fell short in delivering what wearers expected from it. That said, basketball fans agree that this footgear is not worth having, unlike the Nike PG3 and the Adidas Dame 5, which delivers better results and retailed near the Mamba Focus' price point.
Nike Mamba Focus full review
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.