Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Almost all players agree that the Nike Kobe X has exceptional traction. They are claiming that the little nodules grip the floor no matter the condition.
  • Many wearers claim that the tenth Nike Kobe is pretty comfortable to wear. According to them, they can wear these basketball shoes for hours.
  • These low-top shoes from Nike fit really well, most users declare. They say that the shoes fit true to size.
  • Nearly all reviewers are impressed at the Kobe 10’s level of support. A tester even goes as far as saying that these are the most supportive Kobes to date.
  • The combination of Lunarlon and Zoom Air delivers versatile cushioning, the majority of testers report. They claim that the low-profile setup provides both responsiveness and impact protection.
  • The upper is quite durable, a few reviewers comment.
  • These low-top Kobe basketball shoes provide excellent lockdown, most testers declare. According to them, everything just feels contained; there is no heel slip and no side-to-side movement.
  • A few players say that these Nike basketball shoes are quite light and breathable.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Most reviewers believe that the traction of the Kobe X won’t last outdoors. They claim that the nodules are very thin, soft, and pliable.
  • Because of its caged setup, a couple of testers gripe that the cushioning feels a little lackluster. They say that the Lunarlon is not as plush and the Zoom unit doesn’t compress as much.
  • Many are quick to comment that these Kobe basketball shoes are expensive.
  • Several wearers are reporting that the Nike Kobe 10 is very snug.
  • Some reviewers are complaining that the upper flexes awkwardly and it also makes an annoying popping noise during the break-in period.

Bottom line

In terms of performance, the Nike Kobe X doesn’t stray far from its predecessor the Nike Kobe 9 Low. These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes have good traction, cushioning, lockdown, support, and stability. It seems that the only major complaints about this model are its relatively cheap materials and ridiculously high price.

Overall, the tenth installment of Kobe Bryant’s signature line is a solid performer. However, don’t jump the gun just yet since you’ll get almost the same performance from older Kobe basketball shoes and cheaper signature models like the PG3 and Why Not Zer0.2.

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Rankings

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Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    The Nike Kobe X is a solid shoe, especially if your body is beginning to age. The traction was awesome, the cushion was solid, materials are not something I personally enjoy, they fit like a glove throughout most of the shoe with some minor forefoot flex issues, and stability is a key support feature that many should enjoy… young or old. Do I think they’re a must have… not really, but if we’re being honest here… then you can get by just fine with a $50 clearance model.

  • 87 / 100 | Tre Good | | Level 3 expert

    The Kobe 10 gets the job done.

  • 88 / 100 | Schwollo | Level 5 expert

    Depending on what you look for in a shoe, you might prefer the IX to the X but this is the first Kobe that I have outright liked to play in since the IV. The most important elements for me are traction, fit, and cushioning and these excel at all of them. It isn’t leaps and bounds better than IX in any category but overall it works so much better for me.

  • 87 / 100 | BBallEquips | Level 5 expert

    In conclusion, I wouldn’t say that the Nike Kobe 10 is the best of all Kobes but it’s certainly one of the top few in terms of the performance. It is a little over-priced in my opinion as the materials used on these are just not that premium for me to spend such an amount on them.

  • 83 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    The Nike Kobe X is a solid shoe, especially if your body is beginning to age. The traction was awesome, the cushion was solid, materials are not something I personally enjoy, they fit like a glove throughout most of the shoe with some minor forefoot flex issues, and stability is a key support feature that many should enjoy… young or old. Do I think they’re a must have… not really, but if we’re being honest here… then you can get by just fine with a $50 clearance model.

  • 70 / 100 | LiveforBball | | Level 5 expert

    The Nike Kobe X is a not bad all-around shoe. It lacks in some features, but some other ones compensate them. It has excellent traction, awesome support. However it has relatively weak durability along with not so effective ZOOM AIR cushioning.

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“The Kobe signature line allows us to think bold with provocative concepts that spark conversation,” Nike Creative Director and VP of Innovation Eric explains.  “Kobe’s tenth shoe is a super light, responsive, and purposeful look at high performance, high design, and high style. The work is exciting, and the collective teamwork around the project is contagious.”

The Nike Kobe 10 celebrates Bryant’s maniacal focus, extreme confidence, resilience, and his ability to strike with precision.

Bryant’s mental focus is legendary—his grueling workouts, mastery of technique, pursuit of victory, and fixation on excellence. “I like trying to do something as perfectly as possible,” he explains. “And it’s crazy, I know, and it’s not necessarily the healthiest thing in the world. But it’s what I enjoy.” This kind of maniacal approach has elevated his game to a level that only a few athletes have matched.

On the court, Bryant is a “stone cold killer.” He thrives when the pressure is at its highest, and the game is on the line. “When I think about Kobe, the word that really, really comes to the surface is ‘heart,’ Nike Designer Eric Avar says. “He just has this unbelievable will to be the best and make people around him the best.”

Despite suffering from career-jeopardizing injuries, the Black Mamba always finds a way to strike back. “You have these moments where you doubt whether you’re going to be able to get through this,” Bryant said of his rehab. “I just look at it as a process: if you stick to it, you trust in the fact that eventually, it’s going to go your way.”

Bryant’s tenth signature sneaker has been crafted with the same laser-like focus and passion; matching his heart and precision on the hardwood.

These low-top basketball shoes boast a mix of support, stability, and traction. The tenth Nike Kobe is armed with a seamless textile upper, hybrid cushioning, and advanced traction system to help Bryant slice through the staunchest of defenses.

Cushion. The Nike Kobe X is driven by superior performance. These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes boast a hybrid cushioning system that combines Lunarlon, Nike Free-inspired grooves, and a heel Zoom Air unit to enhance natural movement. This combination provides a responsive ride that is firm, soft, and flexible.

Traction. The tenth Kobe’s traction was developed under the Swoosh’s four-part formula—surface type, surface ratio, design pattern, and rubber composition. Because of this, the Kobe 10 has what can be considered as the most effective traction system Nike basketball has created in its 43-year history.

Similar to the treads on performance race car tires, the Nike Kobe 10 boasts hundreds of “nodules” that grip the floor. This new traction system works with Nike Free-inspired midsole that splays and flexes; providing maximum grip without any distractions.

Length and Width. These low-tops from Nike reportedly runs true to size. However, wearers are warning that the Kobe X runs a little narrow at the forefoot.

Lockdown. These signature Nike basketball sneakers feature a lace-up closure for a comfortable fit. At the forefoot, a carbon fiber shank increases support and responsiveness while cutting and accelerating.

The Nike Kobe 10 features a seamless textile upper that provides lightweight support and breathability. Unlike traditional mesh, the Kobe X’s advanced textile is stronger and more durable. Inside, a mesh cleatie increases the shoe’s ventilation while also providing a comfortable fit.  

According to Kobe, “Innovation drives you to new places. The KOBE X combines strong design from the past together into a modern look for the future.”

The Nike Kobe 10 features a new open-weave design that is inspired by the pattern and strength of sharkskin. The tongue boasts a nubuck fabric with a mamba-inspired snake scale pattern.

The left heel features for red lines that represents Bryant’s resilient return after a devastating Achilles injury. Doctors used four feet of stitching thread to repair his torn tendon.

Kobe Bryant’s tenth signature basketball shoe with Nike is available in the following colorways.

  • Black/Black-Persian Violet-Volt ‘Blackout’
  • Black/Bright Crimson-Anthracite
  • Black/Bright Crimson-Black-Metallic Gold
  • Black/Crimson
  • Black/Metallic Silver-Rdnt Emrld-Dark
  • Black/Multi-Color-Volt ‘All-Star’
  • Black/Radiant Emerald-Dark Grey-Metallic Silver ‘Liberty’
  • Blue Lagoon/Black-Vapor Green ‘5 AM Flight’ aka ‘Blue Lagoon’
  • Deep Emerald/Metallic Silver-Green Shock
  • Emerald Glow/Reflect Silver-Court Purple
  • Hot Lava/Sunset Glow-Black ‘Easter’
  • Metallic Gold/Black
  • Merlot/Metallic Gold-Villain Red-Total Orange ‘Silk Road’
  • Poison Green/Sequoia-Squadron Green-Volt ‘Green Vino’
  • Soar Blue/Metallic Silver-Deep Royal Blue-Green
  • Teal/Black-Bright Citrus ‘Flight’
  • Teal/Reflect Silver/Black/Wolf Grey
  • Tumbled Grey/Night Silver-White-Black
  • University Red/Reflect Silver-Photo Blue
  • University Red/White-Bright Crimson-Hot Lava ‘Majors’
  • White/Black-Wolf Grey

Nike Kobe 10 ‘5 AM Flight’

The ‘5 AM Flight’ colorway is inspired by Bryant’s 40-foot early morning jump from a diving platform. The leap symbolizes his perseverance to overcome adversity and face fear head-on.

Nike Kobe 10 ‘Blackout’

This colorway pays tribute to Bryant’s relentless workouts that require mental and physical perseverance. “When I’m really feeling it…. I work out until I black out,” Bryant says.

Nike Kobe 10 ‘Silk Road’

Bryant has connections to both Europe and Asia. He spent his childhood in Italy and as an adult, enjoys traveling to Greater China. Because of this, Nike designers thought about the legendary Silk Road and used it as inspiration for one of the Kobe X’s colorways.

Nike Kobe 10 ‘Vino’

Bryant understands that on-court success can only be achieved by solidifying the trust and bond between teammates. The Kobe X ‘Vino’ colorway is inspired by the Lakers’ off-court team dinners with wine.

Author
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.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com