Who should buy the Kobe A.D. NXT

The Kobe A.D. NXT is released as the immediate successor of Kobe Bryant’s first post-retirement model. A collaboration between the Black Mamba himself and Nike’s Senior Designer Eric Avar led to the birth of an innovative no-tie lockdown system that gives uncompromised low-profile support, proving once again that Nike Kobe is a top-tier shoe line.

This pair is perfect for you if:

  • You're unsatisfied with the first Kobe model and you need an improved and better pair.
  • You need an indoor pair that would assist you in your aggressive performance, but also would equip you with a stylish and stunning casual look outside of the court.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT logo

Robust midsole construction

Similar to the Kobe XI, the NXT features a full-length drop-in Lunarlon midsole that provides responsiveness in the forefoot area. It also has a thick Zoom unit that gives full impact protection to the heel.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT midsole heel

The forefoot is made flexible by the foam’s articulated bottom. The drop-in midsole provides stiffness to the shoe’s structure.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT midsole

Kobe A.D. NXT's improved outsole

The shoe uses the same micro-tread traction pattern as its predecessor; however, the Kobe A.D. NXT has it full-length while the previous one had it only in the forefoot area.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT outsole top

The NXT’s traction pattern extends to the medial side of the midsole for extra grip when making quick medial moves on-court.

Its outsole is a translucent rubber that allows the Zoom unit in the heel to be seen. The clear outsole is also outlined by white rubber. Since the outsole uses soft rubber, it is advised not to use the NXT outdoors.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT midsole bottom

Stable secure lockdown of Kobe A.D. NXT

The A.D. NXT has a one-piece cleatie construction, ensuring a glove-like fit. It also features a no-tie toggle lacing system, which involves a Flyknit shroud held in place by nylon strands that are anchored on the sides of the shoe.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT lockdown

The laces clasp and compress the upper onto the foot. On the heel is an external TPU counter that securely cups the base of the foot.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT lockdown top

Kobe A.D. NXT's impressive upper technologies

The shoe utilizes two layers of lightweight materials on its upper. The outer layer is a TPU infused Flyknit shroud. The inner layer is breathable textile mesh. Together, these two hit that sweet spot between being a supportive material and a malleable one.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT upper top

Attached to the main body of the upper is the tongue that is made of the Nike Torch material. This component brings another level of breathability and allows the upper to stretch so that it's easier to put on the shoe.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT insole

The drop-in midsole is made of Lunar foam encased in a Phylon cushion, with a Zoom Air unit under the heel. The outsole is made of translucent soft rubber.

Meaningful minimalist design of Nike Kobe A.D.

Although it takes after the Kobe A.D.’s minimalist look, the Nike Kobe A.D. NXT takes it a step further by incorporating significant elements into its subtle design. The tips of the laces are molded to look like snake heads, a clear nod to the Black Mamba.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT laces ankle

A lotus flower design, the Zen symbol of rebirth, is stitched into the center of the Flyknit shroud. On the left shoe’s heel counter are four horizontal lines that represent Kobe Bryant’s Achilles tendon injury in 2013. Other details on the shoe include Braille-like Kobe codes on the midsole of the shoe; one means unhinge while the other means end and begin. Both refer to the rebirth of Kobe’s shoe line.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT style top

The Nike Swoosh is printed on the sides of the midsole while the Kobe logo can be found on the outsole, right heel counter, and on the center of the lace toggle. Kobe A.D. NXT’s clean aesthetic brings the shoe out of the court and to the streets, making it great for on-court and off-court use.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 13oz
Base model: Nike Kobe A.D.
Top: Low
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Slip-On
Collection: Nike Kobe
Colorways: Green / Red / White / Black / Grey / Blue

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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.