Who should wear the Nike Zoom Kobe 5

The Kobe 5 is considered to be one of the pinnacles of Kobe Bryant’s signature line. Released in 2010 and created by footwear designers Eric Avar and Matthew Nurse, the shoe gathers inspiration from low-top soccer cleats–further cementing the use of low-profile sneakers for basketball.

This pair is the perfect option for you if:

  • You're looking for a low-top shoe but could give you great ankle support in your agile performances.
  • You're intrigued by Nike's Skinwire technology that provides a beautiful and strong style.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 logo

Nike's midsole technology setup

Two Zoom Air units encased in a soft Phylon midsole make up the shoe’s cushioning system. A small unit is located at the ball of the foot, while a bigger unit is under the heel. The Phylon foam at the back of the heel is split and splays when landing, providing a soft bounce. However, the cushioning is also firm enough to let you feel the ground.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 midsole

Outsole story and structure of Nike Kobe 5

The Nike Kobe 5 is one of the first few basketball sneakers to implement a storytelling outsole. A heartbeat traction pattern is used on the shoe. Also called “flatline,” the tread pattern uses less rubber compared to the previous Kobe 4. Since the grooves are not very thick, the outsole will last longer indoors. Optimal performance will be achieved when used on clean courts.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 outsole

Effective, secure lockdown

The Kobe 5’s secure lockdown is attributed to the shoe’s conforming and second- skin upper. Sitting very closely to the foot, the Skinwire molds to its shape regardless of it being narrow or wide. Support is reinforced via an external heel counter.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 lockdown

Outstanding construction of Kobe 5

An upgrade to the Kobe IV, the upper integrates Flywire into its synthetic material through a heat-bonding process, creating a lighter and more flexible yet very supportive upper called “Skinwire”. The heel counter of the upper uses ballistic mesh, while an extra layer of fuse is added to support the high-wear areas of the shoe. The upper provides a sock-like fit that makes the wearer feel like the shoe is specifically made for them.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 backheel

The Nike Torch technology makes up the tongue, upping the shoe’s breathability and comfort. Perforations can also be found in the toe box and the sides.

A carbon fiber shank plate is placed in the midfoot, providing a stable base to stand on. Two Zoom Air units are housed within the Phylon cushioning and a huge TPU heel cup is built into the shoe to ensure zero slips.

Nike Zoom Kobe 5's strength and style

The Kobe 5’s Skinwire upper mimics the look of synthetic tendons underneath a skin of muscle thereby magnifying the beauty of subtle strength.

Modern touches are added to the shoe through the use of brightly colored fuse and mesh. The Nike swoosh is printed on both sides of the shoe while a Kobe logo is embossed on the tongue.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 10.6oz
Top: Low
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Zoom Kobe
Colorways: Grey / Black / Red / Purple / White
SKUs: 386429008 / 386429101 / 386429107 / 386429531 / 386429601 / 395780001 / 639691700 / 869454006

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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.