Who should buy the Nike Kobe A.D

This Nike basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a shoe with excellent grip both on clean and dusty courts
  • You want a pair that is easy to put on and delivers much-needed comfort

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe logo

Who should not buy the Nike Kobe A.D

Several basketball players commented that this pair needs a break-in period. So, if you want comfort straight out of the box, check out Nike Kobe 10 and the Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe midsole

Nike Kobe A.D: Responsive, flexible, and protective

Several hoopers mentioned that the Kobe A.D has excellent cushioning that provides impact protection and protection during gameplay. Some also commended the Zoom Air unit on the heel for adding responsiveness in their every move. It's not surprising given that the shoe uses a full-length Lunarlon cushion, which consists of a Lunar Foam in a Phylon case.

Nike Kobe A.D. lace

Thanks to the flex grooves on the midsole that are similar to the Nike Free series, athletes commented that this shoe has great flexibility for the forefoot.

Kobe A.D's excellent traction

The traction on the forefoot of the Kobe A.D uses a micro-tread, which splays and grips the court when the foot is flexed. The forefoot pattern is reminiscent of the traction pattern on the Nike Kobe X while the heel features a snake scale-like pattern that is similar to Nike Kobe VI.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe outsole

Athletes praise the Kobe A.D's outsole as it has a good grip on both clean and dusty surfaces.

Fits true to size, but not for narrow feet

According to verified buyers, The Kobe AD runs true to size. However, if you have wide feet, it is recommended to go half a size bigger. But if you have an average foot, you may follow your standard Nike basketball shoe sizing.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe traction

Stable lockdown technology

Proper lockdown for the Nike Kobe AD is ensured by the upper material's strength and density, as it doesn’t stretch too much on hard cuts. Because of its tight fit, it ensures that the foot does not slide within the shoe. Although the shoe has a low-top cut, it does not compromise on stability and support since the shoe also has stability-boosting features like Nike’s Dynamic Flywire technology and contoured heel counter.

Nike Kobe A.D. heel shoe

The Nike Kobe A.D. is built to last 

Due to the stiff materials used, many users agree that the shoe's upper is very durable. From forefoot to midfoot, Nike Kobe A.D.’s upper uses a stiff and breathable textile mesh. A suede overlay is used on the heel and is heavily padded with foam. The heel counter is made of a reflective TPU.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe insole

For the midsole, a full-length Lunarlon cushion is used, while the heel features an encased regular-sized Zoom Air unit. Depending on the colourway, the shoe may have an outsole that is made of solid or transparent rubber.

Nike Kobe A.D style

Although the shoe comes in vibrant colorways, the general look of the Kobe AD is very clean and minimalist. Sharp lines are stitched on the forefoot upper, while a suede material is used on the heel to make the shoe just as suitable for off-the-court use. To contrast with the shoe’s clean colors, a holographic TPU cup is installed on the heel. The shoe’s low-top cut allows for a wider range of motion for the player.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe tongue

The shoe features a unique pull tab on the heel. The interior is embossed with a snake-shaped rubber grip that helps the wearer put on the shoe easily. A DNA strand is stitched on the left shoe’s exterior pull tab. Kobe Bryant’s signature is stitched on the right.

The Nike Swoosh can be found on both sides of the shoe and the Kobe Bryant logo can also be seen on the tongue, forefoot, insole, and outsole of the shoe.

Kobe A.D's story

The shoe is technically the 12th shoe in Kobe Bryant’s signature line with Nike. However, Bryant explained that the name Kobe A.D. signified his retirement from basketball and his quest to start anew. For him, it didn’t seem logical to continue with the Kobe basketball shoe line when he is no anymore playing in the NBA.

Nike Kobe A.D. shoe back

Although secondary to how the shoe performed, Bryant expressed that the shoe’s physical look was also important to him. In an interview, he mentioned that the aesthetics of the shoe should measure up to the technology within it. He said that the sharp lines on the shoe mimic the movement of a sports car. Ultimately, he just wanted the Nike Kobe AD to look clean and embody the efficiency of its technological makeup.

Nike Kobe A.D. lockdown

Colorways of the Nike Kobe A.D

Kobe Bryant’s 12th signature shoe with Nike comes in the following colorways:

  • Black/Black-Gum Light Brown ‘Black Mamba’
  • Black/White
  • Cool Grey/White ‘Ruthless Precision’
  • Igloo/Black
  • Light Bone White/Pale Grey-Gum ‘Summer Pack’
  • Midnight Navy/Pure Platinum ‘Midnight Navy’
  • Purple Stardust/Black
  • University Red/Total Crimson-White ‘University Red’
  • White/White-Black ‘Chrome’

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘BHM’

Nike celebrates Black History Month and the 2017 All-Star festivities with the release of the Kobe A.D. ‘BHM.’ The ‘BHM’ colorway is covered in a combination a white, black, and gold. A distinct graphic pattern completes the silhouette.

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Big Stage’

This colorway takes after the Nike Kobe 5 ‘Big Stage’ that Bryant debuted in a game against the Boston Celtics during the 2010 NBA Finals. The Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Big Stage’ features a white-based upper with metallic gold accents.

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘DeRozan PE’ a.k.a. ‘City of Compton’

This PE colorway of the Nike Kobe A.D. is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Bryant’s infamous “airball game” against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 Playoffs. This career-defining game taught Bryant how to overcome adversity, and that resilience was the key to become successful on the hardwood.

The Nike Kobe A.D. ‘City of Compton’ features the date May 12, 1997 on the lace tips as a nod to the “airball game.” A special “City of Compton” graphic is found on the insoles to honor DeRozan’s roots in Compton, California.

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Flip the Switch’

The postseason is the time players “flip the switch” to unleash the energy they need for their playoff runs. The ‘Flip the Switch’ colorway of the Nike Kobe A.D. is dressed in a black-based upper with university red and hyper violet accents. The shoe’s notable feature is the cracked side Swoosh and gradient-like heel counter.

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Oregon Ducks’

These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes take inspiration from Phil Knight, Tinker Hatfield, and several other Nike employee's Alma Mater. The ‘Oregon Ducks’ colorway features a black-based upper with yellow accents. Other Oregon Ducks-inspired details include the “O” logo on the heel and a duck wing graphic that wraps the entire midsole.

Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Time to Shine’

Nike basketball provided all the remaining Nike-sponsored schools in the 2017 NCAA Tournament with a special Time to Shine collection for their upcoming matches.

Like the other models included in the collection, the Nike Kobe A.D. ‘Time to Shine’ features a distinct iridescent Swoosh and gum outsole.


Facts / Specs

Weight: 342g
Top: Low
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kobe
Colorways: Black / Blue / White / Purple / Red / Grey
Special editions: One special edition

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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.