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April 13, 2016 marks a special moment in basketball history. Before making his final bow, Kobe Bryant turned back the clock and delivered an epic performance against the Utah Jazz. He scored 60 points in front of a sellout crowd at the Staples Center before bidding farewell and finally declaring “Mamba out.” That day will forever be remembered as ‘Mamba Day.’
On Mamba Day 2018, Nike launched one of the most anticipated basketball shoes of the year. The Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 features a next-generation 360-degree Flyknit upper and a dual-density drop-in midsole made of Lunarlon and the new Nike React technology.
Bryant’s legacy lives on with the Kobe AD NXT 360. These Nike basketball shoes pay tribute to the man and honor his spirit that lives within everyone.
Cushion. An MIT study revealed that an NBA player’s shooting percentage increased by two percent for every one foot of space created between the offensive player and the defender. With that in mind, designers placed emphasis on providing a sturdy base for the surest possible footing.
The Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 features the first-ever dual-density drop-in midsole that is made of a combination of Lunarlon foam and Nike React cushioning. The Lunarlon on the outer wall creates a supportive platform while the plush Nike React technology is placed directly underfoot for a comfortable ride.
This dual-density foam midsole is designed to accentuate cushioning and amplify push-offs for an ultra-fast first step. A shank plate and lateral wings are incorporated onto the drop-in midsole for enhanced midfoot support and lateral stability.
Traction. The Kobe AD NXT 360 has a thin web rubber outsole that provides lightweight traction and enhanced court feel.
Length and Width. These Kobe basketball shoes reportedly run long. Normal-footers who like a snug fit may go down half a size. Wide-footers are advised to stay true to size while extremely narrow-footers may go a full size down. However, it is still highly recommended to try these shoes in-store if possible.
Lockdown. The Kobe AD NXT 360’s foot-wrapping fit offers increased lockdown. The Flyknit’s 360-degree construction is engineered to mimic the foot’s anatomical shape for a precise fit.
The Flyknit is also designed to create a seamless connection between the playing surface and the drop-in midsole to reduce in-shoe movement and boost containment.
Making its debut on the Mercurial Vapor 360 and Mercurial Superfly 360, Nike is pushing the possibilities of performance footwear with their next-generation Flyknit technology. The 360-degree Flyknit increases the wearer’s agility and speed by bringing them closer to the ground.
The Nike Kobe AD NXT 360’s minimal construction is predicated on quickly creating space between an offensive player and their defender. Because of this, a three-part structure was designed: a 360-degree Flyknit, drop-in foam midsole, and an outsole. Excess layers were removed so that the shoes can act as a second skin and feel like an extension of the foot.
The Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 is available in several multicolored hues:
- Black/Coral-Stardust ‘Mamba Day’
- Black/Hyper Pink/White
- University Gold/Court Purple
- White/Black-Infrared 23-Volt
- White/Multi/Infrared 23
- Wolf Grey/Multi-Colour/Wolf Grey
- Yellow Strike/White ‘Lakers’ aka ‘Yellow Strike’
Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 ‘Mamba Day’
The latest iteration of Kobe Bryant’s post-retirement basketball shoe was debuted on-court by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. This black-based colorway was made available on April 13, 2018 (Mamba Day). It features iridescent branding and red accents that contrast the style perfectly well.
Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 ‘Mango’
This colorway sports a white upper with an orange outsole. An iridescent Swoosh and Kobe branding on the tongue completes the silhouette.
Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 ‘Yellow Strike’ a.k.a ‘Lakers’
The second colorway of the Kobe AD NXT 360 is inspired by Bryant’s Game 4 performance against the Phoenix Suns during the first-round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs. His memorable performance lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 3-1 series lead.
Dressed in Lakers-inspired colors, the ‘Yellow Strike’ colorway combines an all-yellow upper with a purple outsole.