Kobe Bryant’s new shoes: A tribute to Michael Jordan

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant has hung his basketball shoes. But his signature shoes will keep coming. Bryant teamed up with Nike’s famous designer Tinker Hatfield to pay homage to his idol– Michael Jordan. On Tuesday, Nike revealed the new shoes in Kobe 11 Muse Pack.

Jordan’s own signature brand of sneakers are brainchild of Hatfield. Bryant revealed that he idolized the shoes almost the same as the talisman itself during his school-days.

“Tinker has caused my parents a lot of headaches over the years,” Bryant recalls, “from being a kid and having to go find a bunch of Air Jordans.”

Bryant’s latest  Kobe 11 colorway, will hit the market on May 5, as reports the Fox Sports. Bryant also pointed out that he had a particular favorite, and explained how thrilled he was to sit with Hatfield to chalk out the design.

“The Jordan IIIs were my all-time favorite, still my favorite to this day,” he asserts. “To be able to grow up and appreciate all the Jordans and then to actually sit with the man who designed those and kind of understand how he designed them the way he did, why he designed them the way he has… That’s amazing.”

According to a cartoon by Hatfield, this shoe is also inspired by sharks. Why sharks? Because the Black Mamba loves comparing himself with the animals.

Facsimile autographs of both Bryant and Tinker feature in the inside tongue of the shoes. The swoosh logo of Nike features in the non-stitch heels, in close resemblance to the Jordan IIIs.

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