NBA athletes are among the world’s finest athletes, yet many also possess very large feet – players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Lanier both wore size 22 shoes!
DeMar Derozan stands as an exemplar. The shooting guard regularly donned Kobe’s signature line sneakers during his career and even owns multiple copies of some models.
Nike Kobe AD Exodus
Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard has worn the Nike Kobe AD Exodus all season, enjoying its lightweight feel and superior traction. Additionally, this shoe boasts FastFit technology which provides a 1-to-1 fit by tightening points along its upper.
The City of Compton colorway pays homage to DeMar Derozan’s hometown in California by featuring the date and street name where he grew up on his lace tips as well as NBA logo and DNA strand adorning each insole.
The Nike Exodus boasts a larger Zoom bag in its heel than other models for added cushioning and comfort. Now available through SNKRS app and priced at $270.
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
The Nike Kobe 5 Protro is an updated design of its predecessor that boasts sleeker heels, wider outsole traction, and a reshaped upper. Ideal for players who like running the court as well as wide feet players.
DeMar DeRozan idolized Kobe Bryant growing up and it only seemed fitting that he received a special player-edition version of Nike Kobe 5 Protro in San Antonio Spurs colors – featuring an eye-catching checkerboard pattern with zebra print paneling in various hues of gray on its upper.
Kobe 5 Protro basketball shoes are an excellent option, but may be too narrow for players with wide feet. As such, it is advised that they buy one size larger than their normal size when purchasing this model. As an alternative choice for wide foot players are Nike KyBrid S2 or LeBron Witness 6 which both come in men’s sizes 10-14 for additional support.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro is an elite basketball shoe designed to support an explosive style of play. Boasting lightweight durability and superior traction levels, DeMar Derozan has worn this sneaker since 2013.
The shoe has been upgraded with a full-length Cushlon and Zoom Turbo unit to ensure maximum comfort, responsiveness and court feel. The upper is comprised of Micromesh material featuring scale-like overlays for secure foot fit. Furthermore, there is a well-padded tongue to ease pressure during lacing adjustments for improved precision adjustments.
PJ Tucker draws his inspiration for his PE Pack of Kobe 6 Protro colorways from various sources, such as his love for Kanye West and playing bro ball in Ukraine. For instance, “Purple Cheetah” references Bryant’s debut of Nike Air Yeezy 2 on Christmas Day 2011.
Nike Zoom Kobe V
Eric Avar of Innovation Kitchen set two objectives in mind when creating Kobe’s eighth signature shoe: lightweight and low. His vision came to fruition as the Nike Zoom Kobe V completely fulfilled both parameters, changing how people viewed low-top basketball shoes across leagues.
The new sneaker was 1.4 ounces lighter than its predecessor and used Flywire and Engineered Mesh technology that provided both sleek design and exceptional breathability. Furthermore, its design was tailored specifically to be more tax-friendly by forgoing any leather materials–something NBA players are charged an increased tax rate when importing shoes made of leather compared to synthetic materials.
As soon as the Kobe 1 Protro PE made its court debut this week, young stars like Devin Booker, Ja Morant, and Karl-Anthony Towns donned their pair, they immediately responded positively – especially Devin Booker who is well acquainted with wearing low-tops during his game play. These youngsters will appreciate this return of form from this iconic line.