The Kobe XI is a progressive low-top that distills Bryant’s signature legacy to its essence: high performance, lightweight, responsive and sophisticated design. Over 11 silhouettes, Bryant and Avar have set a high bar for personal narratives embedded in signature lines. The Kobe‘Achilles Heel’ is no different. The deep red and black shoe features subtle nods to the Greek hero Achilles, and Bryant’s own career arch.
Known to be invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel, Achilles’ ultimate demise resulted from an arrow to his weak point during the Trojan War. Consequently, the term 'Achilles heel,' was born. The Kobe 'Achilles Heel' features a graphic representation of the hero on the right heel, while the left features four-stitch marks representing the four feet of thread used in Bryant’s 2013 Achilles surgery.
Like the ancient greek warrior, Kobe was nearly invincible for most of his career. This collection recalls the superhuman effort that resulted in his injury- and his relentless drive that followed.
The Kobe XI 'Achilles Heel' will be available this Saturday January 9th in limited quantities at NRML (184 Rideau)!