New edition of Kobe Bryant’s “Kobe 8″ Nike shoes unveiled

Nike released the newest editions of Kobe's latest shoes, dubbed "The Pit Viper." (Courtesy Nike)

Nike released the newest editions of Kobe’s latest shoes, dubbed “The Pit Viper.” (Courtesy Kicks on Fire)

Now more than ever, the shoes Kobe Bryant wears could play a large part in his success.

That’s why in the midst of rehabbing from his torn left Achilles tendon, Bryant had Nike custom-make a pair of shoes so that he’d have a comfortable fit without compromising his recovery process. Meanwhile, “Kicks on Fire” released a teaser on Bryant’s “Pit Viper” edition of the popular “Kobe 8′s.” Beyond the commercial appeal Nike provides, Bryant has frequently lauded the shoe because of the light fit that allows him both to move with ease on the court while providing enough protection and comfort.

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  • Sir Mitch

    Kobe should have learned a lesson from his injury last season,Time for Mid-Cuts or Hightops…

  • Troy

    It is not the shoe, that got Kobe injured, plenty of other player got injured wearing hightops – Chauncey Billups and Dom. Wilkins.