Kobe Bryant’s signature sneaker line with Nike is coming to an end after his estate decided to cut ties with the company after contract negotiations for an extension fell through. It looks like Vanessa Bryant and the estate are going to launch their own independent line at some point down the road.
Regarding this, why did Nike take down Kobe shoes?
What happened? There are apparently a host of reasons for the deal falling through. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, told ESPN that she “was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy.” Apparently, Nike wasn’t willing to make a deal in perpetuity.
In this way, what is Kobe’s most famous shoe?
If we’re talking “iconic,” the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 goes down as one of the most important and influential shoes from Bryant’s Nike tenure. During his first year on the Nike roster, Bryant rocked these kicks in the 2004 All-Star Game, and brought them with him on the Lakers’ journey to the 2004 NBA Finals.
How long was Kobe with Nike?
Kobe Bryant’s contract with Nike has expired after 18 years, the company and the late NBA legend’s wife Vanessa Bryant announced Monday. “Kobe Bryant was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. He pushed us and made everyone around him better,” Nike said in a statement.
“Kobes will remain an asset and increase in value over time, especially as Nike’s official partnership with the Kobe brand comes to an end, and as overall awareness of his brand and legacy continues to grow,” Wang says. Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch.” Image via Nike.
Bryant signed with Adidas before he entered the N.B.A., in 1996, then signed with Nike in 2003 after his Adidas deal ended. Even as some major sponsors dropped Bryant when he was accused of sexual assault, Nike, which had signed Bryant shortly before he was arrested, stood by him.