The Nike Kobe 10 marked more than a decade of collaboration between Kobe Bryant and designer Eric Avar, with the same principles being intertwined in the tenth signature shoe. The shoe was low-top and lightweight like the past seven Kobe designs, although there were high-top Flyknit options much like on the Kobe 9. Additionally, the low-top version featured a textile upper that was just as durable as Flyknit.
The outsole was designed with a lot of small nodules that mimicked performance race cars, providing the traction needed for guards. The biggest change was in the cushioning set-up. Nike’s signature Zoom Air returned to the Kobe line after a short absence, providing responsiveness in the heel. The forefoot featured Lunarlon that was altered with grooves to mimic barefoot running much like the Nike Free running technology.
Bryant did his best to show out in the Kobe 10 when he started rocking the shoe in early 2015, the Black Mamba was sidelined for the rest of that season with a rotator cuff injury. The end was near for a legendary career, but more mamba moments would come in the Kobe 11.