One of the most recognizable silhouettes in the Kobe line was unveiled in early December in 2010, with the Eric Avar designed Nike Zoom Kobe 6 immediately polarizing sneakerheads everywhere. The cutthroat Black Mamba persona that Kobe had developed finally came to life on his footwear, as the Kobe 6 featured polyurethane (plastic) scales all across the upper. This was more than just an aesthetic touch for Avar, who added the scales to protect the foot from collisions, while also reducing the weight from simply just making an all polyurethane upper.
One of the first colorways of the Kobe 6 to be unveiled was a bright green version, which is now known as the “Grinch” colorway due to Bryant rocking it during that year’s Christmas game. The now-iconic color scheme launched a few days before Christmas and was spotted on celebrities in the crowd.