It’s no secret that Paul George was a Kobe Bryant fan growing up in Palmdale, California. His fandom eventually transferred to the Black Mamba’s sneakers, rocking multiple signature Kobe styles. A favorite for George seemed to be the Nike Kobe 8, which PG rocked in two separate seasons in 2013 and 2015.
The Kobe 8 was another example of the revolutionary footwear Kobe strived for, providing an even lighter and faster shoe than past low-top basketball sneakers. This was done via weight-shaving Engineered Mesh on the upper, which still maintained support via a Hyperfuse backing. The Kobe 8 also introduced a drop-in Lunarlon midsole that was comfortable to the point that this feature was re-used on future Kobe designs.
George seemed to have multiple colorways of the Kobe 8, including custom NIKEiD versions in yellow that matched his Pacers jersey as well as his Lakers fandom.