Nike’s Latest Kobe ‘Pain’ To Hit Stores On Thursday

Nike’s Latest Kobe ‘Pain’ To Hit Stores On Thursday
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Nike is back with a new release with an interesting name – the Kobe X “Pain.” The name of the shoe is inspired by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who has successfully overcome “Pain” on the court to achieve success.


For Kobe Bryant, injury is just a part of the game and this Los Angeles Laker guard has proved that right from the beginning of his playing career. The latest Nike release, which is due this Thursday, is inspired by another injury of Bryant that dates back to the senior high school years of the player.

During a high school game, the player broke his nose while diving for a ball, compelling him to play the first half of the game with a mask on, which hampered his skills and concentration resulting into a 4 for 14 outcome. In the second half, Bryant tossed off the protective shield, endured the seething pain and yet finished with 39 points in an overtime win which took his team to the state level.

The sneaker that will be available in selected outlets and surely on starting July 9 comes with a grey backdrop with orange accents. The sole is translucent and most of the upper part features a print pattern along with the Nike logo in grey. The toe box has an icy overlay and a unique detailing that can be observed on the heels. The shoe will sell for a price of $180.

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The last Nike-Kobe release, Kobe X Bright Crimson, was released on June 18. The shoe with a predominant black upper and bright crimson accent sold for the same price – $180. The Kobe X Elite was released on June 5 and retails for a hooping $225.

This Elite model is entirely black with a metallic red bronze swoosh and eyelets. The outsole is white, with a tinge of hot lava and translucent cover.