Like Michael Jordan before him, Kobe Bryant is an on-court assassin who’s competitive to a fault. He’s already supremely self-motivated, but Kobe’s drive kicks into an even higher gear in the face of failure. It’s no wonder, then, that he calls the third installment of the Nike Prelude Pack — nicknamed the Misery shoe — “probably the most important shoe from the pack.” Inspired by the Lakers’ loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 Finals, this Nike Zoom Kobe III is adorned with harsh brushtrokes in clashing dark colors, reflecting the storm of emotions and “absolute misery” Kobe suffered from the series’ loss. It was a defining moment, ultimately leading to a bit of soul-searching and doubling down on Kobe’s endless reserves of determination. Consequently, he describes the shoe as his favorite. It launches December 21st.
Nike Zoom Kobe III Prelude
Style Code: 640551-005
Color: Black/Multi Color-Imperial Purple-Kumquat
Release Date: December 21, 2013 (Saturday)