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KOBE X Blackout Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s Relentless Workouts

KOBE X Blackout combines hybrid cushioning, an advanced traction system and a seamless textile upper.

The KOBE X, Kobe Bryant’s 10th signature basketball shoe, combines technical innovation with storytelling inspired by Bryant’s drive and determination. The KOBE X Blackout shoe blends performance benefits with a storyline based on Bryant’s legendary workout routine and 19 years of fearless dedication playing for the purple and gold.

KOBE X Blackout is inspired by Bryant's fearless workout routine.

Bryant’s relentless mental and physical perseverance are key to his career success, but it’s not all glory and championships. The real work happens behind the scenes as Bryant works on his strength, conditioning, skills and mental fortitude.    

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Designer Eric Avar's sketch of the KOBE X.

“When I’m really feeling it…. I work out until I black out,” said Bryant.

That insight directly drove the narrative behind the KOBE X Blackout colorway. The Blackout features impressive performance benefits: hybrid cushioning, an advanced traction system and a seamless textile upper. As Bryant prepares for his return, his workout routine will play a significant role in recovery, while his new shoe brings inspiration and top-flight innovation to the next generation of dedicated athletes.




The KOBE X Blackout will be available globally at and select retail locations on Feb. 21. This season’s remaining two colorways of the KOBE X will be introduced over the coming weeks.