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KOBE X Silk Shoe Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s Personal Connections to Asia and Europe

KOBE X Silk inspired by Bryant's connection to Europe and Asia and the transcontinental Silk Road.

Kobe Bryant spent his childhood years in Italy and has enjoyed traveling throughout Greater China as an adult. His connections to both the European and Asian continents led Nike designers to think about the legendary Silk Road, the inspiration for the new KOBE X Silk shoe.

Orange and Burgundy Tapestry Inspiration



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From as early as 210 B.C. to 1453 A.D., the 4,000-mile Silk Road operated as a trade route between Europe and Asia. Designers drew inspiration for the latest version of Bryant’s 10th signature style from 1st century silk tapestries that often were designed in orange and burgundy motifs. 

The KOBE X Silk will be available globally at and select retail locations on March 21.