Kobe Bryant grew up idolizing Michael Jordan as, of course, many of us did. But Bryant also admired MJ’s signature shoe collection, and longtime designer of the ongoing offering Tinker Hatfield. One of his all-time favorites is the Air Jordan 3.
Through Bryant’s Nike Kobe 11 “Muse” Pack, Hatfield honors Bean’s great taste with a Kobe 11 inspired by the Black Cement 3’s.
“The Jordan IIIs were my all-time favorite, still my favorite to this day,” Bryant expressed. “To be able to grow up and appreciate all the Jordans and then to actually sit with the man who designed those and kind of understand how he designed them the way he did, why he designed them the way he has… That’s amazing.”
Designed to the unique specifications of the Air Jordan 3’s color blocking, this Kobe release sees added perforations in the lower tongue and distinct red embroidery in the heel and tongue as Hatfield transforms Bryant’s current model into an ode to his favorite Air Jordans.
Moreover, Hatfield added sharkskin-inspired heel construction to honor Bryant’s fearlessness and appreciation for the mercurial creature.
The Nike Kobe 11 “Tinker Muse” will be available in limited quantities on May 5 at Nike. Up next – Mark Parker’s musings. Stay tuned.