Release Date: January 9, 2016
Price: $200

The Nike Kobe 11 Achilles Heel is the inaugural colorway for Bryant’s last on-court shoe.

Shaded in the beloved Red and Black palette with a subtle nod to the Greek god, Achilles, in addition to Bryant’s season-ending surgery in 2013, the new sneaker is defined by its revamped upper composition with flyknit technology that includes thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) yarn for superior strength.

This component also has many properties, including elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease and abrasion. Enabling more support, responsiveness, as well as a lightweight feel, this high performance upgrade is complemented with the application of a full-length Lunarlon foam and Zoom unit in the heel for cushioning.

Incorporating a faded finish for its distinctive makeup, Black covers the rear, as additional Black accents adorn the tongue, laces and sole unit. Finishing touches include a graphic of the Greek hero on the right heel and four-stitch marks on the left. Furthermore, gold/copper accents are placed on the sheath logo located on its tongue tab.

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Author’s Take:

Renz Ofiaza, News: Compared to the 10, I actually like this model more. I like how the sole unit is more refined and of course the new composition build seems promising. I’m biased towards the colorway in general as well.