We went one-on-one with Bryant to talk about the Zoom Kobe V.
Darren: We know you love soccer and you really want to be wearing something as low as a soccer cleat, but there were some critics who said last year that there’s a reason why a basketball shoe has been constructed like it has in the past. Why are you guys pushing the envelope more?
Bryant: What we try to do is challenge each other to make a shoe that’s better than the next. Some people might see it as more risk. To us, it’s just doing what we do. We sat down and asked how can we build something that will help me perform better?
Darren: Nike has to love this because basketball shoes are now seen as kind of clunky to wear with jeans. These low tops are performance shoes but they are also more in line with the fashion these days.