Which pair of epic sneakers holds the championship belt as the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes? That is really a tough question to answer. But it is also certainly a lot of fun to try. Obviously time plays a huge role in determining the which is the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. The price tag of the most expensive shoe now may not be as much as the price tag of a Kobe shoe in the past. So, let’s compare the most expensive shoe of today with the most expensive shoe of the past.
Because any pair of sneakers released as part of the Kobe line retails or retailed between $130 to $150, the most expensive pair is a result of two major factors, the availability to the general public and the total amount released. As sneakerheads, these are two factors we know all too well. Two factors that drive the price of a Kobe signature sneaker through the roof. If one these shoes is very limited in release and only available at specific retailers across the country, you better have a lot of time and money on your hands. You will have to travel and camp out at one of these retailers to have any chance of getting that shoe. But it is also one hell of an adventure!
Kobe VI “Grinch” – At the present time this is most expensive shoe that Nike has released as part of the Kobe series of basketball shoes. These gems will cost you anywhere from $350-$400. The Kobe “Grinch” was released during the holiday season of 2010. Kobe wore them in a game on Christmas day last year on national television. In fact, several pairs were seen on the feet of celebrities like George Lopez sitting courtside in Los Angeles that day. The shoe consists of a snakeskin textured upper in a candy apple green color that has bright yellow accent. The midsole and outer sole are also candy apple green in color. Top it off with red laces and you have a masterpiece. This shoe was extremely limited in numbers produced. Hence, the high price tag.
Kobe V “Big Stage” – This is probably the most expensive Kobe shoe of the past. Released in both home and away colorways, this epic sneaker went for $450 at one time. Both home and away editions feature a metallic gold Swoosh and heel counter along with a clear translucent soles. The home edition featured a white upper while the away a black upper. In addition, Kobe’s statistics for that previous year were integrated in a subtle manner into the upper. Made specifically for Kobe to wear during the 2010 NBA Finals, the only retailer to sell them was located in Los Angeles. Talk about limited availability! The shoe was also limited to 250 pairs of each colorway. Talk about limited release!
Limited availability and a small number of shoes produced will drive the price of any pair of basketball shoes for men up. And the price of any product up. Nike shoes for basketball in general are marketed this way. Trying to get your hands on the most expensive pair of Kobe Bryant shoes is just part of the pleasure and pain of being a sneakerhead.