THIS DAY IN SNEAKERS
It's hard to imagine ten years have passed since Kobe Bryant lit up the scoreboard with 81 points. On 22 January 2006, wearing his first ever Nike signature shoe, the Zoom Kobe I, Bryant moved into the number two spot for most points ever in a league game.
Going 28-46 from the floor, Bryant finished the game with seven three pointers and hit 18 of 20 free throw attempts. Kobe's LA squad also closed the game strong, securing a 122-104 victory. Wearing a player-exclusive colourway of his debut Zoom Kobe I, the moment was eventually celebrated with a special '81' edition of the sneaker released shortly after the performance.
The special take on the Zoom Kobe I featured the same colour scheme rocked by Bryant on his career night, coupled with a special sockliner design to celebrate the magical moment. Fast forward to 2013, the moment was once again celebrated with the Zoom Kobe I Prelude. Now, the latest BHM collection elevates the legacy of the Kobe signature line on the tenth anniversary of his 81-point performance.