The world collectively mourned the death of Kobe Bryant last week. The NBA All-Star tragically passed away at the age of 41 in a helicopter accident. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also a passenger on the helicopter, along with seven other victims.

Kobe meant so much to so many people, as illustrated by the outpouring of love and admiration in the streets of Los Angeles and all around the world once news of his passing started to dominate our timelines. Kobe spent all 20 seasons of his Hall of Fame career in Los Angeles, winning five championships, two Olympic gold medals, and playing as an All-Star an incredible 18 times. He was the biggest star in a city filled with them and his impact will be felt through generations of basketball players who looked up to his relentless attacking style, tireless work ethic and reverence for the sport.

Before he even signed his rookie contract, Kobe was a member of the adidas family. During his first season in Los Angeles, Kobe donned the EQT Elevation, which would later be known as the Crazy 97. He became the face of the brand’s Feet You Wear technology, and by the end of the decade, had three signature sneakers (KB8, KB8 2 and the KB8 3) featuring those technological upgrades.

Kobe’s last two sneakers with adidas were more eye-popping than previous designs. “The Kobe” debuted during the 2000-01 season and drew design inspiration from the Audi TT. “The Kobe 2,” easily the most infamous Kobe adidas collaboration, debuted the following year to lackluster reviews and all types of criticism surrounding its space-shoe look.

During Kobe’s high profile sexual assault case in Colorado, adidas severed ties and he would soon become a sneaker free agent. He was free to wear whatever he wanted on the court, and he began to rock everything from Reebok Questions to an assortment of Jordans, which were gifted to him by his idol, Michael Jordan himself. Kobe received customized versions of the Jordan III, VII, VIII and several others—all in Lakers purple and gold colorways.

Kobe signed with Nike in 2003 and the rest is history. In this post-Jordan world, Kobe and LeBron James dominate the sneaker game when it comes to NBA players. Kobe’s Nike line would become legendary for its unique designs, state of the art technology and its gradual evolution to a low-top line, a rarity for a signature basketball shoe at the time. On any given night, you can find all variations of his sneakers scraping the hardwood at arenas all over the NBA.

In light of the Mamba’s everlasting impact on the basketball world and sneaker industry, we felt it was only right to pay homage to a legend and sprinkle some of his rarest sneakers onto our list this week.

Never forget: No online retailer has the same breadth and depth of selection as Grailed. From “Vamps” to kicks inspired by the “Black Mamba” (and everything in between)—in no particular order, these are our picks for the Rarest Sneakers on Grailed This Week.

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