October 6, 2022


Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

These shoes once gifted from Kobe to LeBron are up for bid

Kobe Bryant was an NBA superstar in 2002 when he gave a pair of custom sneakers to a high school player named LeBron James.

It was a nice gesture from a Lakers legend-in-the making, and James was thrilled — even though the shoes were a size too small.

“It was the red-white-and-blue Kobes,” James told ESPN last year of the shoes. “I was a 15 and he was a 14, and I wore them anyway.”

James squeezed into the snug sneakers the following night and scored 35 points during an All-Star game in Philadelphia.

Those shoes are now up for bid through Heritage Auctions. Here’s what they look like:

The Mamba logo appears on the inside of the shoes once gifted from Kobe Bryant to LeBron James

The bottom of the sneakers gifted from Kobe Bryant to LeBron James feature the Adidas logo.

And here’s how the auction house describes them:

“The patriotic colorway displays the Stars & Stripes on the uppers, rubberized toe boxes, three-stripe motif on the midsoles/outer soles, Adidas on the inner tongues, and the Mamba silhouette on the insoles. The design was created to commemorate the loss of life in the recent 9/11 terror attacks. The custom shoes bear no interior tagging but exhibit fine game wear.”

Interested? Hope you have more than $20,000 handy, because that’s where the bidding currently stands. The auction closes next week.