To describe the 8s aesthetic, it’s best to see the transition of the Kobe 4 and 5. Bryant’s eighth signature sneaker was similar to the aforementioned – in terms of evolution. The 8 was lighter, lower and sleeker compared to its predecessor. It also featured a different upper, going from Kurim to Engineered Mesh, a first for a Nike basketball sneaker. Like the 4, the 8 was known for pushing the boundaries when it came to a performance sneaker. The only downfall about the 8: Kobe tore his Achilles while wearing it against the Golden State Warriors in April of 2013.