No More Kobe Bryant + Nike Partnership. What Caused The End Of An 18 Year Partnership? What’s Next For Kobe’s Shoes?

Vanessa Bryant’s desire for Nike to release more Kobe shoes has ultimately led to the end of an 18-year partnership between Kobe Bryant and Nike. After Kobe’s passing, the limited release nature of Nike’s Kobe sneakers didn’t sit well with the Bryant estate, and as of April 13th, one of the most important partnerships in footwear is now over.
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Kobe Bryant’s shoe deal with Nike is over. The same day that the Grinch Kobe 6 re-released on the 5th year anniversary of Kobe’s last game, his contract with Nike expired. Vanessa Bryant has been fighting to have more shoes produced for the fans, as well as negotiating a lifetime deal similar to what LeBron James and Michael Jordan have in place. Nike wasn’t having it. The two sides could not come to an agreement and now the future of Kobe’s footwear is uncertain. Find out who owns the logos, shoe designs, and the details around the future of Kobe’s shoes.

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