heelntoe wit my nyks

In 2008, the idea of NIKEiD offering current signature basketball shoes for customization seemed like a wacky idea. Up to that point, we had seen legacy models, Huarache 2K4s and runners offered on the site, but the idea of Nike giving us the ability to mess around with a signature model seemed unfathomable at the time. That all changed Christmas 2008, when NIKEiD offered sneakerheads a chance to design the Nike Zoom Kobe 4. The catch was only 24 people would be eligible per day to design their own custom Kobe 4s. It created a buzz for the Kobes and for NIKEiD so that when the time came to open it up for everybody, there was an instant demand. Damn, Nike’s so smart.

Anyways, after a fairly conservative rollout in terms of material options and colorways with the 4, the NIKEiD Kobes have gotten bolder and crazier in the successive years. We’ve seen gradient uppers, chroma accents, Kobe codes, snakeskin overlays, multicolor Flyknit and so much more that have produced some of the most memorable Kobes ever, sometimes even topping what we see in stores.

As we continue along this celebration of all things Mamba while also continuing our Fun With NIKEiD series, let’s take a look at what the Niketalk community has put together through the years (read: Google Image Search kept sending me to Niketalk so I gave up and just went straight to the source). It’s just a small sampling of what is out there in the forums, but I think you’ll get the idea of just how creative the community got and just how many options we have in creating our own custom Mambas (one of our writers did just that last night). Hopefully whatever the Nike Kobe 11 turns out to actually look like NIKEiD will be there to knock it out of the park.

Kobe Bryant wearing a fan-designed Nike Kobe 8 iD (NBA/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant wearing a fan-designed Nike Kobe 8 iD (NBA/Getty Images)

Nike Zoom Kobe 4 iD

ridikulas
ridikulas
iceman3699
iceman3699
rocdajs
rocdajs
barry
barry
ja flash
ja flash

Nike Zoom Kobe 5 iD

never wear them
never wear them
essential1
essential1
wyse23
wyse23
NotoriousMJ23
NotoriousMJ23
BattleGround03
BattleGround03

Nike Zoom Kobe 6 iD

Daryl Fernandez
Daryl Fernandez
Nike Samples
Nike Samples
Club Lexus
Club Lexus
Nike Samples
Nike Samples
turk
turk

Nike Kobe 7 System iD

Nike Samples
Nike Samples
Nike Samples
Nike Samples
Never Wear Them
Never Wear Them
TheDooder
TheDooder
MUFCbmwbear
MUFCbmwbear

Nike Kobe 8 iD

Sk33terMcG33
Sk33terMcG33
DaReal08
DaReal08
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what
Cephas858
Cephas858
heffe
heffe
tomtom84
tomtom84
CLW50
CLW50
Mattpd9898
Mattpd9898
azillla89
azillla89

Nike Kobe 9 iD

gambino222
gambino222
Maximilian
Maximilian
bruintaf
bruintaf
waverder
waverder
lunenike
lunenike
lunar949
lunar949

Nike Kobe 10 iD

DEpast
DEpast
1nikefanboy
1nikefanboy
Ozuna23
Ozuna23
Zero23
Zero23
dmxgod
dmxgod
kaijumode
kaijumode
flyknitguy
flyknitguy
sugomaster
sugomaster