After Kobe Bryant’s retirement, Nike has ditched numbering Kobe’s new shoes, instead putting AD in their name, playing on the lettering used for numbering years, after the birth of Christ. The latest shoe in this line is the Kobe AD NXT FastFit which instantly stands out as something new for the Kobe line, because of its unique look.
The shoe has a simple thin upper, with a thin rubber midsole, which allows the shoe to be lighter than the average high top.
The shoe does gain a decent amount of wait because of Nike’s new FastFit system, however, which has only previously been used on the Air Jordan 33. The FastFit system ditches laces for a stretchy pull cord that wraps around the top of the wearer’s foot, and although in the past there have been issues over the FastFit system malfunctioning, the version on the Kobe AD NXT FF looks to have had a few changes to the system we saw on the Air Jordan 33, and so far there have been no reports of breakages.
The last few Kobe models, as well as most of the Kobe line in general, have been great performers on the court, especially because of their traction.
On the more recent model outsoles, Nike has used a thin rubber with small multi-directional nibs, that have been praised for their grip to the court, although they are not very durable when playing outside, with the nibs sometimes ripping off.
Overall the Kobe AD NXT FastFit is a very good addition to the Kobe family, so if you are interested in getting a pair, you can find it in multiple colorways, at Nike.com, for $200.