This updated version of the Zoom Kobe 1 manages to keep the aesthetics of the shoe unchanged while upgrading the shoe’s tech. What you end up getting is a shoe with a “retro” look and a modern feel. Nike Basketball footwear product director Tony Grosso and his team focused on reducing weight and evolving production to eliminate pieces of the original Zoom Kobe 1 that were no longer needed. The shoe also comes with improved cushioning. Nike Zoom Air has come a long way in the last 13 years and the team was able to use those advances to add a better system for performance athletes, specifically in the form of a Zoom bag setup with a rocker and ride that is smoother than the original. The “ride” of the shoe is also improved by eliminating foam and decreasing the size of the carbon fiber shank to create a more engineered feel.