The Kobe 11 GS "Achilles Heel" was launched early Jan. 2016 globally and comes in university red and black, which make up the main colorway, with touches of bright crimson and metallic gold and is the baller's final on- court shoe. Bryant retires at the end of NBA's 2015 to 2016 season and Nike paid tribute to the basketball player on their official website. They compared him to the Greeek warrior, Achilles, who also happens to be the inspiration behind the shoes. "Like the ancient Greek warrior, Kobe was nearly invincible for most of his career," wrote Nike. "This collection recalls the superhuman effort that resulted in his injury and his relentless drive that followed." The overall look resembled Bryant's contribution to Nike's recent Christmas line but the sneaker's small details make the shoe stand out, revealed BR. The Nike Kobe 11 "Achilles Heel" has a graphic representation of the hero on the right heel and on the left, four stitch marks are seen. These represent the four feet of thread used in Bryant's Achilles surgery in 2013.Buyers have the option to personally customize their own pair using the website's customization program called NIKEiD, just like other signature sneakers by Nike. "Throughout my time with Nike, I've obsessed the details of my shoes," said 17-time All Star Kobe Bryant. "For the Kobe 11, we worked to perfect Flyknit for basketball."For his entire career, Kobe Bryant played for the LA Lakers. He won five NBA championships, establishing himself as one of NBA's greatest scorers. The Cheap Kobe 11 Elite "Achilles Heel" sells for $200 and is available at Nike's site and selected retail stores.