Kobe Bryant grew up in Italy playing both soccer and basketball, and though he now makes his living as one of the best all-round players in the NBA, Bryant still retains his love for both sports. Nike gives the nod to Kobe’s twin passions with the Nike Kobe 8 Mambacurial, a basketball shoe inspired by the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX football boot. The eye-catching Fireberry colorway is borrowed straight from the soccer boot, finishing the Engineered Mesh upper of Kobe’s latest signature model and complemented with oversized Nike script on the medial side of each shoe. Electric-lime accenting appears at the Swoosh, tongue, sockliner and translucent outsole. “Mambacurial” print on the inside of the tongue finishes the look. The shoe is available now internationally, with a North American release set for June 7th.
Release Date: June 7th, 2013 (Friday)