Belying its name, the deadly black mamba snake isn’t actually black. The skin of the venomous serpent is actually brown in color, similar to the faux snakeskin treatment found on this new Nike Kobe IX Elite High, appropriately enough. Along with the reptilian-patterned upper, the shoe features black waxed rope laces, as well as matching black leather at the tongue and collar. Kobe Bryant’s signature logo appears in shiny metallic fashion at the tongue, while a painted black Swoosh on the sides completes the exterior branding. The Nike Kobe IX Elite High EXT QS “Snakeskin” is available now at London’s Footpatrol. It drops stateside at select Nike retailers starting tomorrow.
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Release Date: 11/1/2014 (Tomorrow)