Growing up in Italy, Kobe Bryant was an avid basketball and soccer player and remains a dedicated soccer fan to this day. Nike pays tribute to Kobe’s love of both sports with the Kobe 8 Mambacurial, a basketball shoe inspired by the unique design of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX football boot.
The Kobe 8 Mambacurial fuses key design attributes of basketball and soccer shoe uppers and includes a number of details borrowed from the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX. The striking Fireberry colorway is taken straight from the soccer boot and applied to the Nike Engineered Mesh upper of the latest Kobe Bryant signature shoe. Oversized white “NIKE” script appears on the medial side of each shoe, and an electric-lime Swoosh shifts from the side to just over the toe. “Mambacurial” is notated on the backside of the tongue, and the upper rests atop a grass graphic and translucent green rubber outsole.
The shoe is now available at select retailers and nike.com internationally; in North America, the shoe will be available June 7.