Annually, through the month of August, Nike celebrates basketball legend Kobe Bryant within the type of Mamba Day. It occurs on the day that mixes each of Bryant’s jersey numbers: August 24 (a.okay.a. 8/24). That is the primary Mamba Day since Bryant’s tragic dying in January, and the Swoosh is commemorating his life and legacy by extending the celebration to a whole week. Beginning on Sunday, August 23 (which might have been the icon’s 42nd birthday), Nike will begin rolling out a particular footwear assortment that includes memorable colorways of the Kobe V Protro, together with a limited-edition jersey co-designed by Mamba himself.
First up is the “Huge Stage” sneaker, a slick black-white-and-gold version with tattoo-inspired detailing that calls out a few of Bryant’s highlights from the 2009-2010 season, when he secured his fifth championship ring. Then comes the “5X Champ”, which imagines what the gaudy championship-themed jackets given to Kobe after his second and third titles would appear like in sneaker type. The shoe options purple patent leather-based and is completed with black and gold accents.
There may be additionally a collaboration with Los Angeles-based streetwear label Undefeated: a duo of sneakers that includes shiny gold accents and daring logos. And rounding out the footwear assortment, there’s a sneaker impressed by the mythological character Medusa. (Whereas Bryant couldn’t flip anybody to stone with a glance, he may actually stare daggers with one of the best of them.)
The final merchandise within the Mamba Week assortment is a black Lakers jersey impressed by the staff’s comparatively latest black alternate jersey. The jersey was co-designed by Bryant and it includes a snakeskin print on the skin with black inside and 16 stars (one for every of the franchise championships) on the facet panels. It’s additionally been reported that the Lakers are planning on carrying the Black Mamba jersey in honor of Bryant all through the playoffs in the event that they make it previous the primary spherical.
Even earlier than Kobe’s dying, diehard hoops followers and sneakers would come out in numbers to help their beloved star. It was a testomony to his legacy and the massive influence he had on the sport of basketball in addition to the world of athletic sneaker design. The truth that Nike is pulling out all of the stops to honor Bryant once more this 12 months is simply proof that the Mamba mentality will reside ceaselessly—superbly designed sneakers and all.