Wednesday September 9th, 2015

Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands’ unveil in key basketball sneakers.

courtesy of Nike

Brand: Nike

Sneaker: Kobe X

Signature athlete: Kobe Bryant

Colorway: Mambacurial

Story: The Mamba’s signature shoe has taken a twist away from his signature sport. With Kobe Bryant’s overseas upbringing, his love of soccer grew from an early age. The latest Kobe X creation merges basketball and soccer in a one-of-a-kind combination Nike has dubbed the Mambacurial. Mixing the silhouette and style of the Kobe X with the brand’s famed Mercurial soccer boot for a different touch on the upper, the Sept. 12 release of this hybrid creation offers up a combination in a visually grabbing black, wolf grey, and pink flash combination. While pitch-inspired, the Mambacurial remains a signature basketball sneaker.  

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Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and sneakers for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

courtesy of Nike

courtesy of Nike


courtesy of Nike

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