Kicks and Colors: Nike merges Kobe X with Mercurial soccer cleat

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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