Kicks and Colors: Nike merges Kobe X with Mercurial soccer cleat
Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands’ unveil in key basketball sneakers.
Sneaker: Kobe X
Signature athlete: Kobe Bryant
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.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and sneakers for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.