After weeks of unofficial previews, official photos of and information on the Nike Kobe 8 Mambacurial are finally available.
Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s love of soccer, the shoe essentially answers the question “What if the Mercurial Vapor IX were a basketball shoe?” While featuring the usual Kobe 8 performance innovations — Engineered Mesh upper, drop-in cushioning and the like — the shoe dons strikingly different, Mercurial boot-style visuals.
A bright magenta upper arrests the eye, starkly contrasted by electric green accents and oversized white “NIKE” script on the medial side of each shoe. The Swoosh is shifted to the toe as well, another nod to the Mercurial Vapor IX, and beneath the translucent outsole is a grass graphic, an homage to the usual soccer surface.
The Nike Kobe 8 Mambacurial release date is set for Friday, June 7 in North America; it’s already available at select retailers internationally.