Over the last decade-plus, Kobe Bryant and designer Eric Avar have revolutionized basketball shoes time and again. First they went from a mid-top to a true lowtop, a relatively unprecedented move for a prominent, performance-driven basketball model. Then they went to the other extreme, creating an ultra-hightop that resembled wrestling footwear as much basketball shoes. In the process they’ve also integrated groundbreaking technologies like Flywire and Flyknit, ideas that have informed just about every basketball shoe that has come since. And now you can celebrate the entire journey, with the Nike Black Mamba Pack.
The collection will include Kobe’s eleven Nike signature shoes as well as two models — the Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 and the original Hyperdunk — that are closely associated with him. The first shoe, that Huarache 2K4, will be solid white, with each subsequent launch gradually fading toward grey and eventually black, an apt tribute as Kobe Bryant’s career slowly nears its finale on April 13.
Of course, Kobe Bryant is beloved as much internationally as stateside, and he has often found inspiration overseas. Thirteen cities are represented with GPS coordinates printed on the Nike Black Mamba Pack boxes; coordinates that, if followed, will reveal more of Bryant’s story.
The Nike Black Mamba Pack begins March 22, with the launch of the Huarache 2K4. Each shoe will be available globally in very limited quantities at select retailers and via the Nike SNKRS app. The final shoe in the collection, the Kobe 11 Black/Gold, will be worn by Bryant in his final game on April 13.