Kobe Bryant may have called it quits from the NBA just a few months ago, but he's still one of the biggest names in all of sports, meaning brands like Nike will still hitch their wagon to the back of the superstar to help sell shoes.
While The Black Mamba won't be wearing his newest signature kicks—aptly called the Kobe A.D., which are set to release on November 21st—that didn't stop Nike from unveiling the pics of what the newest design for Kobe looks like, and, I must admit, they're pretty stylish.
Going with the usual low-cut shoe, these look made for pairing with jeans or slacks in the office more than for baggy shorts on the hardwood, which is why these new Kobe A.D.'s might be a top-3 item on my Christmas list.
Here's what the official statement from Nike about the shoes read, per Nike:
Kobe Bryant’s first post-retirement signature silhouette, the Nike Kobe A.D., continues a legacy of lightweight, low-profile on-court footwear. Combining a Zoom Air unit in the heel, Lunarlon foam in the midsole and a minimal rubber outsole (with micro-tread traction), the shoe provides responsive, flexible cushioning and maximum court feel. A breathable mesh upper with incorporated Dynamic Flywire, ensures lock down for quick changes of direction toward the basket or to cover an opponent.
“Even though I am not on the court every day, there are people around the world who are helping to keep the ‘Mamba Mentality’ alive,” says Bryant. “I have seen it in basketball, football and with everyday individuals who are working to be better and are committed to being great.”
Kobe Bryant won't be humiliating defenders in these kicks, but that doesn't mean we can't all hope to be as great as him while wearing them.
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