SHORTLY before Kobe Bryant's retirement, Nike is sending off the NBA superstar with a limited edition set of his popular sneaker line.
The 13 pairs of the Black Mamba Pack make up the official signature line of the Los Angeles Lakers guard not only aims to honor Bryant, whose last game is on April 13 (April 14, Manila time) but also to celebrate his legacy in basketball shoe design.
The partnership between Bryant and Nike designer Eric Avar has produced performance-driven and aesthetically pleasing footwear that has employed technology such as Flywire and Flyknit, gone from low to high-cut and experimented with outsoles for traction.
In each release of Bryant’s shoes — 11 signature shoes and two that have been closely tied to him (the Nike Huarache 2K4 and the original Hyperdunk from 2008) — they have made an immediate impact on and off the court and has influenced global sneaker culture.
The Black Mamba Pack celebrates this legacy. The collection slowly fades from white to black with each shoe, an appropriate metaphor leading to Bryant’s final game on April 13.
Along Bryant’s journey, he’s taken inspiration from around the world. 13 cities are represented with GPS coordinate markings in The Black Mamba Pack boxes. Athletes and fans of Bryant are encouraged to track his inspirational journey to find out the inside story and making of a HeroVillain.
The Black Mamba Pack is available beginning on March 22, starting with the Nike Huarache 2K4 in white. Each of the 13 shoes will be available globally, in limited quantities, at select retail locations and via Nike SNKRS leading into Bryant’s final game on April 13, when he’ll wear his final shoe: the KOBE 11 in black/gold.