Last Monday, Kobe Bryant wore the re-release of Bryant’s first Nike signature shoe, the Kobe I. The shoe honors Kobe’s 81 point performance mixed with an art motif inspired by surrealism. A black mamba inspired upper features a snakeskin look with art on the collar and Swoosh revealing the inside of a snake. A special badge is featured on the sockliner with “81,” paying homage to the Black Mamba’s highest point total in a single game. Although he wore the original silhouette against the Raps when he torched them 9 years ago, the result wasn’t the same.
The Kobe Prelude Pack will be available in limited quantities on Nike.com (North America, Greater China and Western Europe) and at select retailers in North America and Greater China. Will they release locally? Highly doubt it. Let’s just pray to the sneaker gods and hope for the best. There’s always Hong Kong and China if they don’t.