A Little Nod to Kobe Up in Lights, Black Mamba Number Nikes
Kobe Bryant recently stuffed another feather in the bonnet of his illustrious career with the official retirement of not one, but two numbers. The player-honouring gesture prevents any future team members from wearing said digital distinction. With both 8 and 24 jerseys set out to pasture, Kobe is the only player with two numbers retired by the same team.
To mark this momentous occasion, Nike are offering a special edition Air Force 1 iD made from ‘Black Mamba’ snakeskin embossed leather. On top of the serpentine design there’s a hefty yellow Swoosh with a chunky 3D extrusion and heel counters sporting numbers 8 and 24. To finish off the symbolic design, the tongue sports 8 stars, a reference to the Laker’s total title tally.
The NIKEiD Air Force 1 ‘Black Mamba’ will be available from 7:30pm PT online from Nike.