Nike give the Kobe 11 a premium white reptilian makeover as a way of paying homage to this year’s Rio games. On initial inspection you’d probably be hard pressed to find a tangible link to the Olympics; the shoe is constructed of predominantly white Flyknit with snakeskin detailing on the tongue, Swoosh and heel counter. If you look closer you’ll notice that the outlines of each panel show yellow, blue or green, delivering a super subtle homage to the flag of host nation Brazil. The scaly make-up serves as a flip of Kobe’s nickname – Black Mamba becomes white snake.
The NikeLab Kobe 11 Elite 'Brazil' is available in super limited quantities via select NikeLab retailers.