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Nike & Kobe go from Madarin to Mango

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Nike-Kobe-9-MangoAfter their sensational sneaker symphony ‘Beethoven’ caught everyone’s eyes and ears, Nike and their new Air Jordan, Kobe Bryant have something else for their summer owning canvas of court colourway apparel for the feet.

The Kobe 9 EM, just went electromagnetic with two new flavours to refresh the August rush of enjoying the last few days of sun…and you thought those blue and orange jams where the ‘Peach’.

Mamba goes ‘Mango’ for a new bright orange look that looks and feels like something a track star would wear. Maybe one from the Netherlands. Hey, with these flexible and movable low tops they could probably get away with wearing them in their sport too, but lets not jump the starters pistol. These effervescent sneaks are stitched to a a sweet design and the dark green soles look so authentically the part that if you cut into them with a knife they’d probably bleed fruit red…but surely you’d never do that to these babies. A perfect pair so bright they could illuminate the street they can be worn on at night like downtown Tokyo neons.

Peach Cream/Bright Mango

Release Date: August 28th, 2014
Price: $160

A little further east however and we have the ‘China’ colourway that drops this weekend following the Mango’s release today. Honouring Kobe’s recent trip to the country where he’s tr
eated even more like a God…sorry Yao, these sneaker options in traditional red and yellow could outfit the feet of the Chinese national team they loNike-Kobe-9-China-sideok so authentic. If not that with their shiny metallic finish someone might want to call Iron Man as these shoes could help the superhero Avenger with his own hops. They are certainly painted the right way. These dragons are straight fire to the sunset of the beach ready Mango. 

No matter your painted poison when it comes to these perfect pumps its clear Kobe and Nike are just doing it. The corridors of the Kicks Hall Of Fame just keep squeaking because this is just too clean. Everyone else needs to step it up or keep walking. Kobe’s back. Number one with a tick!

Kobe 9 China Edition

Release Date: August 30th, 2014
Price: $180

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Jamal Murray Adidas Crazy Explosive Nuggets 50th Year Anniversary Editon

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Jamal Murray Adidas Crazy Explosive Nuggets 50th Year Anniversary Edition Holding Two

Celebrating 50 years of Denver Nuggets basketball, professional custom shoe designer Jimmy Conca (Conca Designs) partnered with the Nuggets and Adidas delivering the first of four custom pairs celebrating the team’s long history from the ABA to the NBA. Each of the unique, custom shoe releases will represent a decade of Nuggets history. Interestingly enough, Conca selected Nuggets Rookie and rising Canadian basketball player Jamal Murray’s Crazy Explosive Adidas Kicks for the special occasion.

Below are more images of these exclusive kicks which featured the Nuggets both original primary and secondary ABA logos, pay homage to the 70’s era of basketball and the origins and culture of one the ABA charter franchises.

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Kobe’s New Nike ‘Barcelona’ Sneakers Kick Game With Soccer

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Kobe 11 Mambacurial Barcelona Nike Basketball Kicks

Italy may be the European country that the Philly born Los Angeles Laker legend Kobe Bryant was raised, but he spent some of his days in the Spanish city of Barcelona too.

And now the greatest player the NBA has ever seen not named Magic or Mike has retired he won’t stop like Basketball or Jordan’s when it comes to his Nike trainers. His latest range of Elite 11 ‘Mambacurial’ sneakers kicking it with soccer.

Following in the cleat steps of his Brazil carnival ready last ‘curials, that joined the Rio 2016 Olympic party come the Barcelona’s. And in dark red and blue that Spider-Man would be proud of these yellow trimmed court slingers may be Kobe and Nike’s most classic composition since the Beethoven or what could have been Charlotte colorways. But from Turkish Airline partner Lionel Messi to their Spanish sister basketball team these new Kobe’s are for F.C. Barcelona.

And Pau.

The Kobe Elite Lows, especially the 11’s (note the number) look like soccer shoes anyway…so it’s only fitting these Bara soles are part of the uniform collection. Not to plug or to pun but rocking these Nikes really feel like walking on air, so you know that the best line since Jordan’s can toe the one between basketball and football.

Add some studs and you could see these kicks in the Nou Camp come new season. But you know Barca’s best will wear them off the floor too. Also, now none of Messi’s Kobe competing, city-to-city selfies will be complete without what’s on his feet. And when it comes to Kobe Bryant’s extended European family, you know his Gasol brother has to be sent a pair. It’s the least for his feet following his hand of Basketball God’s punch gave a struggling Spanish side the Olympic Bronze for their nation out in South America this Summer.

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These latest colourways are available to rock come the end of the week on September 8th. And the navy and crimson, black and orange trimmed Barcelona has us singing its praises in opera house tones like Queen’s late, great Freddie Mercury. Fit for a King, even LeBron has to give it up for the new Kobe’s. The capital city of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain will never look the same. Now Las Ramblas is really going to have the colour of the city walking down it.

Even if those steps belong to someone bouncing the ball in a whole different way.

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Nike To Deliver Kobe’s ‘Eulogy’ This Weekend

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That’s it for Kobe Bryant folks!

No, the retiring star hasn’t hung them up just yet (give it a couple more games…still doesn’t feel real right?), but Nike are about to drop the last in the legacy line of Bean’s legendary sneakers, before he puts them up top his locker for one last game.

And it’s fitting the last Kobe XI delivered will be called the Eulogy.

Time to mourn the loss of one of our generations great…but save the tears.

Father time may have grounded the Mamba, but these new cleats are so fresh it’s not about drawing the last of the venom or ageing like a fine vino. From it’s snake skin texture to the deep purple look for the golden moment of the Laker legends twilight.

These low top high sellers to be come weeks end are something to converse on. Chuck would be proud of these tailor made Nikes that are as intricately beautiful as each individual stitch in the shoe and moment and memory of the timeline of the career of the feet running in them. Sure when it comes to this game, whether the sport itself or the sneakers that strides through it no one is touching the air of the greatest Michael Jordan. Still the closest to M.J. in talent, Kobe is also competing with his legendary Air Jordan brand with his own revolutionary kicks by Nike.

These new signatures from Shaq’s former sidekick, come man in the middle in his own right retail at around $200, but just imagine the eBay fees they would fetch if you managed to get Bean’s Hancock autographed on this perfect pair?

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The Eulogy is the fitting testament tribute to the man whose about to walk away from this game straight through to the corridors of the Hall of Fame. Ok, lets calm down, Kobe ain’t dying, but a little bit of the soul of this great game will be when the most competitive heart that has beat a basketball since number 23 takes his last shot. When his time comes and the buzzer rings out please be upstanding and remove your hats like pregame anthems for this national treasure. And if you are good enough to wear a suit for the event, make sure you rock the Eulogies with that black tie…

…and check the blacktop heel like his summer surprise at the Rucker for the numbers 8 and 24. Now in his rafter ascension which engraving should make the epitath?

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