As Nike prepares to celebrate Kobe Bryant on Mamba Day, April 13, in what the company has turned into a sneaker/NBA holiday, expect to see not only a complement of new Kobe sneakers, but also a pair of “Mamba Mentality” versions from both Paul George and Kyrie Irving.
In the latest images to float the Internet, the Nike Kyrie 4 “Mamba Mentality” uses black as its base before coloring over the performance model with sonic yellow and purple venom in a tie to the Nike Kobe 5. A mint outsole and purple heel bring in more Kobe 5 cues, all while a gold Swoosh marks a Mamba Day staple. Expect this shoe to cost $120 when it likely releases April 13, even though resale sites such as Kixify already have it listed for $200.
We’ve already seen what will likely be the Nike PG2 “Mamba Mentality,” a sneaker for Oklahoma City Thunder’s George based off Bryant’s sixth signature sneaker with Nike. The Kobe-centric PG2 colorway includes plenty of purple to go with crimson, blue and bright yellow. Again, no official release announcement has come from Nike, but expect a $110 sticker.
While Nike has held off officially announcing the two Mamba-loving sneakers from Irving and George, it has already let us know to watch for the Kobe AD NXT 360 “Mamba Day” on April 13, along with Kobe 1 Protro.
The AD NXT 360, for $200, uses Nike’s new 360-degree Flyknit upper, which the brand says will provide a more precise fit.
The Protro, $175, in black and gold and with “4.13.18” on the right heel, was seen on court in the NBA via Kobe-wearing DeMar DeRozan.
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