Growing up a die hard Lakers fan, Kobe was the athlete to talk about and idolize. His ‘Mamba Mentality’ that made him so cold hearted on the court is something he will always be known for. With that said, after hanging it up, that same mentality arrives with the Nike Kyrie 5 ‘Mamba Mentality’. is making waves in the current NBA, with many players wanting to have that same killer instinct. To commemorate Kobe’s amazing contribution to the game of basketball, the day he retired is officially known as ‘Mamba Day’, which is held April 13th.
Nike has been releasing awesome new colorway of signature sneakers to pay homage to the Mamba himself. We’ve seen some dope signatures get the ‘Mamba Day’ colorway treatment, such as the PG 3. The Kyrie 5 is also getting a ‘Mamba Day’ colorway. It only makes sense, it’s no secret that’s Irving has admiration for Kobe so a colorway of his signature shoe to honor Bryant makes perfect sense.
Moving on to the actual kicks, the Kyrie 5 ‘Mamba Day’ features a snakeskin design engineered mesh upper. The Flytrap strap uses a plethora of colors to give it the appearance of snake scales, the middle of the strap has a snake eye on the upper most part. The tongue has a cool Kobe/Kyrie logo that was debuted on the ‘Bruce Lee’ Kyrie 3. The heel cup in the black is grey with red splatter print across. The outsole and swoosh are a bright lime green. Expect these to release Mamba Day for $130.
Nike Kyrie 5 ‘Mamba Mentality’
Style Code: AO2918-102
Release Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
h/t: Finish Line.