The Kobe Bryant farewell tour will reach a fever pitch later this evening, when the perennial All-Star bids one final goodbye to professional basketball. Nike helped commemorate Bryant’s legacy earlier this year by honoring him with the “Black Mamba” pack, whose final installment was an FTB edition of his crowning signature sneaker, the Kobe 11.
Kobe Bryant’s legendary NBA career on the court ends tonight, with the final game of the league’s regular season. Already honoring Kobe in a number of ways, including the Black Mamba collection, Nike has two special releases of his latest signature shoe launching on the night of Kobe’s final curtain call. First is the culmination of the Fade to Black collection, the Black Mamba Kobe 11 in a black and gold colorway, The black-and-gold shoe is simple in its construction and the perfect ode to his remarkable career. Gold accents contradict a tonal black upper, and appear on the mid-foot Swoosh, insole and heel, where today’s date – one that will surely go down in history – has been etched out.