July 10, 2012 BY John Kim / 19
If you thought that the “What the Kobe” would be a grand finale of sorts for the wild Kobe VII colorways, we’re happy to report that there’s some more Black Mamba heat on the way this summer. Here’s an exclusive first look at the Nike Zoom Kobe VII ‘FCB’ Pack – a duet of Kobe VII colorways inspired by two of Spanish soccer club, FC Barcelona’s kits. While Barcelona is best recognized for its bold-striped blue and red, the club’s got a plethora of other representative colors in its past like the Yellow/Blue and Aqua Blue/Orange (remember Kobe wore these last month), which can be seen both as primary colors as well as accent pieces on its more recent threads. Both Zoom Kobe VII ‘FC Barcelona’ releases featured the FCB crest emblazoned on the inner face of the tongue as well.
Kobe Bryant’s love for international football sprouted from his childhood roots in Italy, but it was Ronaldinho, one of the sports’ biggest stars, that got Kobe to root for Barcelona and become enamored with the club’s rich history and storied success. Much like last year’s Kobe VI Barcelona releases, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII ‘Barcelona’ duo will be a Euro-exclusive at select Nike and House of Hoops retailers, with this year’s version arriving across the pond on July 21st. Stay locked in on Sneaker News for more pics of the Zoom Kobe VII “Barcelona” Pack coming soon and if you’ve got some Euro-connections, it’s time to make those calls.