Nike’s Mamba Day — an annual event that celebrates the anniversary of Kobe Bryant‘s final NBA game — is set to be full of special releases this year, and Kyrie Irving‘s Nike Kyrie 5 will be joining in on the festivities via a new “Chaos” makeup. Continuing the interpolation of classic colorways from Bryant’s long-running signature line with modern-day Nike Basketball shoes, this new Kyrie borrows its stylings from a popular combo that graced the Nike Kobe 5 back in 2009.
The Joker-inspired sneaker’s most noticeable design feature was its dark blue and purple patent leather quarter, and that’s impeccably imparted to the Kyrie, appearing on both the tongue and the throat’s signature Venus flytrap overlay. The white mesh base is then accented by volt green detailing on the Swoosh and red speckled print that graces both the grey heel clip and the white midsole. The fusion of stars past and present is then made even more abundantly clear via the hybrid combined logos on the tongue, and a different signature on the heel of each foot: Kyrie’s graces the left shoe, while KB’s appears on the right. A volt green outsole with a singular red panel then completes the look. These new Kobe Kyries will release in both adults and kids sizes on April 13th via Nike.com alongside other homage silhouettes like Paul George‘s Nike PG 3 and LeBron James‘s Nike LeBron 16, so check out a full set of images for the grade school pair below, as well as a photo of the original “Chaos” Kobes for reference.
Nike Kyrie 5 “Mamba Mentality”
Release Date: April 13th, 2019
Style Code (Men’s): AO2918-102
Style Code (Kids): AQ2456-102
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