After Kyrie Irving teased these sneakers himself on social media earlier this month, Nike officially unveils the Kobe Bryant-inspired Kyrie 3, dubbed “Mamba Mentality”.
In addition to Kobe, the sneakers also pay homage to late martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
Philosophical similarities like wisdom, focus and individuality are shared by both Kobe and Lee. And, Bryant and Irving are inspired by Lee’s famous words, “Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.”
This is the philosophy behind this eye-catching rendition of Irving’s signature shoe.
The special edition Kyrie 3 boasts a yellow and black contrasted upper, paying tribute to Lee’s trademark colors; four red slash marks also inspired by Lee; a snakeskin-inspired medial side representing the black mamba, fading to Samurai on the lateral side for Kyrie — a metaphorical torch passing; the new Kyrobe logo fuses Bryant and Irving’s Nike logos into one; and a samurai textile print, similar to the pattern on the initial KYRIE 3 colorway.
The Nike Kyrie 3 “Mamba Mentality” drops September 15 via SNKRS.