Today, the Los Angeles Lakers will be honoring Kobe Bryant as the team will retire both his number 8 and 24 jerseys. Nike will take the celebration a step further with the launch of a special “Black Mamba” Air Force 1 in addition to a selection of T-shirts. The Swoosh has picked the sneaker’s low iteration to welcome a special snakeskin-like upper to carry on its “Black Mamba” aesthetic. In addition, you’ll find a drop shadow Swoosh design to add a little flair while Bryant’s 8 and 24 numbers are added to the left and right heel respectively. As you move onto the tongue, Nike adds eight stars to each sneaker as a nod to the total of titles won by the Lakers.
This special edition NIKEiD version of the Air Force 1 Low comes dressed in a Black Mamba-inspired snakeskin upper. The coolest part of the shoe can be found on the heels which come equipped with his 8 and 24 jersey numbers. More Yellow accents can be found on the embroidered outline of the Swoosh branding. Six tonal Black stars are placed on the tongue, while the Black sole provides the shoe with an all-Black motif.