Nike Release Dates 2016: Kobe 11 Elite ‘Mambacurial’ Price, Photos, Design, Where To Buy Details
If there was any doubt regarding Kobe Bryant’s favorite soccer team, the Kobe 11 Elite “Mambacurial” erases it. The upcoming sneaker will come in an FC Barcelona-inspired colorway.Advertisement
The iconic hues are emblazoned across the Flyknit upper. A loud shade of blue adorns the heel and lateral midfoot while university red can be found on the medial midfoot. Both colors transition into navy blue on the forefoot and toe box area.
Nike stated that the flexible Flyknit upper on the Kobe 11 Elite “Mambacurial” is backed by quality leather detailing. The shoe has bright yellow swooshes on the sides and gum-rubber outsole.
A black Kobe logo is visible on the tongue while a bright yellow version sits atop the drop-in midsole. In true soccer fashion, the Kobe 11 Elite “Mambacurial” has a rounded emblem with five stars on its external heel. It represents Kobe’s five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, as per Kicks On Fire.
In terms of performance, the Kobe 11 Elite “Mambacurial” is expected to play similar to the regular Kobe 11 Elite. Their main difference could be in the traction department. Gum sole may prove to be more durable and grippy than translucent rubber.
According to NYJumpman23, the see-through outsole on the regular Kobe 11 Elite works fine on pristine courts. However, it turns into a dust magnet on semi-clean courts. Translucent rubber outsoles also wear down faster on rough outdoor courts.
In terms of length, the Kobe 11 Elite fits true to size. Narrow footers may not get that one-to-one fit on the sides, but the extra wiggle room does little to compromise lockdown and support.
Cushioning is taken care of by a full-length drop-in Lunarlon foam with a plush Zoom unit on the heel. The forefoot area of the foam features Nike Free-inspired grooves which provides natural range of motion and excellent court feel.
The Kobe 11 Elite “Mambacurial” will launch on September 8, priced at $220. The item will be available for purchase on Nike’s SNKRS app.