Bring Em Back: Nike Kobe 8 Elite “Black Mamba”

It feels like it was just yesterday when Kobe Bryant was playing in the NBA. Mamba madness was in full effect during his final season in the league. Graciously, Kobe went on a national tour where every team the Lakers played against showed a highlight reel of his outstanding basketball career. During his elegant departure, he performed on the court in the Nike Kobe 8 Elite “Black Mamba”.

Even though Kobe preferred playing in the lows, that didn’t stop me from wanting a pair of the original version. This shoe is very detailed with an assortment of fabrics and textures. Black/charcoal is blended with a shoe designers preciseness. The colors are quite distinct  but mesh extremely well. Similar to the black mamba snake, the black scales are reflective with a gray-like glare on the skin. Ironically, the sneaker reminds me of a boxing shoe because of the height. With Kobe retirement being 3 years old, it is definitely time to keep the retro train chugging along.

One day, the Nike Kobe 8 elite “Black Mamba” should be brought back.


Writing is a craft that LaMon "Noy" Byrams developed at a young age, but never used it on a professional level. After interning at DTLR/VILLA, the company decided to acquire his literary talents to write compelling articles focused on their latest shoes and sneakers.

August 20, 2018


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