The Nike Kobe Fade to Black series, also referred to as the Black Mamba pack, is a collection of career-spanning retro sneakers that honors every shoe worn by late NBA icon and champion Kobe Bryant. Released in honor of his retirement after the 2015-2016 season, each shoe signifies a different world city, with the locations denoted by GPS coordinates on the boxes.
A set of 13 sneakers, the Nike Kobe Fade to Black collection references the cinematic practice of ending a film through gradual darkening to black. This visual technique was an inspiration for the sneakers. The first chronological shoe worn by Bryant, the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 , was created in off-white, with following styles released in a gradation of darker shades, starting with white and ranging through shades of gray to purple, blue, and black.
The Fade to Black collection encompassed the eleven Nike Kobe signature styles as well as trailblazing performance models, including the stylish Kobe 9 Elite. Visually striking for its ombré effect and sleek, performance-driven designs, the set encompasses more than aesthetic appeal. Collectors will note the poignancy of legendary moments performed by Bryant in each silhouette, such as the Nike Kobe 11 that Bryant wore in the final game of his career.
As part of a partnership that began in 2003, Nike Kobe produced numerous sought after colorways and styles, including those from the Prelude Pack. Basketball enthusiasts and sneaker collectors can find all the best and most symbolic Nike Kobe styles on StockX.
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