By now, sneakerheads are likely aware that the Kobe 11 is the last Nike sneaker that Kobe Bryant has worn on the court, considering that the Black Mamba recently retired from the sport of basketball. In the wake of Kobe’s retirement, the Swoosh brought back the very first unofficial signature sneaker that he laced up in prior to signing with the brand, the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4. Apart from the all-white colorway from the “Black Mamba” Pack, the most noteworthy recent iteration was the “All-Star” version. Nike is now ready to drop the Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 in a slight variation of its original color scheme.
The lightweight and simple Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 was Kobe Bryant’s very first unofficial sneaker that he began rocking on the court way before he had officially signed with Nike and the Kobe series came to be. The original blue, white and red colorway of the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 had ended up becoming achieving iconic status because Kobe had worn them during the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. More specifically, he had worn them in that year’s Western Conference where had finished the game with 20 points but had fallen short of winning the MVP Award.
Kobe’s first basketball sneaker with Nike is once again arriving at retailers in a variation of its original color combination. Much like the OG, the color palette of this upcoming sneaker once again looks quite patriotic, with its nubuck uppers predominantly dressed up in midnight navy. The ankle, heel, Huarache brand featured on the tongue and the toe box are all covered in university red. Completing the look are the white accents that can be spotted over the branding, laces, midsoles, neoprene booties and tongues. The only feature that distinguishes it from the OG is the fact that it is equipped with clean white outsoles instead of being predominantly dressed up university red.
Rumor has it that this sneaker already made its retail debut back in March this year, but only at select retailers. However, this time around this brand new Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 “UCONN,” which almost entirely resembles the model’s OG colorway, is finally hitting the shelves everywhere else on May 7th.
Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 “UCONN”
Midnight Navy/White-University Red-White
Release Date:May 7th,2016