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May 18, 2013 | 11:45 AM    Written By: Shaun R
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Release Date: 06/07/2013

Over the past few weeks, SneakerWatch has kept you updated on this re-designed styling of the Nike Kobe 8 System known as the "Mambacurial". Today, Nike has unveiled the official photos of the sneaker as well as some background information on the design and colorway. The inspiration comes from Kobe's upbringing in Italy during his childhood where he developed a love for soccer. The "Mambacurial" is a based on Kobe's love for the sport of basketball as well as soccer which is incorporated by Nike's new Mercurial Vapor IX football boot. 

The colorway sees a Fireberry Engineered Mesh upper which has been the typical construction for the Kobe 8. The obvious differences in this particular design is the placement of the Swoosh which has been moved to the forefoot of the silhouette instead of the side panel as well as an enlarged Nike branding seen on the medial part of the sneaker, finishing off the style. 

The "Mambacurial" Kobe 8's are set to drop June 7th but overseas sneakerheads are able to cop their pairs today.