When the Black Mamba went down with a season ending injury, he took to Instagram to update his fans on his life. Occasionally, Kobe revealed new colorways of his signature sneaker on the social network like this “Blitz Blue” edition. Sneakerheads may remember one of the first colorways of the 8 to drop, the “Blue Snake” , which looks very close to this release. Three different shades of blue are used on the upper this time around. A gradient pattern, a design feature often used on Kobes, is the highlight of the upper. The second dominant color, total crimson, covers the branding and the laces. A black midsole speckled in white sits above a translucent outsole.

The Nike Kobe 8 “Blitz Blue” releases this Saturday, June 29th for $140 at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EST). Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release and check out more detailed photos below.

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