An homage to Bruce Lee, this Kyrie 3 is, according to Nike, an effort to modernize the original Kobe 5 — one of Kyrie Irving’s favorite sneakers.
There are five main elements to this sneaker: the yellow and black contrasted upper (a tribute to Bruce Lee’s iconic colors), the four red slash marks, a snakeskin-inspired medial side (a nod to the black mamba) that fades into the samurai detailing on the lateral side, the new Kyrobe logo, and the samurai textile print on the lateral side (similar to what Kyrie wore for his 2016 Christmas Day win).
“Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.” Bruce Lee’s words inspired both Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving. Irving actually wore the Kobe 5 ‘Bruce Lee’ to play at the Nike Extravaganza in California several years ago.
The Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Mamba Mentality’ retails for $120 and launches on Nike SNKRS on September 15 at 10:00 AM EDT. It will also land at select retailers like Eastbay.