Spending time as a youth in Italy, Kobe Bryant grew a love for soccer. If you've been a fan of Kobe's sneakers, soccer-inspired sneakers are nothing new, but the Kobe 8's makeover as the "Mambacurial"—a mix between the Nike Kobe 8 and the Vapor Mercurial IX—might be the freshest yet. A gradient-like upper made up of Red Plum and Pink Flash is splashed with strokes of Electric Lime and white branding—sitting atop an icy lime sole. We could go on-and-on about the brilliance of this sneaker's design, and the successfully fusion of basketball and soccer uppers, but basically, these joints are fucking crazy. Enough said. As for now, they are only available as a Euro/Asia release, but pairs have surfaced on id4shoes. Right now, they'll run you $249.

[via Sneaker News]