Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, designed a special signature shoe in honor of him and their daughter Gianna, which was to be released by Nike. But Vanessa hasn’t re-signed the contract with Nike, so this “special” Mambacita shoe was not yet due out but on Thursday June 3rd she posted a picture of the shoes and said “someone has already Gigi’s MAMBACITA shoe in their possession. “
“In the second photo, it looks like someone already has Gigi’s MAMBACITA shoe in their possession. If anyone can share how they have these shoes in their possession, that would be great because my daughters and I didn’t none of Gigi’s MAMBACITA shoes, ”Vanessa took to Instagram with a series of photos. In one photo, she shared a long note, while in the other, she shared the photo of the black and white Mambacita shoe.
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The photo read, “This is a shoe I worked on in honor of my daughter, Gianna. It was going to be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colorway on her daddy’s shoes. J chose the colors in honor of her uniform, the number 2 she wore just like her uniform, the pattern inside, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe’s signature, the details shoe inside (butterfly, wings, halo) etc. MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale I wanted it to be sold to honor my daughter with ALL profits to benefit our @mambamambacitasports foundation but I did not re-sign the Nike contract and decided not to sell these shoes. (MAMBACITA shoes were not approved to be made in the first place). Nike did not send any of these pairs. to me and my daughters. I don’t know how someone else got their hands on shoes that I have i designed in honor of my daughter, Gigi and us not. Hope these shoes weren’t sold. @nike “
Even though it is not known or proven how someone got the shoes, social media has started to speculate about it. One person said: “With all due respect, Vanessa has no idea how pissed off the sneaker industry is. All sneakers are stolen before general release. The resale market is insane.” While one said: “She designed a shoe for her daughter and Kobe didn’t sign the Nike deal, so they shouldn’t come out one way or another, anyone. one has a pair. “
With all due respect, Vanessa has no idea how cut off the sneaker business is. All sneakers are stolen before the general release. The resale market is crazy.
– Hedge Fund Baby … 🤑 (@packeduppapi) June 3, 2021
She designed a shoe for her daughter and Kobe didn’t sign the Nike deal, so they shouldn’t come out one way or another.
– GOAT. (@DontFoId) June 3, 2021
One person tweeted: “Nike has an explanation for it. Who else would have access to the design and the ability to do it ?? Another speculated, “I’ve been in the industry for a while. The shoes that are designed are made in small quantities (maybe 2 pairs) to show what the end product will look like. It’s a pair that has probably been stolen. “
Nike has some explanations to give. Who else would have access to the design and the ability to do it ??
– Denny ️🏀 (@iamdennyblanco) June 3, 2021
I have been in the industry for a while. The designed shoes are made in small quantities (maybe 2 pairs) to show what the final product will look like. It’s a pair that was probably stolen.
– Bobby the hateful 😂 (@ Bob10007680) June 3, 2021
On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, killing everyone on board. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves through the American sports world. Bryant and his daughter, along with the other passengers, were heading to Gianna’s basketball game at her Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif.