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77 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Outdoor friendly. Lacks a lot of cushion.
I wouldn't be recommending these too much. I mean, they're OK. They get the job done like OK but I definitely was missing my other shoes you know. My PG3s, My hardens, my Flytraps, my Kyrie 5s you know. Those other shoes.
For $100, me personally, I wouldn't recommend playing in these just because it lacks the cushion and it lacks the traction—two of the most important things to me in a shoe. Not to mention for me, the fit just wasn't good because I am a slightly wide-footer and these ran long and I still had like, that chokcing problem in the forefoot area.
Similar to LeBron James’s Soldiers and Kyrie Irving’s Flytraps, Kobe Bryant’s Mamba series gives die-hard fans a chance to own a Kobe basketball shoe at a much affordable price.
In 2019, Nike continues Bryant’s budget-friendly line with the launch of the Mamba Focus. These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes emulate the Black Mamba’s metamorphosis and allow you to recreate the Black Mamba’s signature moves on the court.
The Mamba Focus’ embossed upper provides control and stability. The shoe’s low-profile outsole is designed to keep you close to the hardwood to optimize your ability to step back, create some separation, and elevate (one of Bryant’s most devastating moves on the court).
Cushion. The Mamba Focus is designed to provide increased energy return as you give it your all on the court.
These low-top Nike basketball shoes are equipped with a Phylon midsole with a forefoot Zoom Air unit. This cushioning setup provides responsive reaction and cushions against hard landings.
Traction. The Nike Mamba Focus boasts a Mamba-inspired traction pattern that allows the wearer to move quickly in any direction. The low-profile outsole also helps you maintain a good feel for the court.
Length and Width. Testers claim that the Nike Mamba Focus runs narrow at the forefoot. Wide-footers are advised to try the shoes in-store first if possible.
Lockdown. The Mamba Focus features a lace-up closure that provides a locked-in fit. An external heel cage and molded Swoosh-shaped framework provide lightweight support and containment.
Like the Nike Kobe 6, the Nike Mamba Focus has an embossed, snakeskin-like upper that optimizes stability and containment.
The Mamba Focus features a low-top design that offers lightweight support without restricting ankle movement.
The Nike Mamba Focus emulates a snake’s metamorphosis. The embossed upper is an ode to Bryant shedding his skin to become the lethal Black Mamba on the hardwood. TPU eyelets shaped like snake eyes complete the Mamba-inspired theme.
The budget-friendly Kobe basketball shoes are available in the following color options:
- Black/Black/Anthracite/Opti Yellow
- Black/Dark Grey/White/Black
- University Red/Anthracite/Black/White
- White/Gum Light Brown/Black
Nike Mamba Focus ‘Big Stage’
In 2010, Nike basketball commemorated Kobe Bryant’s last Finals appearance by releasing a set of Kobe 5s dubbed the ‘Big Stage.’ In 2019, the colorway makes a splash in the Mamba Focus.
The Nike Mamba Focus ‘Big Stage’ features a white upper with gold accents. A translucent outsole completes the shoe’s NBA Finals-inspired look.