Kobe Bryant’s latest Nike sneaker colorway is an ode to President Obama

Kobe Bryant's new sneaker is heavily influenced by President Obama.

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant’s latest Nike Kobe X Elite "Commander" colorway is not only an ode to President Barack Obama’s infamous hoops game, but also the impact the Commander-in-Chief has had on Bryant off the floor.

Though one might assume such a colorway would be red, white and blue, to signify the United States’ colors — or even a black-and-red, Bulls-themed colorway for the president’s favorite team — the refreshing combination of black, blue and green is actually to honor President Obama’s Punahou School prep academy in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the president graduated in 1979.

The best part of the sneaker — by far — is the presidential Mamba seal on the tongue.

Bryant and President Obama’s friendship dates back over a half-decade. Bryant has been complimentary of President Obama’s basketball skills in the past, as well as talking some friendly trash about Derrick Rose.

While Kobe’s league-wide standing may be lower than ever, his shoe game is still unparalleled. The Nike Kobe X Elite "Commander" releases on October 14 for $225.

This message is POTUS-approved.

(h/t Complex and Nike)

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