Vanessa Byrant is upset a version of the exclusive ‘Mambacita’ shoe, in honor of her daughter, was somehow leaked out of Nike and she wants some answers!
Kobe Bryant’s wife took to Instagram to express her displeasure with a photo that leaked on social media appearing to be a person holding the exclusive pair of shoes. As you know, Vanessa announced she did NOT continue the family’s contract with Nike after Kobe’s death — and she says the shoes have not been cleared for release.
“This is a shoe I worked on in honor of my daughter, Gianna,” she said. Adding, “The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale.”
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Vanessa included a picture of the alleged shoe leak (above) and captioned it with a lengthy message threatening Nike and asking for information from fans about the possible leak.
“It was going to be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colorway on her daddy’s shoes. I picked the colors in honor of her uniform, the number 2 she wore just like her uniform, the inside pattern, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe’s signature, the inside shoe details (butterfly, wings, halo), etc,” Vanessa said.
She continued, “The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale. I wanted it to be sold to honor my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefitting our @mambamambacitasports foundation.”
Vanessa blasted the massive sports company, saying, “I did not re-sign the Nike contract to sell these shoes. (The MAMBACITA shoes were not approved to be made in the first place.) Nike has NOT sent any of these pairs to me and my girls.”
Obviously, Kobe’s wife is upset the shoes are in the hands of anyone outside of Nike, and they shouldn’t be for sale in stores.
“I do not know how someone else has their hands on shoes I designed in honor of my daughter, Gigi and we don’t,” she wrote. “I hope these shoes did not get sold. @nike,” she concluded.
It’s unclear why Kobe’s estate and family decided to end its contract with Nike, but obviously, this isn’t making things any better.