by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

Kobe Bryant and Christmas Day have been in a committed relationship for many years. Black Mamba’s been playing in Christmas Day games since before he was known as Black Mamba.

He’s now making himself comfortable on Dec. 26 as well.

For the second year in a row, Kobe’s signature joints will release the day after Christmas. Thanks to Foot Locker Unlocked, you can check out pics of the shoe, get info on it and download wallpapers.

As FL says, the shoe will release on Dec. 26 in the black/del sol colorway. The most notable change with this year’s shoe is that Nike has moved away from Flywire, which the Kobe IV and V used as its main selling points. A new traction is on the outsole as well, trading the herringbone style it was using for what looks like a looser impression of a honeycomb.

The shoes will be available at Foot Locker stores and online, as I’ve said twice … now three times, Dec. 26. Fans of Kobe and/or his lightweight, low cut sneaks can start their countdowns now.

Nike Zoom Kobe VI pic 1Nike Zoom Kobe VI Pic 2