MLB's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Honors Kobe Bryant & Gigi With Custom Cleats
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is paying tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant … by getting some incredible custom cleats — and he’s giving a pair to Vanessa!!!
TMZ Sports has learned … the 22-year-old star has been wanting to honor the late Lakers legend and Gigi on his feet for more than a year.
VG specifically wanted to cop the tribute cleats for the Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels series … so he hit up New Jersey artist Michael Jordan for the job.
Jordan tells us he started the project back in June to make sure the All-Star Game MVP got ’em on time — and the finished product is awesome!!!
The white and black Jordan cleats feature a detailed image of Gigi in her Mamba Academy gear and Kobe in his Lakers uniform.
It also has Gigi’s jersey #2 and both Kob’s #8 and #24 splattered on the whole sneaker — as well as their nicknames Mamba and Mambacita.
The all purple pair showcases some father and daughter moments — Kobe celebrating with Gigi after winning the 2009 Finals … and the duo sitting courtside at a Lakers game in 2019.
It also has a quote from Beyonce’s song “XO,” “your love is bright as ever” … the same song she sang at Bryant’s memorial service at the Staples Center in February 2020.
We’re told the free-handed artwork took a total of 60 hours … and VG will give the purple pair to Vanessa Bryant after the series.
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