Remember when shoes were the most utilitarian form of clothing ever? A sartorial afterthought. Things you wore to avoid social exclusion, looking homeless, stepping on glass or rolling your ankle? Neither can I. Nowadays there’s a whole lifestyle based around them, shoes! Nowadays sneakers are the subject of mini-films helmed by actual directors and populated by veteran thespians.

Exhibit A is “The Black Mamba”, moniker of Lakers linchpin Kobe Bryant and the title of Nike’s Robert Rodriguez directed short for the Zoom Kobe VI sneaker. Official trailer is below with cameos from a scrubbed up Bruce Willis and Rodriguez regular Danny Trejo who does “craggy antagonist” in his sleep. If he ever does sleep. Think about that then press play for a casual game of ARMAGEDDON BALL.