Sneakerheads rejoice: Nike Kobe shoes are back!
Sneakerheads around the world rejoice, Kobe BryantNike’s partnership with Nike continues! A year ago, Bryant’s original deal with Nike expired, making it difficult for his family to continue collaborating and honoring Kobe’s legacy. After his tragic passing in early 2020, his wife Vanessa Bryant was left in charge of his main endorsements. His decision last year was to part ways with the sportswear company after a series of limitations on the availability of Kobe products during his retirement and after his death in January 2020 and the lack of children’s sizes. Today, Kobe Bryant’s estate and Nike have reached an agreement on a new chapter of collaboration in partnership with Vanessa Bryant. The collaboration will inspire a new generation of athletes and encourage the little ones to do even more sport.
Kobe Bryant means so much to many of us, not just NBA fans, but beyond the game. His impact in the growth of the sport, especially encouraging women and young people to play it, remains the one of his deepest and most enduring legacies. Together with Vanessa, we hope to honor Kobe and Gigi by championing a new generation for many years to come. – John Donahoe, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc.
The history of this major collaboration dates back to 2003, when Kobe decided to end his contract with adidas and join the Nike team. The collaboration gave Nike fans a new line of basketball shoes after the Michael Jordan era. Bryant resurrected the Huarache franchise, launched the Hyperdunk shoe and developed his series of basketball shoes. Along with the amazing pieces produced by Nike and Kobe, the partnership has also grown through Nike’s various donations to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Foundation and later Mambacita Sports Foundation. The foundations were very important to Kobe, where he nurtured young basketball talent and underserved communities who may face financial barriers to playing the sport. In 2017, Nike and Kobe also teamed up to create the Mamba League for boys and girls, whose goal was to enroll more female coaches and create equality between girls’ and boys’ teams. Today, the partnership will continue with the release of Kobe 6 Protro “Mambacita Sweet 16” in honor of Gigi Bryant, with all proceeds going to Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
DSCENE The team has put together a list of the best shoes from this collaboration in honor of their newly formed partnership. Check out our picks below:
Zoom Kobe 6 Protro ‘All Star’
Of course, our first on the list is the Kobe Classic. Named after the NBA All Star game when Kobe first wore this basketball shoe, the Protro All Stars is an iconic piece on and off the court.
The Nike Zoom Kobe 6 Protro ‘All Star’ brings back a special-edition colorway the Mamba himself wore during the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. This updated version of the classic low-top shoe features revised tooling, highlighted by a full-length Cushlon midsole with a large Air Zoom Turbo unit in the forefoot. Up top, polyurethane scales enhance the durability of the micro-mesh construction, finished in a gradient mix of red and black. Kobe’s signature is printed on the molded heel counter, while his personal logo adorns the tongue. – from GOAT
NBA 2K20 x Kobe 5 Protro ‘Chaos Alternate’ Gamer Exclusive
Once an exclusive for players who completed an in-game challenge on NBA 2K20, now available to everyone, the NBA2K20 X Kobe 5 Protro is a true collector’s item. The updated Kobe 5 ‘Chaos’ style comes in Grey, Fluorescent Yellow, Irresistible Purple and Black colorways with Red laces. The cushioning is provided by Air Zoom Turbo, for more comfort when playing basketball. If you’re a real sneakerhead, be quick and order your pair at flight club.
Zoom Kobe 6 ‘Lakers Gradient’
In honor of Mamba’s LA Lakers, Kobe’s sixth signature shoe comes in his club colors. A love letter to his club, the sneaker is adorned with a gradient of purple and gold with a so-called vamp covered in “islands”. The signature Swoosh sign is featured in White while the Mamba logo on the tongue is colored in Gold. A true Lakers and Kobe fan should definitely have one. If you might be a fan of other clubs, but respect Kobe’s heritage, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Check out other Nike Kobe 6 shoes here.