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Apr 4, 2018

Nike Kobe 1 Protro Releasing in Another Original Colorway

Nike Kobe 1 Protro White Del Sol Varsity Purple AQ2728-101

Nike is going to release another colorway of the Nike Kobe 1 Protro. Not long ago, the brand unveiled the UNDFTD x Kobe 1 Protro and are now launching in another original colorway.

This Nike Kobe 1 Protro will come dressed in all White on the uppers as well as Purple detailing on the collar and midsole. This pair will also include Black accents on the Swoosh and on the midsole. Other details includes full length Zoom Air cushioning technology for maximum comfort and Kobe branding.

Nike Kobe 1 Protro White Del Sol Varsity Purple Release Date

The Nike Kobe 1 Protro White Purple will be available for purchase at select locations on April 14th. This OG color way of the Nike Kobe 1 will retail at 5 USD. Scroll down to get a detailed look at the Nike Kobe 1 Protro.

Nike Kobe 1 Protro
Color: White/Del Sol-Varsity Purple
Release Date: April 14, 2018
Product Number: AQ2728-101
Price: 5

Note: Image used is not the Nike Kobe 1 Protro, but the original release.

Nike Kobe 1 Protro White Del Sol Varsity Purple AQ2728-101

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Mar 29, 2018

The Nike Kobe NXT 360 Gets a Release Date

Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

Featuring Nike’s new wrap-around 360-degree Flyknit construction, the Kobe NXT 360 is set to launch with a dual-density midsole, designed to enable quick cuts that result in separation from the defender. In addition to the drop-in Nike React cushioning combined with Lunarlon foam, the Kobe 360 features a naturally conformed fit. This is achieved through a wrap-around Flyknit build that’s steamed directly on the last to mimic the anatomical shape of the foot, while the harsh corners on the footbed are also eliminated. Described as the “Kobe-iest” model yet, the Nike Kobe NXT 360 hits stores on April 13th.

Release Date: 4/13/18 (Friday)

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Mar 28, 2018

Travis Scott Previews Unreleased Nike Kobe 1 Protro

Mamba Day is fast approaching on April 13th with the hope that more Kobe Protro’s are on the horizon. After releasing in a traditional OG colorway alongside an UNDFTD collaboration, the expectation is for more OG bringbacks through the modern performance retro platform intermingled with contemporary color iterations.

Travis Scott recently previewed one of the latter, a never-before-seen UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 1 Protro in purple patent leather with white accents at the Swoosh and sole. It remains unclear if this is an upcoming retail release or a sample of some kind, but Cactus Jack appears to be among the first to lay hands on them. Take a closer look below.

UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 1 Protro
UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 1 Protro

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Mar 28, 2018

Travis Scott Showcases Unreleased Nike Kobe 1 Protro

Travis Scott Nike Kobe 1 Protro Purple Patent Leather

The sneaker world was shook during All-Star Weekend when the Nike Kobe 1 Protro was unveiled. The model has managed to make headlines once more after Rapper Travis Scott posted a picture of the unreleased colorway on his social Media.

The Rapper posted a picture today of the Nike Kobe Protro x Undefeated collaboration along with a never before seen Purple colorway. This exclusive is dressed in Purple patent leather uppers with White detailing all around the shoe. In addition it includes a White outsole to contrast the rest of the shoe. Next to this pair is the Olive Undefeated x Nike Kobe Protro that leaked earlier this year.

As of today, there is no news on whether this Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Purple Patent Leather’ will be released to the public or is part of Travis Scott’s personal collection. Continue to scroll down to get a better look at the Nike Kobe Protro.

Travis Scott Nike Kobe 1 Protro Purple Patent Leather

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Mar 27, 2018

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 Adorns New Flyknit Technology

The succession of Kobe Bryant’s signature footwear collection post-retirement continues to thrive with the recent unveiling of his Kobe AD NXT 360. Officially revealed on-court by Mamba Mentality alum, DeMar DeRozan, the soccer-styled silhouette is not only a sartorial achievement, but a technical triumph as well.

Produced through an entirely new methodology for which Flyknit technology is applied, modern advancements in the 2012 produced fabric allows for the shoes upper to be constructed in a complete 360-degree form that wraps the entire foot ensuring athletes have more secure, controlled movements. Contemporary engineering allows Flyknit to act like a second skin, yet remaining protective, light and breathable.

Fans of the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 can expect the shoe on April 13 at

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Price: 0

Nike Kobe NXT 360
Nike Kobe AD NXT 360

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Mar 22, 2018

Nike Officially Reveals Kobe A.D. NXT 360

After debuting last night on the feet of DeMar DeRozan, Nike today officially reveals its all-new Kobe A.D. NXT 360.

A next-generation performance basketball shoe with clear soccer inspiration – which can be found in many Nike Kobe sneakers – a Flyknit constructed upper gives the shoe a great, snug fit. That responsive upper is set above a dual-density drop-in foam midsole made of React technology and Lunarlon cushioning. Aside from masterful tech, iridescent detailing shines at the Swoosh while a two-tone sole unit glows in vibrant coloring.

Grab a closer look at the Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360 below.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360

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Mar 22, 2018

Nike PG2 “Mamba Mentality” Takes from Nike Kobe Series

Does Paul George have the Mamba Mentality? He undeniably does. George, by many estimations, is the best two-way guard in the game. A fierce defender and an unmatched offensive threat, PG-13 sees his second signature shoe take on the Kobe Bryant labeled mentality with a budding new colorway that takes from past Nike Kobe releases.

The Nike PG2 “Mamba Mentality” is largely furnished in a “Chaos” theme, one that Nike Kobe fans know and love. It’s riddled in purple with graphic nods that ode to the Kobe 6 Prelude which featured similar design elements. References to fishing and chess are seen at the quarter paneling representative of George’s personal interests.

Grab a first look at this upcoming Nike PG2 and stay tuned for more details.

Nike PG2 "Mamba Mentality"
Nike PG2 “Mamba Mentality”

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Mar 22, 2018

DeMar DeRozan Debuted Kobe Bryant’s New Nike Signature Shoe

Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

Last night, Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan wore Kobe Bryant’s latest signature Nike shoe during a loss to LeBron’s Cavaliers. Dubbed the Kobe AD NXT 360, the sleek low-top features a next-generation Nike Flyknit upper that wraps the foot using 360-degree construction that results in a secure, second-skin fit. Enhanced cushioning comes courtesy of Nike’s Lunarlon technology, combined with a dual-density drop-in foam midsole made from Nike React. An iridescent Swoosh and translucent outsole rounds out the details. No word on a confirmed release date, but the shoe is probably expected to drop sometime this summer.

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Mar 22, 2018

DeMar DeRozan Unveils the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 Colorways

DeMar DeRozan just unveiled Kobe Bryant’s next signature shoe, the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360. The Kobe AD NXT 360 marks the third model part of the Nike Kobe AD line.

This new model features Nike’s next generation Flyknit across the uppers which also wraps the foot with a 360 degree construction for a lockdown fit, resembling that of a second skin. In addition they feature dual density drop in foam midsole which is constructed with Nike React technology and Lunarlon for cushioning and response. While you can expect various colorways to release, the pair shown features Black uppers, iridescent on the branding, Red hinted on the heel and a Blue translucent outsole.

At the time of writing, a specific release date for the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 has yet to be announced. However once we have more information we will make sure to update you. For now check out a few more images below and make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts.

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 DeMar DeRozan

Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 Release Date

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Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 Outsole

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Mar 13, 2018

Q&A // DeMar DeRozan Discusses Carrying The Nike Kobe Protro Torch

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Every young player has a superstar they idolize, pattern their game after and look to emulate. Whether it’s a hairstyle, approach on the court or even wearing their signature sneakers, trying to mold your game after the league’s most accomplished stars is nothing new.

For LA native DeMar DeRozan, that player was unmistakably Kobe Bryant.

As the Raptors’ four-time All-Star has now reached the heights of the league himself, he’s done so literally in Bryant’s footsteps along the way. He’s worn literally every model from Kobe’s line throughout his career, from the Huaraches and first three Zoom Kobes while at Compton High School, to the Kobe IV during his lone season at USC and a lengthy list of pairs later on with Toronto.

For the past several seasons, Nike has looked to DeMar to help carry the torch in a sense, building custom PEs of the Kobe AD series for the scoring 2. With Bryant’s namesake series now undergoing a “Protro” revamp, you can look for him to once again be breaking out a variety of his own personal pairs.

Nice Kicks recently caught up with DeRozan to discuss his latest batch of player exclusives from Nike, where he stores his stash of sneakers and his relationship with Kobe over the years.

Nick DePaula: As you were growing up in LA, what are some of your earliest memories of Kobe?

DeMar DeRozan: Seeing him get drafted, being bald headed, and then having the fro and every accomplishment that came with it. For me being a Laker fan, back when they played at The Forum, was the greatest thing in LA. To be able to go watch the Lakers play at The Forum are my first memories.

NDP: What kinds of things did you learn from his footwork, post game and style of play over the years as you started to develop yourown game?

DD: It was everything. I used to grow a fro out when I was young, cause he had the fro. [laughs] As a kid, we all gravitate to some player that you try to imitate or be like, and Kobe was definitely that.

NDP: You’ve been with Nike your entire career, what was the first Kobe shoe you played in and do you have any early favorites?

DD: The Huaraches were the first, but for sure my favorites are the 1s. It’s pretty cool to see them be re-released and come back out and see the response that they’re getting from people.

NDP: As a guy that’s played in Retro Jordans, Foams and a bunch of Retro stuff, what’d you think of Nike’s plan to update and upgrade the original Kobe models with the Protro concept?

DD: I thought it was awesome. I thought it was about time. [laughs] I was always wondering what it’d take for them to start retroing [Kobes]. So many dope early-on Kobes haven’t been re-released. I think it was the perfect time for them to be able to come back out, for a new generation to be able to adapt, and for the older crowd that understands, to get them too.

NDP: Of course, Kobe scored 81 back in ’06 in the Kobe 1. What do you remember about that game?

DD: I remember it being an early game. I was sitting on my bed, just at home watching the game. I remember they were losing, and the game was really not all that interesting. [laughs] It was kind of dead in there, and it wasn’t jumping like it normally was. That second half came around, and the next thing you know, I remember literally sitting on the edge of my bed watching every single shot. I was really tripping out, and wondering if I was playing a video game or something.

NDP: The last couple years, you’ll wear the new AD one game, 8s the next and then break out a Kobe 11 – how do you decide what you’re going to wear on a game-by-game basis?

DD: It’s just however I’m feeling. I got a little place in the arena that I call my “vault.” I have all types of shelves of shoes. Sometimes, I just tell my equipment manager to pick me a pair and surprise me. We have a routine now where sometimes he’ll just pick out my shoes. It’s pretty cool to have that selection of shoes, especially with it being my favorite brand of shoes.

NDP: How many pairs are in the vault?

DD: It’s shelves. You gotta get a stepladder to get them. It’s kind of ridiculous.

NDP: You have access to pretty much everything at Nike, but is there one pair of Kobes you’ve never been able to get?

DD: No. [laughs]

NDP: With Nike and Kobe really driving this idea of Protro, have you given much thought to what you would do to update some of the other Kobe models? Is there any one that sticks out that you’d like to see come back?

DD: I remember when the 3s came out, with the webbing and how they looked. At that time, it set the bar for a design. People used to look at how much those stood out, just by the design. The 3 is one of them shoes that really stood out, and I used to call them “The Spidermans.”

NDP: If you had to pick one, what’s your favorite Kobe model to play in?

DD: For some reason, I love the high-tops, the 9s. I go to them a lot. A lot of people wasn’t really on the 9s like that.

NDP: I got so used to playing in Lows after the 4 and 5, that it was hard to go back.

DD: That’s the weird thing for me too, because I’m always big on the Lows too. The 9, maybe because they stick out and how comfortable they are. People just wasn’t on them like that, but that’s still one of my favorites to go to now.

NDP: You had your own PE release of the ‘Comp10’ Kobe AD last season and now PEs of the 1 Protro – what’s it like to be headlining this new Kobe Protro series?

DD: Man… [pauses] Just you saying it, and every time that conversation comes up or I see a shoe months before they come out or I’m told an idea, it still trips me out. I grew up watching him and idolizing his game, then playing against him and playing in his last All-Star game with him. It’s a shoe [series] I’ve worn my whole career. To have that really come full circle is definitely something I can’t even put into words.

NDP: You mentioned playing against him in his last All-Star Game. Is there a moment that really sticks out for you on the court against him?

DD: We played in LA once, and we had the game won. He pulls off one of those crazy games and forced the game into overtime. He ended up winning the game and had like forty-something. That’s one of those games – I remember every single shot he took, you could hear the crowd gasping while the ball was in the air, and you could hear the excitement as soon as it went through the net. It was one of the craziest atmospheres. You just saw him willing himself to the win.

NDP: Away from the game, is there anything he’s helped you with advice wise? 

DD: Kob is kind of like the Bat Signal. If I need him, I just put the Bat Signal up. [laughs] He’ll be there for sure. It’s not one of those relationships where I abuse his time. When we have a conversation and talk about something, or something arises, the mutual respect is always there. Whenever we see eachother or do speak, it’s definitely something that can last for a long time until I need him again.

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Mar 11, 2018

DeMar DeRozan Wears the Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Mamba Day’

DeMar DeRozan Nike Kobe 1 Protro Mamba Day

On March 9th, DeMar DeRozan wore the Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Mamba Day’ while playing against the Houston Rockets. During the game he racked up 23 points helping the Raptors beat the Rockets, 108-105.

Looking closer at the ‘Mamba Day’ Nike Kobe 1 Protro, they feature a Black and Gold color combination. In addition they feature Kobe’s Achilles stitch lines on the left heel while the right heel reads ‘4.13.18’ which marks the 2 year Anniversary of Bryant’s final game.

At the time of writing it isn’t known if the Nike Kobe 1 Protro Mamba Day will release or stay an exclusive to DeRozan. However once information is available we will make sure to provide the updates. For now you can check out more images which will show you how they look on court.

DeMar DeRozan Nike Kobe 1 Protro Mamba Day

DeMar DeRozan Nike Kobe 1 Protro Mamba Day

DeMar DeRozan Nike Kobe 1 Protro Mamba Day

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Mar 6, 2018

8 Athletes We’d Like to See Carry on the Kobe Protro Legacy

Kobe Bryant is retired from the NBA, but his sneakers are still a staple on court.

After a somewhat disappointing retirement line with the AD line, the Black Mamba and Nike have totally redeemed themselves with the ultra exciting Protro series.

Returning to the roots of the retros but upgrading each model with modern performance edge, this line looks to stand for the legacy Kobe and Avar built over the years while staying true to their top of the line tech and innovate first Mamba Mentality.

While Kobe won’t be lacing up his reloaded retros on court, we’ve got eight ideas for who should carry the Protro series.

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 11 "Last Emperor"

Compton’s own DeMar DeRozan has been ballin’ out in Kobes since his college career at USC.

Now a perennial All-Star in T Dot, the two-guard has been channelling the Black Mamba on foot and in the stat sheet, lighting the league up in scoring.

Already equipped to carry on tradition, DeRozan turned heads at All-Star Weekend by rocking UNDFTD camo takes on the Kobe 1 Protro in limited and PE fashion.

Here’s to hoping he gets many more Protro PEs to come.

Devin Booker

Devin Booker in the Nike Kobe X

Devin Booker and James Harden in the Nike Kobe 11 and the adidas Crazy Light Boost 2.5, respectively

Devin Booker in the Nike Kobe X

Hot take coming, you ready? Devin Booker may be better at 21 than Kobe.

Debatable? Sure. But don’t let playing for a lesser franchise in regards to visibility and record detract from the fact that the youngin’ already has a 70 point performance on his resume.

Already a proven and polished scorer with a drive to get better and dedication to the details, D Book is another son-of-a-pro player capable of getting buckets in Avar designs.

De’Aaron Fox

Just like Michael Jordan had Mike Bibby on his roster, the Mamba men need a point guard on the rise.

Who better than De’Aaron Fox?

Rocking Kobes in high school, college and the pros, the Sacramento star on the rise would be a great West Coast extension of Kobe’s kick catalog once retooled.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is already set to see his own signature shoe.

Until then he should push Protros.

Popping up at All-Star Weekend in his own UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 1 Protro PE, we’d love to see the Greek Freek lace upgraded takes on the Kobe 3 and other oddities from the Avar archive before he scores his own sig.

Gary Harris

Gary Harris wearing the Nike Kobe 11 "Last Emperor"

A star on the rise, it’s safe to say that Gary Harris is the type of player Kobe would like to have on his team.

Scoring with the best of them at Michigan State, the Denver do-it-all guard has reinvented himself as a lockdown defender only to re-find his ability to fill it up.

An out of this world athlete, G would be the perfect player to relaunch retooled low tops from the Protro line.

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas' Nike Kobe 11 iD

Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV "Fade to Black"

The son of a Lakers fan, Isaiah Thomas has landed in LaLa Land.

While the KOC favorite was best known for rocking retro Js at Washington, since hitting his pro prime he’s been all about the Mamba line.

His archive Kobe 4s have been falling apart on the court, what better reason to lace him with some upgraded Protros?

Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza and Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV "Fade to Black" and a Nike Kobe 11 PE, respectively

Once a rising star blossoming under the tutelage of Kobe, Trevor Ariza is now a savvy vet.

Just like Jordan Brand picked up older ambassadors of the game like Juwan Howard, Ariza’s winning ways would make perfect sense for Protro.

Kobe loves a contender, right?

Kyle Kuzma

Just like a blossoming Bean, Kyle Kuzma does not lack confidence a single bit.

Already outshining any expectations placed on his rookie season, the stretch forward is reshaping the archetype for his position just like Kobe added athleticism and IQ to the wing.

Seen in everything from custom ADs to engineered mesh favorites out of rotation, lacing Kuz in purple PEs and MPLS remakes couldn’t make much more sense.

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