"It just didn't fit right with everything I stood for, with the Mamba Brand." That's Kobe Bryant on the subject of retros, revealing that the future hall of famer is perpetually forward-looking, even in retirement. So while Kobe has always been opposed to reissuing one of his older signature sneakers, he would eventually assent to the idea of a performance retro. Consequently, the Mamba and Nike are now set to launch the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro, a shoe three years in the making. While the aesthetic is true to the original, the performance benefits are up to 2018 standards, including reduced weight, revised Zoom Air cushioning and a smaller carbon fiber shank for a more engineered feel. Look for the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro to launch February 17th at nike.com and select Nike retailers.
Release Date: 2/17/18 (Saturday)