Set to release a decade and a half after its initial release, the Flywire-supported silhouette preserves the original 2009 color scheme and returns with a captivating Varsity Royal, White, and University Red color combination. Dominating the upper, “Varsity Royal” hues create a vibrant backdrop for the “University Red” pops that brighten the collar lining, laces, and trim of the pristine white profile swooshes. Clean, white accents complement the back half of the Zoom-cushioned sole unit. Meanwhile, reflective 3M stars mirror the original design, adorning the collar in a softened blue shade.
Notably, Kobe’s logo takes center stage on the tongue, while his signature adorns the lateral side. The shoe also incorporates Flywire technology and Red accents to enhance its appeal. A sentimental detail is found on the insoles, where the date “8-23-78” is showcased—this date signifies Kobe Bryant’s birthday, adding a meaningful touch to this special edition.
About Kobe 4 Protro:
The Protro edition of the Kobe 4 is nearly identical to the original. The Kobe 4s worn by Luka were a “Protro” version, which slimmed the heel shape and increased the range of the traction. The heel Zoom Air and soft phylon foam remained in the cushioning, providing lightweight bounce when landing on the heel. The upper features synthetic leather uppers, with Flywire panels in the midfoot for added lockdown. It’s a bit softer in the brand-new iteration thus giving a slightly softer feel under-foot.
Why are Kobe shoes so good?
Compared to other Nike signature shoes, the line designed for Kobe has always focused on sports performance rather than the aesthetics of Instagram or endorsements of rappers. Since Bryant switched from adidas to Nike in 2003, his signature shoes have become synonymous with performance and attention to detail