In just a mere 6 days, it will have been an entire year since Kobe Bryant‘s death, a loss that will be felt for many, many more to come. And though still a difficult subject to broach for most, Nike has taken up the task of honoring the late legend by continuing his line-up of signature shoes. Soon, likely for All-Star Weekend next month, the brand will be paying tribute to Kobe 6 releases past like the “All-Star” colorway offered in 2011.
Though teased not too long ago by insiders, the pair has already appeared via official images. Its design, which follows the execution of prior offerings, remains near 1:1 with the original, its upper clad in scales of a bright red tone. A layer under, a subtle gradient dresses throughout the upper, darkening mostly at the edges in a fashion similar to a vignette. Behind, the heel counter, tongue, and midsole are treated to a polished black, while the rest of the tooling below contrasts in white and then an icy blue. What’s more, it’s likely the upcoming Protro will feature some hidden upgrades like the “Grinch” before it: Air Zoom Turbo will be hidden in the forefoot, a softer, responsive foam will furnish the heel, and the tread will arrive with an improved traction pattern.
Grab a detailed look at the Kobe 6 Protro “All-Star” below, and if it’s to further mimic the original, you can expect a release to land this February. But, as the anniversary of Kobe’s death is coming up, it’s possible we’ll be seeing a shock drop of some sort on Nike SNKRS.
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