A First Look at the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro

Finally! A first look at the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro releasing during All-Star Weekend.

The basketball shoe that make it okay to wear low tops, the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 returns in Protro form during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Originally released in 2009, the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 proved that a light, low-cut profile could still give optimum support at the game’s highest level. It wasn’t the first low-cut Nike hoops shoe (the 1972 Bruin takes that distinction), but its impact on the game was tremendous, as it linked the low-top movement with a single player. In today’s diversely talented league, low-top shoes are now worn by every type of player, from shifty point guards to rangy forwards to powerful bigs. – Nike Inc.

The tech in the original shoe was ahead of its time. Featuring 1st Generation Flywire construction that used thin, strong nylon fibers to support the upper, which had debuted the year prior in the OG Nike Hyperdunk. There’s LunarLon foam in the forefoot, a Zoom Air unit in the heel and a full-length Phylon midsole, providing responsive cushioning.

Tech specs in the upcoming Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro brings in some updated performance features, including an adjusted vamp shape, a sleeker heel shape, wider outsole traction and a full-length Zoom Air unit!

The Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro releases February 15.



  1. These might be a bigger hit performance-wise than the Protro 1s. Can’t wait to cop.

    Albeit the Kobe 1 Protro looks far better for casual wear. Nike needs to do the entire lineup of Kobes Pre-AD though.

  2. What’s the retail? Also will these come in lots of color ways like the zk1 protro? Anyone believe these are going below retail like the zk1?

  3. Whoa! I hope I can snag a pair of these. Never hooped in the OG. That was during a time I wasn’t playing basketball. Can’t wait!

  4. Best shoes I played it, but $180… How much do I want that feeling I had when I was young and full length zoom?

    1. Wait for them to release a colorway that will sit. Just like the Kobe 1 Protro as there was a couple of CW that sat and can be got 30% off.

  5. Deff Coppin!
    What I find hilarious tho bout the excitement back in the day of a Kobe “Low” top is that these are literally the same height as the Jordan 3s, witch was considered a Mid-top. lol gotta love Nike and the stories they come up with. lol

  6. Can’t wait for these to release! I wonder how much they’re gonna retail for… $180 is still pretty steep if it’s gonna be fuse

  7. The $175 retail is BS. Even adjusted for inflation these should be $150 at best. Full Length zoom ain’t worth that much more. Hopefully Nike does more than one colorway that sits and gets discounted (cause the launch colorway will sell out because of hype)

  8. These sound great. Hoping the cushioning is even better than the Protro 1s. Excited to see what other colorways come out too.

  9. This is going to be a B E A S T. Used to wore the bred pair all day everyday, on court and off court, and now it’s re-releasing with performance update. I hope they do something with the durability of the outsole since the OG was kinda soft.

    1. LunarLite was never used in any Kobe model. Lunar Foam was used in the Kobe 4 and later re-named to LunarLon. Unfortunately, whoever wrote the tech spec description of the OG Kobe 4 for Nike did so incorrectly.

  10. I hate it that they are skipping protro 3. Kobe evne said that kobe 3 is his most important line of shoe.

      1. I would also like to see that. That is a very interesting take. The KB3 was the only shoe of his I never purchased. In fact I can only remember seeing 1 person play in that shoe, one of my best friends who is definitely a citizen of Kobestan. I would think the KB4 is the most important as its success seemed to validate playing in low tops and the subsequent large number of low tops now released by shoe companies. Plus I haven’t seen waffles on a shoe since the KB3.

      2. important only for Kobe himself maybe because of the diamond design of the 3’s were from his daughter’s name

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