Exclusive: Kobe Bryant’s Next Kobe 1 Protro ‘Varsity Purple’ Releases in October

The Nike Kobe 1 Protro may be the best basketball sneaker of 2018 — and it’s actually from 2006! Now, a new Kobe 1 Protro is releasing at the end of October.

Kobe Bryant worked with Nike Basketball footwear product director Tony Grosso and his team for over three years to rebuild the original Zoom Kobe 1. By eliminating pieces of the original shoe that were no longer needed, the team was able to improve the shoe’s cushioning.

“Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” said Bryant said in a statement. “I wanted to build a business that wasn’t just based on things I have done in the past. It is important that the brand stands for performance and that everything we do is innovative, even if we are releasing shoes from the past they still must be built on performance.”

The cushioning now used is a full-length Zoom Air unit (only 6.77mm thick) with a thick insole that features crash pads at the heel and forefoot. Additionally, the team was able to improve the ride in the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro by eliminating foam and decreasing the size of the carbon fiber shank.

According to Foot Locker, the next Nike Kobe 1 Protro will release on October 23 for $175 in this White/Black/Purple build that is rumored to celebrate Kobe’s 81-point game.

When we know more about this shoe we’ll update so stay tuned. Shouts to Bay Area native @pmjc_07 for the scoop!

For more check out Nightwing2303’s Kobe 1 Protro Performance Review and the Kobe 1 Protro deconstructed.

UPDATE 10/9/18: The Kobe 1 Protro ‘Black/White-Varsity Purple (pictured above and below) is the colorway that will be releasing in October, not the white/black/purple build previously reported.

kobe 1 protro black purple



  1. Nice. I hope they release the sharpshooter cw, the black with the white accents. I had those back in the day. Best classic cw of this shoe.

  2. Would love to get this CW since he dropped 81 pointed in a COMEBACK WIN.. against my Raptors. But that was during the Bosh/Primo Pasta era which was pretty pathetic.

  3. Since hardly anyone here in NYC wears Kobe Bryant shoes, and rightfully so, I may cop a pair of these to resell to one of those idiots over on NikeTalk for two large.

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