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!
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.