The Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Mamba Day’ is Confirmed for 4.13.18 Release

April 13 marks Mamba Day, a day for celebration of all things Kobe Bryant. In just a week, expect to see a handful of Nike Basketball releases that will honor the day, including a Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Mamba Day’.

We previously reported on the shoe a few days ago; an image surfaced online of the heel showing the date 4.13.18 — the date of Kobe’s final NBA game, in which he scored 60 points. Indeed, the day marks two years since Kobe’s retirement, and it is also Mamba Day, which calls for a celebration of Kobe’s time in the National Basketball Association.

The pair is murdered out in black with a leather upper and what appears to be a suede toe rand. Touches of gold can be seen at the Swoosh, the Kobe logo on the tongues, the “XX” detailing on the laces, and on the heel stitching of 4.13.18. The insoles feature Kobe graphics.

The Nike Kobe 1 Protro ‘Mamba Day’ will be available in limited numbers on Mamba Day, April 13, for $175.

For detailed performance information on this sneaker check out Duke4005’s Nike Kobe 1 Protro Performance Review. For a comparison between the original Zoom Kobe 1 and this sneaker check out the Kobe 1 Protro deconstructed.

What is your favorite Mamba Day release that you have seen so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Black and Gold are usually automatic heat but these come off looking pretty bulky given the black used for the upper, midsole and outsole – the style used is showing its age. I prefer the original colorways.

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