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Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Carpe Diem’ | Detailed Look and Review

Seize the day, the Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Carpe Diem’ is back in town.


While the ‘Draft Day’ and ‘Del Sol’ editions of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro have already seen their re-releases, the ‘Carpe Diem’ may be the Kobe 4 fans have been waiting for.

Sporting its black finish, gloss-finished snake scale synthetic leather and quilted collar, the ‘Carpe Diem’ Nike Kobe 4 Protro looks as good as the day they originally dropped 10 years ago.

Tech specs aren’t quite the same as the original, nor are they updated, but you’ll find a large volume heel Zoom Air unit along with a soft Phylon midsole. The Lunarlon forefoot found in the original version of the shoe is no longer present — which could actually be perceived as an updated feature depending on who you ask. ?

You can find performance information about the Nike Kobe 4 Protro in our Performance Review.

If you were looking forward to the re-release of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Carpe Diem’ then the wait is almost over. The shoe is scheduled to re-release on Saturday, June 1, for $175. They’ve been labeled as a QS release and will be sold at select retailers including PhenomGlobal.com.

2 comments
  1. How is this a protro? @nike is ripping people off in my opinion. @kobebryant should be ashamed that they put a “protro” out and not changed anything. When they first announced the protro line, and that Kobe didn’t want to just re-release his shoes, but wanted to improve them, I was beyond excited, thinking that we would get full length zoom to replace the lunar foam that lasted about 2 weeks and then bottomed out. And, with the Kobe 1, they successfully made a better shoe….. Now with the Kobe IV, which to me, was an absolute game changer in the shoe game, they complete S#!t the bed on it. Of all the shoes to cheap out on, WHY THIS ONE? ITS SO ICONIC!

    Oh, and @nike is charging how much more for this shoe than the original? $40-50? And even after the backlash when we found out that there wasn’t full length zoom, they still are gonna continue to release the shoe without any upgrades? I get it, its too late to change what they are doing, halt production and put zoom air full length in, but they should have.

    Im passionate about the Kobe line, because they were the best shoes to play in of all time, and Nike has a chance to improve on that, because each shoe had its slight short comings, which nike should have been able to identify and correct.

    Lets hope they don’t F up the 5, 6, 8 and 9.

  2. My stance hasn’t changed: I’m solely annoyed by the mark up. It can’t be justified by inflation; maybe Nike also wants this to sit above AD pricing, and at most, these are probably more limited production than the OG. It would appear FootLocker has only been doing single size runs in-store (from the two I checked).

    I picked up the Del Sol because that’s the most attachment I had to a shoe period. Like with how people would double up on the BC AJ3 and 4 — not even for resale but pure sentimentalism — the Del Sol Kobe 4 was that shoe for me (yeah, my wallet hates me). I have the OG pair, and I always wanted to be able to afford beating it up. This shoe, and this colorway, is pretty much my favoritest shoe of all time.

    Compared to the OG, like pretty much every review was saying, the “Protro” is virtually identical. Only difference I could make out is that the herringbone blades are more perpendicular and deeper whereas in the OG they have a slanted orientation. Probably makes no difference in the real world. But otherwise, being a very comparable match to the OG results in what I think to still be a really good shoe. I like it over the 11, and the NXT and NXT360. Whole lot more confidence in the traction. We can laugh at the Flywire era in hindsight, but for the Kobe 4, it fits really well (and on the 5 for that matter).

    I said before that we’re a little skewed with the Kobe 1 Protro because it was new to a lot of people. It’s an older shoe, and many people missed it as the Kobe line wasn’t booming yet. From the reviews/input I’ve seen of people who actually had the OG for comparison, it wasn’t a night-and-day difference from OG to Protro. The Kobe 1 was always pretty good shoe to start, just like the Kobe 4.

    In reality “Protro” is more like “retro without offering less than the original” — like Nike didn’t straight up remove Zoom or lessen the material quality like they have with other shoes. No, we shouldn’t be excited over that, but for the sentimentalists to these particular models, we can only be glad they didn’t butcher them.

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