Update August 10, 2023: The SNKRS ‘Live From the Archive’ episode answered some questions for fans looking forward to the full return of the Nike Kobe Line. The episode occurred at the Department of Nike Archives (DNA) in Beaverton, OR., and featured commentary from Design Manager Brian Moughty, Sr. Product Line Manager Bronson Yim, Creative Innovation Director Eric Avar, and Deadstock Coffee owner Ian Williams.
Update August 9, 2023: Nike and Vanessa Bryant both took to Instagram to share that the Kobe 8 Protro “Halo” is releasing on August 23 for $180. Vanessa also shared that more “Halo” releases are coming later. The new colorway will be officially unveiled on SNKRS ‘Live From the Archive’ on August 10.
After the renewal of the Nike and Kobe partnership in March, fans hoped that this would lead to more accessibility with the Kobe line after Vanessa Bryant lambasted the limited nature of the line’s releases. It looks like this may be coming to fruition, as rumors are swirling that the popular Nike Kobe 8 is getting the Protro remix next fall.
The sneaker was originally released in 2012 during what many call the heyday of Nike Basketball and became one of Kobe’s most popular silhouettes due to his continued striving for the lowest and lightest sneaker possible and popular colorways like the “What the Kobe” colorway that Nike’s rumored next signature star and All-NBA guard Ja Morant wears regularly, “Christmas,” and “Milk Snake.” It is also notable that with the rumored return of the Nike Kobe 8, the Swoosh seems to be skipping over retroing the Nike Kobe 7which wasn’t as well-received as the rest of Kobe’s Nike line.
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