Who should buy the Nike Kobe 5 Protro

This throwback shoe from Nike and Kobe Bryant is for you if you are looking for footwear that:

  • performs well and looks cool
  • has that retro vibe without ditching modern shoe technologies
  • is really light and supportive
  • suits wearers with narrow feet

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Who should NOT buy this Protro shoe from Nike

The Kobe 5 Protro might be too expensive. Expert reviewers say that "(the debut price of) $180 is a little steep for the tech you get." Those who want cheaper options are advised to check out the Nike KyBrid S2 and the Nike LeBron Witness 6. Those who have wide feet can go for the Nike LeBron 19 and other LeBron shoes.

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Compared to the OG, the Kobe 5 Protro bites better

A noticeable improvement from the OG Kobe 5, the current traction has "more points of contact" and will "stop on a dime." This happens even if the outsole still features the same 'heartbeat' pattern used on the earlier versions of the fifth Kobe.

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However, it must be noted that the outsole attracts too much dust. Experts say that there is a need to wipe pretty frequently when playing on dusty courts.

The heel is given enough impact protection

Hoopers enjoy the plushness and sponginess of the Cushlon-equipped heel. However, this benefit is not immediately felt. There is a need to first break in the shoe.

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There's compression without compromising court feel and energy return

The updates in the Nike Kobe 5 Protro's cushioning system are meant to deliver reliable responsiveness and impact protection while keeping the shoe low to the ground. True enough, players report that this shoe indeed provides a "nice bounce, responsiveness, and court feel." There's practically nothing more to ask for!

Support and Lockdown? No worries with the Nike Kobe 5 Protro

The materials that make up the upper ensure that the foot is reliably supported especially during aggressive movements. Plus, the lateral outrigger, sturdy heel counter, and tight lacing system keep the foot securely locked in. Players have no complaints here. 

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...and the shoe's supportive without being restrictive

The upper is "thin enough to flex" and "strong enough to keep you contained." It's clear that comfort is also a top priority for this shoe.

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It must be noted still that this shoe is described as "super narrow." Those who like a snug fit are gonna love this shoe. However, wide-footers are advised to look somewhere else.

The Kobe 5 Protro won't weigh you down

At only 10.7 oz (303 g), the Kobe 5 Protro shoes are described by experts as "ultra lightweight...nothing is even close to these."

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Rock the courts and streets with this shoe

When it was first released in 2009, the fifth Kobe shoe under Nike delivered on the court and made waves off of it. It's still the same story today. The Protro version is as good as it looks. You will never be ashamed to wear this wherever you go. This shoe, after all, is flashy and totally recognizable Kobe.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 10.7oz
Top: Low
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Kobe
Colorways: Purple / White
SKUs: CD4991100 / CD4991101 / CD4991500 / CD4991700 / CT8014100

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.