Who should buy the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro

Even after retirement, Kobe Bryant still exerts his influence on the balling court. This 2018, instead of just awakening a sleeping legend through a retro release, he opts for an evolutionary iteration that makes his first signature shoe responsive to the unique needs of today.

This is a perfect pair for you if:

  • You're looking for classic retro model with style, that is big on performance.
  • You're a Kobe fan, and excited about the updated midsole system in this shoe.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro logo

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro's misdole structure

The most updated feature of the shoe, the cushioning system of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro now features full-length Zoom. This pressurized air unit is thin, giving the wearer that low-to-the-ground feel. In it are tightly stretched fibers that quickly bounce back to its original column-like shape after impact, giving high energy returns like no other.  

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro midsole mid

Outsole setup of Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro

The first Kobe Protro takes after the traction pattern and outsole material of the original Nike Zoom Kobe 1 that was released in 2005. The Protro’s outsole is still made of a soft rubber compound.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro outsole

The pattern is still a mixture of herringbone and diamond patterns, which have grooves that are widely spaced to prevent dust buildup.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro heel

Solid secure lockdown

These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes provide improved support. Its leather upper is slimmed down for a better fit. The mesh in its collar is replaced with a softer textile that hugs the ankle better. A carbon fiber overlay wraps the midfoot and the heel, giving the foot some cradling especially during motion.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro mesh collar

Of course, should there be a need for further adjustments, the shoe has the traditional laces. Stability is ensured by a carbon fiber midfoot shank.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro laces

Zoom Kobe 1 Protro's sturdy construction

The original Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro has full-grain leather in its upper. It has suede overlays and a sturdy outrigger.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro outrigger

The ankle collar is made of a softer textile for a better fit.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro ankle

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro style and story

There’s no mistaking it. The Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro really looks a lot like the the original Kobe 1 that was released in 2005. It still has that prominent Swoosh on both the medial and lateral sides.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro forefoot

It also retains the iconic Sheath logo on the tongue. It totally gives that nostalgic retro feel. With its updated specs, it also responds to the unique and much more aggressive athletic needs of today

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro collar

Facts / Specs

Weight: 15.1oz
Top: High
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Zoom Kobe
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Grey / Yellow

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Author
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.