For the past three years, fans of the Nike and Kobe sneaker line have been uncertain about the future of the iconic basketball shoe. However, Nike finally put an end to the speculation when they announced the return of Kobe’s signature sneaker last month. Since then, sneaker accounts have been going crazy with news on all the upcoming Nike Kobe releases fans can expect for the next two years. With only a few short days to go until the first release, we thought we’d compile a comprehensive list of all the known Nike Kobe releases for the 2023–24 season.
1. Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Halo’
Nike is starting the new chapter of Kobe Bryant’s signature line with a bang. In celebration of the late basketball legend’s birthday, Nike is releasing the Kobe 8 Protro ‘Halo’ in full-family sizing as a tribute to his incredible legacy. This all-white basketball shoe features a pristine white engineered mesh construction on most of the upper, while pebble-grain leather covers the area around the collar and heels. Additional details on the upcoming release include a plastic heel counter, a black midfoot shank plate, beautifully embroidered Nike Swooshes on the sides, and Kobe’s signature logo embroidered on the tongue. The shoe also boasts a responsive Zoom Air cushioning system for optimal performance on the court.
With its sleek design and thoughtful details, the Kobe 8 Protro ‘Halo’ is a fitting tribute to a legend of the game. You can catch this drop on SNKRS and select Nike retailers this Wednesday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. EST. The sneakers will retail at $180 for adult sizes, but options will also be available for youth sizes at a lower price point. This allows fans of all ages to pay homage to Kobe’s legacy and enjoy the performance benefits of this iconic shoe. However, volumes are limited, so act fast and secure your pair before they sell out.
2. Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Reverse Grinch’
The Kobe 6 Protro ‘Reverse Grinch’ is easily one of the best alternative colourways in Kobe’s signature lineup, maybe even in the basketball shoe market. The vibrant crimson-red hue of the ‘Reverse Grinch’ offers a striking contrast to the original green “Grinch” colourway and takes the design to a whole new level.
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Reverse Grinch’ releases on Saturday, December 16. Fans can purchase the shoes for $180 in adult sizing on the Nike website and at select retailers. Take advantage of the opportunity to gift yourself a pair of these stunning red sneakers this holiday season.
3. Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Black & Gold
Nike is gearing up to make our festive season even more special with the release of the Kobe 4 Protro ‘Black & Gold edition. This sleek and sophisticated colourway features a black upper with gold accents, giving it a luxurious and elegant look. Fans can expect these highly coveted sneakers to drop on December 26, just in time to add some extra style to your New Year’s Eve outfit. The shoes are expected to cost $180 for adult sizes and will likely be available for purchase via Nike’s website and at select retailers. With its signature, Kobe Bryant branding and top-notch performance features, the Kobe 4 Protro ‘Black & Gold’ is yet another holiday 2023 release fans can look forward to.
4. Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Emerald’
Heading up the Kobe sneaker releases for next year is the Kobe 8 Protro ‘Emerald’ colourway. This sneaker features vibrant emerald accents that contrast beautifully against the sneaker’s crisp white base colour. Let’s not forget the impressive performance features, such as the responsive Zoom Air cushioning and full-length Lunarlon midsole that provide exceptional comfort and support on the court. While this colourway is not as striking as others on this list, it still offers a clean and sleek look that will appeal to those who prefer a more understated style. The Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Radiant Emerald’ will launch on Thursday, February 8, 2024, and will cost $190 for adult sizes.
5. Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Purple’
Another white-based sneaker option is the Kobe 8 Protro ‘Purple’, which features vibrant purple accents and a clean, modern aesthetic. Featuring all the same performance-enhancing features as the ‘Emerald’ version, the ‘Purple’ colourway adds a subtle yet stylish touch to any sneaker collection.
The Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Court Purple’ will release on Thursday, February 8, 2024. The shoes will cost $190 in adult sizes and will likely drop alongside its ‘Radiant Emerald’ counterpart online and in select stores.
6. Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Venice Beach’
Coming in with a vibrant burst of colours, the Kobe 8 ‘Venice Beach’ brings a lively and energetic vibe to the Kobe lineup. The combination of teal, orange, yellow, and silver creates a visually striking design that pays its respects to the original Kobe 8 ‘Venice Beach’ colourway, first released in 2013.
The Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Venice Beach’ does not have an official release date just yet, but this bright beauty is rumoured to release during Summer 2024. Additionally, pricing is also still uncertain, however, it seems likely that the pair will cost roughly the same amount as the other sneakers on this list.
7. Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Philly’
Returning for the first time since its original release in 2009, the Nike Kobe 4 ‘Philly’ is yet another Kobe release to receive the Protro treatment. The blue, white, and red colourway, which pays homage to Kobe’s Philadelphia roots, features updated technology and materials for improved performance on the court. The sneaker also boasts reflective 3M stars along the ankle collar for added flair. With its sleek design and nod to Kobe’s hometown, the Kobe 4 Protro ‘Philly’ is sure to be a highly sought-after shoe among basketball fans and sneakerheads. Expect the Nike Kobe 4 ‘Philly’ to release in Summer 2024 for $180 adult sizes.
8. Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Italian Camo’
2024 marks the return of the iconic Kobe 6 Protro ‘Italian Camo’ sneaker. This highly anticipated release pays homage to Kobe’s love for Italy and features a unique camouflage pattern inspired by the country’s rich culture and history. The faux-snakeskin upper sports a camouflage design borrowed from Italian military uniforms. Although its combination of black, crimson, and khaki slightly differs from the original, the latest arrangement is equally striking. The Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Italian Camo’ is expected to release during the summer of 2024 for $180 in adult sizes.
9. Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Metallic Gold
The summer of 2024 is a promising season for sneaker enthusiasts with the highly anticipated release of several signature Kobe sneakers, including the Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Metallic Gold’. This eye-catching shoe features a predominantly white upper with sleek metallic gold accents that exude luxury and style—a more striking option amongst the white-based sneakers.
According to Sneaker Files, the Nike Kobe 8 Protro ‘Metallic Gold’ will arrive in the summer of 2024. Although the details are still to be confirmed, these shoes will likely be sold for $180 in adult sizes. Be prepared to add this white and golden beauty to your collection when it drops in the summer of 2024.
10. Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Bicoastal’
Fans of the Kobe lineup can anticipate the release of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Bicoastal’ in Summer 2024. Priced at $180 in adult sizes, this sneaker is expected to offer a refreshing and calming vibe with its bicoastal green upper and midsole, complemented by a black outsole and Kobe logo for a striking contrast. Although currently only available as mockups, if the final product stays true to the concept, it will surely be a stunning addition to the Kobe lineup.