Following the unveiling of the Nike Kobe 1 Protro last year, the Nike Kobe 4 is the next silhouette from the Kobe Bryant performance basketball line to receive the performance retro makeover.
Bryant told Eric Avar, Nike’s VP of Creative Director of Innovation, that he wanted the lowest, lightest weight basketball shoe Nike could make. Bryant got his wish with the Nike Zoom KOBE IV, which will be re-released in a Protro version (a blend of “performance” and “retro”).
Originally released in 2009, the Nike Zoom KOBE IV proved that a light, low-cut profile could still give optimum support at the game’s highest level. It wasn’t the first low-cut Nike hoops shoe (the 1972 Bruin takes that distinction), but its impact on the game was tremendous, as it linked the low-top movement with a single player. In today’s diversely talented league, low-top shoes are now worn by every type of player, from shifty point guards to rangy forwards to powerful bigs.
The Nike Zoom KOBE IV Protro takes a ’96 draft day colorway, inspired by a Charlotte color scheme, and brings in some updated performance features, including an adjusted vamp shape, a sleeker heel shape, wider outsole traction and a full-length Zoom Air unit.
Today, Nike Basketball has revealed that the Kobe IV Protro will officially launch February 11th on the SNKRS App, Nike.com, and select Nike stockists globally. No confirmation quite yet on whether or not these are a general release or pricing, but they should be available for a fair amount of time on the 15th, so keep your eyes peeled.
Nike Kobe 4 Protro ‘Draft Day’
Release Date: Friday, February 15th, 2019