Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant was a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Philadelphia on August 23rd, 1978, he played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and retired after his final game on April 13th, 2016. Bryant passed away on January 26th, 2020 as a result of a fatal helicopter accident. He was 41 years old.

Just as fans remain extremely dedicated to the late Laker legend, demand for his footwear is at all-time high. Nike’s “Protro” series (a portmanteau of Performance Retro) brought back plenty of iconic Black Mamba models in colorways new and old. Mamba Day in April brought a three-pack of massive releases- the Kobe 8 “Venice Beach,” Kobe 6 “Italian Camo” and Kobe 4 “Philly” all sold out instantly after dropping on the 12th. Later down the line, it would appear the Kobe 8 Protro is returning in GR-like “Team Bank” colorways this Fall, as images of simple, tonal pairs like the “Hollywood Nights” and “Wolf Grey” have emerged on a consistent basis over the past several months.

Bryant’s time with the Three Stripes continues to be a central piece of their basketball strategy as well. The Crazy 8 and Crazy 98, each worn by Bean in the early stages of his Lakers tenure, get new releases on a semi-regular basis. Additionally, models like the adidas Crazy IIINFINITY and Mad IIINFINITY represent how creatives at the German giant spin the design language of his signature adidas shoes into the future.

Looking ahead, select 2025 releases have already been tipped off for both brands. In Beaverton, the Nike Kobe 8 “What The” and Nike Kobe 6 “Sail” are the first confirmed pairs on what’s sure to be a packed slate next year. In Germany, the Crazy 2 will receive its second-ever retro, returning for the first time since the 2010s.

Below you’ll find our latest coverage of Bryant’s footwear from Nike and adidas, including new colorways, photos and release dates.

Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Bryant Reveals Nike Kobe 6 Protro “WNBA All-Star” PE

There’s more attention on the 2024 WNBA All-Star Game than ever before, largely due to the new class of ballers bringing a newfound fanbase to...

By Sneaker News 9 hours

Detailed Look At The Nike Kobe 9 Elite Protro “Halo”

Updated July 8th, 2024: A detailed look at the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Protro “Halo” has been revealed. This new batch of images reveals a...

By Sneaker News July 3, 2024

The Nike Kobe 5 “X-Ray” Releases On Halloween

Looking ahead specifically to the Halloween-themed festivities of the Holiday 2024 season, Nike and the Kobe Brand have created the Kobe 5 X-Ray in honor...

By John Kim June 24, 2024

Nike “What The Kobe 8” Protro Releasing Summer 2025

While we’ve come to expect far ahead release info in the realm of Air Jordans, as the Nike Kobe line begins to rival their hype...

By Matt Varga June 10, 2024

EXCLUSIVE: The adidas Crazy 2 (Formerly The Kobe 2) Returning In 2025

Since his tragic passing in January of 2020, Kobe Bryant’s legacy has lived on mightily through his relentless “Mamba Mentality” approach to self-betterment, his commitment...

By John Kim June 6, 2024

Raffle List For The Kobe “Girl Dad” Shoes

The Kobe “Girl Dad” Shoes, formally known as the Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Girl Dad,” release on June 7th, 2024. The sneaker will arrive in...

By Matt Varga June 6, 2024

The Nike Kobe 6 “Grinch” Is Releasing In Football Cleat Form

Though Kobe shoes have always been a hot commodity, few true performance colorways have broken out in the meteoric fashion the Nike Kobe 6 Grinch...

By Matt Varga June 4, 2024

The Nike Kobe 4 “Girl Dad” Inspired By This Heartwarming Photo of Kobe And Gigi

The SNKRS Pass window for the Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Girl Dad” has ended. Instead, check out our full raffle list for Pass for the...

By Sneaker News May 31, 2024

Kobe Bryant’s Epic “Job’s Not Finished” Quote Immortalized On The Nike Kobe 4 Protro

Kobe Bryant may have put an end to pre-mature celebrations for good. Up 2-0 in the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic, Kobe Bryant...

By Sneaker News May 24, 2024