Kobe Bryant’s contract with Nike has officially expired, but two more pairs are expected to be released before they split ways. One of them is the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’, an homage to Kobe and his daughter Gigi.
This Nike Kobe 6 Protro is dressed in a simple Black, White, and Metallic Gold colour scheme. The toe and panels are highlighted with Black snakeskin texture, while the laces, Swoosh insignia, tongue branding, heel, and rubber outsole are all White. Following that, a snakeskin pattern covers the liner, with the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation emblem on the heel and Kobe and Gigi’s names printed on the left and right shoe. Finally, to complete the design, Gigi’s number ‘2’ strikes the lateral heel in Gold.
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ is set to arrive in 2022 at select shops and on Nike.com. The suggested retail price is $180. We will keep you updated as soon as we obtain additional information. For the time being, have a peek at the photographs below for a deeper look.
Color: Black/White-Metallic Gold
Release Date: 2022
Style Code: CW2190-002
Update (4/27): Nike has unveiled official photos of the ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ Kobe 6 Protro. A release date has yet to be announced.
Update (3/24/2022): Fresh off the news that Kobe Bryant and Nike will continue their partnership, the first shoe scheduled to release is the ‘Mambacita Sweet 16’ Kobe 6 Protro. A launch will take place sometime in 2022. Make sure to check back with us for more updates.
Update (6/3): Vanessa Bryant put out a statement via her Instagram regarding the Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Mamba Forever’. She has stated that she designed the shoes before deciding not to re-sign with Nike. Furthermore, she didn’t give approval to Nike for the shoes to be made. Ultimately, Bryant doesn’t want the shoes to be sold and is upset that people already have pairs.
Although Nike hasn’t announced a release date for the shoes, it does appear that the ‘Mamba Forever’ Kobe 6 Protro went into full production and is even rumored to launch this Summer. Bryant also stated that there are only two more Kobe’s releasing, one was the Undefeated x Kobe 6 Protro ‘Hall of Fame’ and the other is the Kobe 6 Protro ‘POP’.
Below, you can check out her statement and once we receive more information, we will make sure to update.
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Update (5/30): Check out on-feet photos of the ‘Mamba Forever’ Nike Kobe 6 Protro via yankeekicks.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Mamba Forever On-Feet
Update (5/22): We now have a detailed look at the ‘Mamba Forever’ Nike Kobe 6 Protro. A release is rumored to take place this Summer, however, Nike has yet to confirm. Images via LA Soles.