Nike(NYSE:NKE -0.83%)‘s continued rollout of Kobe Bryant‘s classic signature models in Protro form offers poignant memories of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend — and the latest moment/model to be spotlighted is the Kobe 6 Protro “All-Star.” Worn by the Black Mamba during his MVP performance at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, the shoe features a color scheme designed to match 2011’s ASG jerseys and upgraded tech that helps bring its on-court performance into a new decade.
A red synthetic material serves as the base on the upper’s toebox and midfoot, interspersed with spray paint-like dashes of black and covered by the Kobe 6’s signature scaly snakeskin print. Mesh throats and leather heels alike are done up in black, with midfoot Swooshes presented in white for a touch of airy contrast. Black and red laces nod to the game’s year and location with “2011” and “LA” on the left and right foot’s fused deubres, while more branding is provided by Kobe’s Kill Bill-inspired sheath logo on the tongue and his signature in silver on the black heel clip.
Insoles supply a special red and white print that nods to the All-Star Game, and the midsoles/outsoles are packed chock-full of upgrade tech. A large Air Zoom Turbo bag is embedded in the forefoot, the heel boasts a softer foam than the original pair and the improved traction pattern offers more surface area for sharp cuts to the hoop to complete the shoe’s build.
An official release date for the Nike Kobe 6 Protro “All-Star” has yet to be announced, but it may arrive on Nike SNKRS around when the 2021 All-Star Game was originally supposed to be played in February. via Hypebeast.com