For Air Max 270,The Nike Kobe 6 Protro will drop in a new “Mamba Forever” rendition honoring the memory of the late basketball player and his daughter Gigi. Instead of Lakers purple and yellow, the kicks are done up in the same black and gold used for Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy, which was renamed Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation after the tragic death of the two Bryants.Despite the estate of Kobe Bryant declining to renew his contract with Nike, sneakers from his signature line continue to roll out. This Friday, Undefeated is releasing a pair of Kobe 5 Protros commemorating his posthumous induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. And as new images have revealed, Nike has yet another honorific pair coming down the pipeline.
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro wears a simple black-based color scheme combined with white accents as a nod to the hues used for the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation’s logo. Both the names of the late basketball legend and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” are stamped on the heel counter in honor of their lives after they tragically passed away in a helicopter crash last year.
This adidas NMD R1 OG features a Black stretch knitted upper with matching Three Stripes, laces, tongue and heel branding. A White Boost midsole with Red and Blue EVA insert overlays atop a Black rubber outsole completes the design.All three pairs discard the Primeknit upper of their inspirations, opting instead for a standard mesh. “Core Black” and “Cloud White” both equip tonal branding and heel clips while “Grey Four” adds contrast with black hits in both spots. Heel tabs aid with ease of entry and removal on all three styles, and each is completed by a white BOOST midsole with a true OG NMD detail: red and blue EVA foam “bricks.”