In a heartfelt tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Nike is reintroducing the Kobe 8 silhouette in Protro form. The new Nike Kobe 8 Protro Halo, designed in collaboration with Vanessa Bryant, will debut on August 23, honoring Kobe’s birthday.
A Tribute to a Legend
The triple-white colorway of the Kobe 8 Protro Halo pays homage to Kobe Bryant, reflecting his iconic “Black Mamba” identity. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, has played a crucial role in imagining and creating the Halo shoe concept, which will become an annual release to celebrate Kobe’s special date.
Design and Performance Innovation
The Kobe 8 Protro Halo retains the iconic look of the original Kobe 8, which first launched in 2012. However, it features several updates in design and performance innovation. The Lunarlon midsole has been replaced with Nike React foam, allowing for enhanced comfort and responsiveness. The herringbone traction pattern has been updated, and the embroidery of the Swoosh on the upper and the Mamba logo on the tongue has been refreshed.
Celebrating Kobe’s Legacy
Timed with Kobe Bryant’s birthday on August 23, Nike is also hosting an elite two-day youth basketball tournament in front of Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Mamba League Invitational will invite eight teams of talented high school players in L.A., both men and women, to compete. The championship game will conclude on Mamba Day, August 24.
The Nike Kobe 8 Protro Halo will be available on August 23 on SNKRS and at select global retailers.
The release of the Nike Kobe 8 Protro Halo is more than just a shoe launch; it’s a celebration of a legend’s legacy. With Vanessa Bryant’s involvement and the Mamba League Invitational, Nike is ensuring that Kobe’s spirit continues to inspire and influence the world of basketball.