The Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Purple Reign" is a continuation of the Mamba's legacy.

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The Protro line itself is about improving on older Nike concepts. Kobe Bryant's signature sneaker line is littered with classics. Nike has made quite the habit of bringing those back with a few upgrades. After all, Protro stands for Performance Retro.

Kobe hated the idea of releasing retro models for the sake of honoring his name. Consequently, the return of the Kobe 1 has been all about function. Still, the brand has been glorifying the Laker legend in subtle ways on these releases.

This "Purple Reign" colorway is a pretty terrific example. To be sure, it packs the features that make it practical on the court. A lot of these details are modern updates to the original Kobe 1 design. The upper is made lighter, with parts chopped away after being deemed unnecessary.

The midsole has been upgraded as well. Back in the day, a layer of Zoom was more than enough. At the time of the Kobe 1's release, this setup was elite. Today, however, Nike's Zoom tech has made all sorts of leaps. The Protro model now comes with a more robust Zoom Air bag. It also opts for much less foam separating you from the cushion itself.

To make it even lighter, the designers took off the carbon fiber shank. This resulted in a more flexible shoe as well.

Though functionally sound, colorways such as the "Purple Reign" edition kept the OG feel. The Protro was featured on Instagram and other platforms as a retro. But, it also performed on the court.

This iteration comes with Dark Purple hits via suede cuts. Black leather and Gold lining details bring the look together as a Laker reference.

Available now, make sure you don't miss out on this performance retro model.


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