Last updated on February 16th, 2024
|Nike Kobe 9 'Christmas' Protro
|- bright crimson/black/white
- flyknit construction
- carbon fiber heel counter
- Dynamic Flywire cables
Following the conclusion of the Kobe Reverse Grinch event, fresh speculations about upcoming releases from the Kobe Brand are surfacing. The most recent rumor suggests that a Nike Kobe 9 "Christmas" Protro is anticipated to debut in 2024.
The reliable leaker Sneaker Files, known for breaking news about the "Reverse" pair, has shared a rumor regarding the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Kobe 9 Elite. The release cycle of the "Performance Retro" line has not followed the usual order, but it is speculated that there may be a reissue of the festive drop from 10 years ago, along with a few other Kobe 9 Elite Protros.
Similar to previous re-releases, the rumored pair in question - famously worn by Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers during a Christmas Day game in 2014, where Kobe Bryant watched from the sidelines due to leg discomfort - is expected to make a comeback with all of its original features intact.
The Flyknit construction, which has gained popularity in Nike's most innovative models such as the Alphafly 3 marathon shoe, will be present.
Additionally, the carbon fiber heel counter and Dynamic Flywire cables will likely be well-received in today's performance basketball landscape, despite the current preference for sneakers with a lower profile - a trend initially set by the Nike Kobe 4. It is possible that updates will be made to the midsole foam and traction patterns, as has been seen with other Protro releases. These modifications reflect the late Kobe Bryant's desire to adapt his signature sneakers to meet the demands of the modern game and its athletes.
In terms of appearance, the Kobe 9 "Christmas" Protro is designed to be indistinguishable from the original version that was released on December 26th, 2014. The festive design incorporates the vibrant shade of "Bright Crimson" alongside contrasting "Black" and "White" elements on the Flyknit material and sole unit. Adding a touch of Christmas tree-green, Bryant's signature is brought to life on the tall tongue, as well as through nine strips on the spine and a porous sockliner.
The combination of these elements perfectly captures the holiday spirit while also providing basketball players with a visually captivating shoe that can be worn throughout the year.
Nike has yet to announce an official release date for the SNKRS, but it is anticipated to be revealed in 2024 summer. While we wait, let's take a closer glimpse at the Kobe 9 "Christmas" from 2014. The updated Protro version is expected to be priced between $200 and $230 USD.