On November 29th, 2015, Kobe announced that he would be retiring from professional basketball. On April 13, 2016, he played his final game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz. Not only did the Lakers win the game, Kobe scored 60 points during it, the highest any player had in the 2016–17 NBA season. Of course, the end of Kobe’s professional basketball career did not exactly mark the end of his signature Nike line. This year, it was revealed that all previous Kobe models would be receiving the retro treatment, with the first installment being the Zoom Kobe 1 Proto.
Despite being referred to as a retro, the Zoom Kobe 1 Proto featured upgraded tooling, so it was alternately also named the Zoom Kobe 1 Performance Retro. While it still looks just like the Zoom Kobe 1, it is far more lightweight as a result of getting rid of certain unnecessary elements and features. It also offers greater cushioning. Perhaps the most advance performed upgrade that was made was the addition of Zoom bags in its midsoles. Its carbon fiber shanks are also smaller in size and the use of foam was avoided. The debut Zoom Kobe 1 Proto “Del Sol” colorway retailed for $175 on February 17th, 2018.
It is relatively uncommon for special, Player Exclusive iterations of sneaker models to arrive at retailers, so it is kind of a rarity when that happens, which is the case here. Featured here is a Nike Kobe 1 Proto PE that was apparently designed for DeMar DeRozan of Toronto Raptors. Its uppers are made up of patent leather, dressed up in entirely in Red, and even its rubber soles are covered in Red. Contrasting plain White-colored detailing appears in the form of DeMar’s number “10” and “UPTEMPO” embroidered onto each heel, the Nike “Swoosh” logos, and the outline of Kobe’s logo on each tongue.
Under normal circumstances, you would not be able to grab a pair of this sneaker, but you actually can, as long as you are in specific cities. This Nike Kobe 1 Protro PE “DeMar DeRozan” will make its retail debut on April 9th, 2018 at House of Hoops in New York City, Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, and 247 Yonge St. in Toronto.
Nike Kobe 1 Protro PE “DeMar DeRozan”
Release Date: April 9th, 2018