Nike could be expanding its Kobe Protro line with the Kobe 5. According to @kb824 on Instagram, the popular “Chaos” colorway of Kobe Bryant’s fifth Nike signature sneaker is arriving this December.
The original “Chaos” Kobe 5 dropped in 2010 to much fanfare, thanks to its colorway inspired by Batman’s arch nemesis, the Joker. Pairs have held their value over time too with listings currently at $600 on Flight Club. The inspiration was also used earlier this year on the “Mamba Mentality” Kyrie 5 to celebrate Mamba Day 2019, but this would be the first time the colorway gets a true retro release.
Like past Protro releases, expect the exterior to look identical to its predecessor, but feature modern performance upgrades. Stay tuned as more information becomes available regarding this potential holiday release. The pair is currently rumored to drop on Dec. 26.
NOTE: The pair pictured above is the original “Chaos” Kobe 5.
The range includes four vibrant colorways of the Zoom Kobe 4 Protro, a sleek and low-cut silhouette that first debuted back in 2008, and today sits as one of the most popular styles in Kobe’s long-running Nike line. Each sneaker features a slick patent leather- and carbon fiber-accented low upper with sharp “8″ and “24″ details on the heel. There is nothing quiet about the colors within the pack, including such Nike-named shades as “court purple,” “team orange,” “fir,” and “hyper jade.” Lastly, the sneaker is rounded out with the Mamba and Undefeated logos at the tongue and a glossy Swoosh on the side. Sure, you could play a game of pickup ball in these but sneakers this flashy are made for stunting.
Kobe is one of the most accomplished NBA stars of all time, so it’s easy to see why Nike is still putting out sneakers that bear his name. Hell, the fact that Mamba Day still exists is proof of Bryant’s legacy and the still-burning desire fans have for Kobe-affiliated merch and sneakers. In fact, a big-deal collaboration with a hot streetwear shop (especially one that looks this good) is all the proof you needed to know that his signature shoes can still move the needle.