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The Nike Kobe Halo Series Explained

Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Halo”
Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Halo”

Following Kobe Bryant's untimely passing in January 2020, the future of the Nike Kobe lineup seemed uncertain. Releases became sporadic, and for a moment, the continuation of the line was in jeopardy due to a botched unveiling of the Nike Kobe 6 “Mambacita.”

However, Vanessa Bryant re-partnered with Nike to ensure that the legacy of the iconic Kobe sneakers lived on. Starting with the Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Halo,” the lineup is not merely making a comeback but is set to relaunch with renewed fervor. Included in this are upcoming retros of classic colorways like the Kobe 8 Protro “Venice Beace” and Kobe 6 Protro “Italian Camo” as well as brand-new color schemes like the Kobe 8 Protro “White Metallic Gold Black.”

The Mamba Mentality lives on, not just in the players Bryant inspired but also in the products that bear his name. The Nike Kobe Halo series stands as a symbol of this ongoing legacy.

What is Nike Kobe Halo Series?

The Halo series, a brainchild of Vanessa Bryant, is an annual tribute to Kobe Bryant’s birthday. Beyond merely being a sneaker release, it's a dedication and a reminder of Kobe's contribution to the world of sports and beyond. Initiating this special series is the Nike Kobe 8 Protro "Halo," a pristine all-white version of the first Kobe 8 Protro. The purity of the design evokes a sense of reverence and remembrance for the star. It’s unclear if future releases will stick to an all-white theme, though it is likely the case.

What Nike Kobes Are Getting Protros?

Protro, a blend of "performance" and "retro," signifies shoes that merge classic aesthetics with modern tech. Only a select few Kobe models are receiving this special treatment and will eventually launch as part of the “Halo” series, including the Kobe 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

When Do Nike Kobe Halo Sneakers Release?

Fans can anticipate the drop of a new Halo sneaker every year, precisely on Bryant's birthday, which is August 23. This annual tradition ensures that as years go by, the world will have a dedicated day to remember, celebrate, and honor the legend of Kobe Bryant through his iconic shoes. Stay tuned to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app for real-time updates on the Nike Kobe line and Kobe Halo releases.

How Much Do Nike Kobe Halo Sneakers Cost?

Specific pricing details for future releases are currently a mystery, though we know the Nike Kobe 8 Protro “Halo” will retail for $180 in men’s, $120 in grade school, and $90 in pre-school sizing.

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