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Nike Kobe 1 Protro Deconstructed Report

NIKE ZOOM KOBE 1 was released in December 2005. It was the first  signature shoe  for Kobe, created by designer Ken Link. The cortex structure of the upper is full of texture, and the Zoom and carbon plates in the midsole ensure the cushioning performance and stability of the shoes. Kobe’s personal LOGO was inspired by the scabbard of the samurai sword. NIKE ZOOM KOBE 1 will be released  in 2018. Let’s take a look at the details.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 ProtroRelease Date: February 17th, 2018$175Color: Black/Black-Varsity MaizeStyle Code: AQ2728-003


Black shoe box with front Kobe personal LOGO and handwritten signature

Though it is simply black and there is a details of site


It appears that Nike has big plans for Zoom Kobe 1 as we’ve already learned of a collaboration with LA-based UNDEFEATED, while the timing of the releases appear to coincide with the NBA All-Star game taking place in Los Angeles, the city where Bryant made his name.

For the material :Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” said Bryant told Nike in a statement. it used the  Flyknit or making it a lifestyle shoe. For the colorway , the Zoom Kobe 1 is back and ready for ball with a new lightweight build.Outfitted in a clean black and yellow makeup. I am thinking it is bright colorway for spring .


With UPTEMPO printed on the heel, NIKE was once one of the three major series of basketball

For the traction:

There are the details as below ;

For cushioning : While the Zoom Kobe  has been an obvious trend setting sneaker with the low-top cut, one of the main elements Kobe wanted to shed from the Huarache series was the strap on the collar because even then, he wanted to experiment with a lower line for the collar.the Kobe I boasted excellent cushion and support, despite being minimally heavier than the other kicks the Mamba had worn with Nike.How low he could go was still up in the air at that time, but even on the Zoom Kobe I, we can see a lowered collar line, with the collar itself made of a perforated soft fabric.

With UPTEMPO printed on the heel, NIKE was once one of the three major series of basketball

The forefoot midsole draws on the design concept of FREE and the rollover design is quite practical


Midsole surround carbon fiber grain trim strip

For the traction :it used great rubber with great grip.


We can see the carbon fiber  support plate which improved the supporting

Breathable insole with heel upturned to better fit the shoes

On the back of the insole, cushioning glue is added to the main force of the front and back palms

The  insole about 278 mm for US 9/42.5

insoles forefoot width 94.86 mm for the size US 9/42.5

The  insole thickness of about 4.88 mm for the size US 9/42.5

About 453.4 grams of shoes for the size US 9/42.5

Let’s take a look at the difference between the  KOBE 1 and the 18th version . Here is the picture : The size of the first version (white) ,and the 18th version(black and yellow)

For the box : it is different colorway and design .

The first version used the  Red/khaki shoebox, and the 18th version  using pure black shoebox.

The first version Name: ZOOM KOBE 1, The 18 version name: KOBE 1 PROTRO

It is almost the same design for between the first version and 18th version.

It will be higher compare with the 1 st version .

For the supporting : it is seem the same design for the heel ,but for the 18 version , ht foam will be more firm.

For the traction : they used the same traction . but differenct colorway .

For the system , it also the same design .

For the detail of inside : The first year version of the ankle was added to the leather material, and the 18th version canceled this design.

There are different of details of the tag

The first year version  and the 18th edition insole are added with cushioning glue on the back, that is a great design .

Overall, KOBE 1 is the first basketball shoe of Bryant’s career. The 18th version is following the the first version ,also the  color brought me a surprised  . It is a small regret to cancel the leather patch on the ankle. It is said that the midsole configuration has been upgraded,we are exception for this one .