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FutureStarrA Kobe 5
The value of their fanbase is clear: The Lakers are one of the most valuable teams in the NBA and boast a global fanbase.
Constructionally, it is formed to the exact low-profile shape as the original Zoom Kobe 5 that first released in 2009, and traditionally comes built with synthetic uppers that are held together by Nike’s Flywire technology, snake-like overlays that run down its throat, and a plastic heel counter. Branding is typically present atop the side walls which host its Swooshes, the Mamba logo atop the tongues, and Kobe’s hand-written signature at the rear.
The Kobe 5 Protro switched up a few things from the OG Kobe V. For better or worse? The traction pattern is tighter spaced which provides more contact points and more consistent traction on clean courts. Nike replaced the Zoom cushioning of the original Kobe V with Zoom Turbo known from Kyrie's shoes. The cushioning is responsive in the forefoot and the Cushlon foam in the heel is super soft and comfortable. The materials are super lightweight and flexible and hopefully more durable than in the original version. Support and fit are still as excellent as they were 10 years ago. Overall, the Kobe V Protro truly is an improved version of one of the most popular shoes in the Kobe signature line. (Source: www.thehoopsgeek.com)
Davis isn’t the only one. Throughout the four-month restarted NBA season, 102 players across the league (67% wears Nike) laced up 280 pairs of Bryant’s Nike sneakers. The Kobe 5, in particular, emerged as the most-worn sneaker inside the bubble, with 70 players lacing up different pairs of Kobe 5s in 55 colorways. (By comparison, 104 NBA players laced up different pairs of Kobe 4s in the fall of 2019, during the first few months of the 2019-20 NBA season before Bryant died.)
A select group of 21 players led by Davis, P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets, Andre Iguodala of the Miami Heat, DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns broke out player exclusive (PE) editions of the Kobe 5. During the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat, 12 players wore Kobe 5s. Meanwhile, Seattle Storm shooting guard Jewell Loyd, the face of Bryant’s Nike signature line for women’s basketball, rotated between 12 pairs of Kobe 5s in the WNBA bubble this season, including a “Gold Mamba” PE she wore the night the Storm won the title. (Source: theundefeated.com)
The Nike Kobe 5 Protro Hall of Fame is a shoe making waves in the sneaker industry and amongst Kobe fans. In commemoration of Kobe’s induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, with Michael Jordan presenting him no less, Nike collaborated with Undefeated to bring us a shoe to remember him and his greatness. We miss the Black Mamba, but we’re glad we have a chance to buy and wear his sneakers. (Source: weartesters.com)