Vanessa Bryant teases fresh colorway for Kobe sneaker for Black History Month

Vanessa Bryant teases fresh colorway for Kobe sneaker for Black History Month


Businesswoman and model Vanessa Bryant has teased a new “Black History Month” (BHM) colorway for the Kobe 6 Protro sneaker.

While unconfirmed, if the shoe launches, it will join several others due for release this calendar year, including a new Nike Kobe 4 Protro colorway, the Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch, and the brand new Nike Kobe 8 Protro.

Born Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo, Bryant is the widow of late basketball player Kobe Bryant. They founded the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation together in 2007.

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Vanessa Bryant teases new Kobe 6 Protro sneaker honoring Black History Month on IG

Via an Instagram post, of which SI and Sneaker News have both captured screenshots (and see below), Vanessa Bryant appears to have set the stage for a new Kobe 6 Protro sneaker, in honor of Black History Month (BHM).

She captioned the post: “Kobe 6 Protro – Promo in celebration of Black History Month.”

The shoes are the same shape and style as regular Nike Kobe 6 Protros, but in a colorway the public don’t (yet) have access to. And, while the post doesn’t confirm that the shoes are actually on their way, Black History Month has begun, so the time couldn’t be better for a fresh release.

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How are the Black History Month sneakers she shared different from normal Kobe 6 Protros?

On this unreleased colorway, the faux snakeskin upper features a gradient pattern. It is white at the toes, and fades into a mid grey at the heel.

The laces are white with blue tips, and the heel base is the same blue as that which surrounds the Nike Swoosh logo. The Swoosh itself is pink, while the outsole is black, with a pink Kobe logo underneath the heel.

Sneaker News describes the colorway as “holistically disparate,” when compared with the previous Kobe 6 BHM release. They are indeed very different shoes.

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When did the last Kobe 6 BHM shoe come out, and how is it different from this particular Protro?

The Zoom Kobe 6 “Black History Month” was part of a larger Nike collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of BHM. It launched in 2011.

It showcased three distinct motifs, according to the Goat website: its black base referenced the black Chucks pioneer athletes wore in the 1960s; the metallic gold accents represented championship accomplishments; and other stylistic elements celebrated classic African American artistic practices.

The Kobe 6 Protro “Black History Month,” if it releases, while join the “Reverse Grinch” and the return of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro, making 2023 a big year for Nike shoes.

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