For over a year, players and fans alike had to grab whatever Kobe basketball shoes they could find. Luckily, the two parties reached an agreement in March 2022, and Nike plans to continue re-releasing older Kobe models (known as the Kobe Protro line). This is exciting news for hoopers and sneakerheads.Nike is rumored to release the Kobe 6 Prelude 'All-Star MVP' with performance upgrades in 2022. Nike and Kobe Bryant began releasing older models from the Nike Kobe line in 2018. But only under one condition – the retro basketball shoes must include performance upgrades.
If you've been on the hunt for a SoBe drink, you may still be able to find one if you're lucky. The brand, which was founded in 1995 and is owned by PepsiCo, still has a functional website that features its current line of beverages — SoBe Elixir, though they can't be purchased directly from the site (bummer).
Nike has not released a shoe from the Kobe line since May 2022.
Why is it hard to buy Kobe shoes
Desirable sneakers, Kobes included, are usually made in scarce quantities to fulfil one half of the simple rule of supply and demand. If demand outweighs supply and the shoes sell out, then they're a hit.Keep in mind that the Kobe x Nike partnership came to a close midway into the run of the 6 Protro, with the new deal revived at retail through the release of the “Sweet 16” Nike Kobe 6 Protro in Spring 2022.The Nike Kobe 8 is rumored to be the next sneaker from Kobe Bryant's signature line to receive Protro treatment. The late-great Kobe Bryant rewrote the history books throughout his life. Not only did the Los Angeles Lakers legend make basketball history, but he also left an indelible mark on performance footwear.
Since Bryant's passing in January 2020, both demand and prices for Nike Kobes have both skyrocketed, compounded by the shocking split between Nike and Bryant's family estate last June.
Where are Kobe Grinches releasing
Look for the Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” to release on December 24th at select retailers and StockX. The retail price tag is set at $180 USD.In the aftermath of Bryant's untimely and tragic death, all his sneakers sold out at retailers everywhere. Nike released more, but they were extremely limited. And, to make matters worse, we found out Bryant's contract with Nike was up, and once it ended they'd stop manufacturing his shoes altogether.The reasoning behind the scarcity is that Nike's partnership with Kobe's estate has come to an end, so production of the sneakers have come to a halt and with though negotiations between the two sides are ongoing there's not guarantee that they'll work together again.
Keep in mind that the Kobe x Nike partnership came to a close midway into the run of the 6 Protro, with the new deal revived at retail through the release of the “Sweet 16” Nike Kobe 6 Protro in Spring 2022.